What I read today;
Titus 3; John 4; Jeremiah 4; Psalm 38; 1 Samuel 21; Exodus 23
On the 24th of August, the Democratic party did something no political party has ever dared to do. During their summer meeting, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution praising the values of the “non-religious” people. They praised these voters for championing things like LGBT rights and immigration.
But they didn’t stop there.
They then went on to add language criticizing religous or evangelical voters. The claim was that the evangelical community had been guilty of denying civil rights to LGBT people and immigrants.
The fact that a major political party in the United States just condemned religious people should have sent the religious community to its knees in prayer. It should have caused us to wonder aloud if we had failed. In the United States, it has long been claimed that Social Security was the third rail of politics. Touch it and you die. Reality is that while Social Security is important at no time in our 250-year history would an American Political Party dare to call out the religious of this nation.
But something is different today.
For the past 40 years, the church has spent an incredible amount of time making sure that everyone knew what we condemned. From abortion to gay rights we have stood on the street corners screaming “repent” to anyone who would listen. We have spent an inordinate amount of time pointing out the errors in our society but not really spent any time trying to be a part of the solution.
In Paul’s letter to Titus in chapter 3, Paul lays out how he wants Titus to behave to society.
In the very first verse, he starts by telling Titus to remind everyone to be subject to the rulers and authorities and to be obedient and do good works.
How does our church do in that matter today? We resist, fight and argue.
In the second verse, he tells Titus to “speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling and be gentle.” Hmm, how do we do with this one?
In the third verse, he reminds Titus not to look down on people because simply put, we also are sinful human beings. Of all the people on the planet, we should be the ones who understand what it is to be forgiven.
In verses 4 and 5, Paul reminds us that what we need to be proclaiming is the love of God that appeared in the form of Christ Jesus to save us all. We then need to get out of the Holy Spirits way and let it do the redeeming work of Jesus.
Finally, in verse 9 and 10, he tells Titus to avoid stupid quarrels about the law and those who continue to make those arguments.
What Paul is saying here is that our job is to tell people about the Love of God that came in Christ Jesus. Our job is to tell everyone we can that Jesus did come to the earth as true man and true God and that he died to make a way for all of us to enter eternity.
Once we’ve done our job it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to change the heart.
You have as much of a chance of changing someone mind by standing and shouting as you do of winning a Facebook or Twitter argument.
That would be none.
So simply put, let people see your good deeds, tell them about the love of Christ and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit.