What I Read Today;
Philippians 1; Acts 7-8; Zephaniah 2-3; Ecclesiastes 12; Esther 4; Deuteronomy 23
Esther is in a tight fix. Her people have been marked for death by an enemy from within the government, and the King has been duped into signing off on the death sentence. She’s afraid because protocol says she has to be called in to see the king, and he hasn’t asked for her in quite a while. Her uncle’s words, “Maybe you have been raised for such a time as this,” push her to action. The rest, as they say, is history. Esther will go on to save her people, the enemy will be vanquished and her uncle honored by all.
It’s tough to take action. It’s easy to see things through the lens of fear. Especially when your friends are involved.
Our world seems to have gone stark raving mad. Congress and the President are at war. Republicans and Democrats can barely look at one another while in committee meetings. Black and White, Gay and Straight, and Male and Female, we are more divided than at any time in my 54-years on this earth.
The extremes at both ends of the spectrums seem to be winning.
Making matters worse, the Church, the one body that is supposed to be impartial and call out bad behavior on both sides, is picking sides. We seem to be in a never-ending battle of Liberals vs. Conservatives.
What should we do?
First, fall on our knees and seek God’s guidance, wisdom, and forgiveness. We need to seek to understand what God wants in our crazy times. We need to be in the Word, not tweeting words that attack others.
Second, we need to ask ourselves some questions before we speak, tweet, or post. I’ve seen some tweets from people who quite simply knew that they should have deleted that tweet before it ever hit the internet. But they didn’t think through what the consequences would be. They didn’t take the time to understand that maybe they would be running a tanker full of gasoline into the middle of a burning building.
Third, we must once and for all recognize that Jesus told us to love our enemies. We do not show love for our enemies by going nuclear every time someone says something stupid. We do not show love for people by pointing out every fault they have.
Fourth, the church stands for the truth and should call out both friend and foe alike when they are wrong. Christians on the right, who have fallen in love with this President because of his Abortion stance are wrong to look the other way when he is clearly violating scriptural principles on the treatment of immigrants and who continues the horrible treatment of anyone perceived to be an enemy is unsuitable to his office.
Christians on the left who have fallen in love with progressive politicians because of social justice principles, still need to call out a secretary of state who violated numerous laws keeping an illegal off-site e-mail server, and left people to die in Benghazi and a President who committed perjury and took advantage of a twenty-something intern.
The Church needs to be apolitical when it comes to bad behavior and bad policy by politicians or anyone else for that matter.
Finally, we must ask ourselves this question before we say, do, post, or tweet anything. Does what I’m about to do lead people to the grace of Jesus Christ? If it doesn’t, don’t do it! Jesus was not concerned about politics, he was worried about souls. He was concerned about ordinary people, trying to live out everyday lives and showing them love, grace, and mercy.
We need to stop defending the indefensible that often occurs in politics regardless of who is committing the act.
The credibility of the Church is on the line and reflects poorly on Jesus when it happens.