I’m not afraid of government overreach as much as I’m afraid of citizens mutual intolerance of each other. I’m not afraid of a virus as much as I’m afraid of the anger that is growing between those who hold different perspectives. I’m not as afraid that we need to fight for a right to worship in church buildings, as much as I’m afraid that as Christians we need to be reminded that we ourselves are the living stones of the church. I am afraid of the loss of love and patience and kindness that I see.
Ephesians 4: 29-32
In recent comments of those taking a political stand, I’ve been reduced to, “a mindless sheep, someone who doesn’t care about the loss of my freedom, a fearful undevoted Christian, a racist, someone using fear tactics, and someone spreading lies from the deep state.” These comments have come from those I align with politically and those I don’t align with politically. It seems to be, that if we don’t agree in exactly the manner we are supposed to navigate these insane world situations we find ourselves in, that we reduce the value of those souls who don’t align with our own views of self righteousness. That is exactly opposite of what Christ did.
Hebrews 12: 14-15
We as Christians are, “defiled,” by any root of bitterness. We must actively seek peace. I must hold the value of another soul at the same level as my own soul. I must allow others the free will to navigate, just as God has given me. I must long suffer, and seek not my own. I dare not be so proud as to believe my own perspectives lift me above my God given commandment to first love my neighbor as myself.
James 1: 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
This is not an easy post for me to write. It’s sharp, but it’s only painful when I find myself on the wrong end of the sword of truth. Pain in my heart threatens to rise into anger at times and I need the word of God to bring me back to humility and the remembrance that He is the one who judges the hearts. I need the word of God to rid me of iniquity, purify me and lead me to a more righteous walk. I need to be chastised and purified when my heart begins to harden, and my words begin to taste of bitterness.
James 3: 5-18
The fruit of righteousness is not bitter. If I possess the fruit of the spirit, I have love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 22-23.) Jesus had every reason to grow bitter. He had the most righteous and infallible perspective of us all, and yet when He calls us sheep, it is to show His love and protection over us and gently remind us that we wander easily into dangerous places when we are not led. We are all His sheep and I am more than okay with that. We shouldn’t look to each other to lead the way, we must look to the shepherd.
Matthew 12: 34-37
I pray my words at the last day will reflect a passionate love for Jesus over a passionate love of myself and my own opinion, a love of all of God’s children, a commitment to what is right, humility and true repentance for my sin, and a confession of my faith and hope in God, His son, and the Holy Spirit. God bless you each. I pray for you, and I love you.