What I read today;
Genesis 30; Ruth 2-3; Psalm 24; Isaiah 24; Luke 3-4; 1 Corinthians 8
We tend to define people by the things they own. How many times have you heard the statement, “owe he’s from the wrong side of the tracks?” In America, we love our labels. He’s conservative, she’s liberal have become buzzwords to group people into tribes. Social media has now devolved into a place where name-calling and vile speech is a normal occurrence. We can no longer disagree with one another without it devolving into personal attacks. If you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you can quickly be labeled a bigot or worse. Your worth as a person can now be defined by your beliefs, and you can be attacked with the strongest venom in the world within seconds. It’s tempting to want to strike back and to treat people in kind. It’s tempting to think of those we disagree with or who’ve attacked us as less than worthy of our respect and dignity.
However, Psalm 24 says that everything is owned by God. So if everything is God’s then what a person believes or possesses cannot define who that person is. That person must be identified as being a creation of God. Since that person is created by God, it doesn’t matter what car he drives, or how expensive the house they own is, or what position that person holds, or what political views he holds. Worth is now defined by his being a unique creation of the creator of the universe.
Regardless of our feelings towards a person, it is the fact that God created him that should cause us to love that person even the unloveable.
Jesus came to the earth to reach out with God’s love too all mankind. Not just to republicans or democrats or conservatives or liberals. He came to offer pardon and peace to every human being.
We can’t force our views on people. Nor should we. Our job is to preach the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit do its work.
The next time you are tempted to hit type that snarky reply, whether your conservative or liberal remember, the person on the receiving end was created by God just like you were. No matter what he or she believes.