As Paul did many times, I want to say something to the body of Christ. This is my take on what I am seeing in this country right now.
Those that are happy with the election and Christian need to quit with the derogatory attitudes. You are supposed to be born again, and striving to live like Christ. I do not recall Him chiding, deriding, laughing at, or talking down to the people He was seeking to save. If we are really trying to reach people, then attitudes have to change. The Bible says in Proverbs . . .
“1 A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable, But the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly. 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Watching the evil and the good [in all their endeavors] ~ Proverbs 15:1-3
To all the Christians out there going on and on about “snowflakes,” babies, safe spaces, etc… Please stop already. Yes, I get that it feels great to say “the shoe’s on the other foot now,” but you aren’t helping anyone except yourself. It is now “payback” time to everyone on the right of the political spectrum. We all have to accept that most everyone on the right, eight years ago, felt the same way as you people on the left are feeling. No, the right did not act like the left, but the feelings were there. It is so obvious that neither side can understand each other, because we are busy taking “vengeance.” Why must we always let things degenerate into pettiness? Answer, we are living in a fallen world and, like it or lump it, the Bible says that we are all evil. (see previous article)
“20 He (Jesus) went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” ~ Mark 7:20-23
“Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” ~ Psalm 53:3
“All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” ~ Romans 3:12
We Are Sinners
Contrary to the many philosophy and psychology classes I have taken, humans ages 0-100 are evil. We are not born naturally good or blank slates. The difference between Christians and non-believers is that we have God’s spirit. That spirit should be leading us to repent of the urge to take our eyes off of Jesus and fix them on the world. When we are transfixed on the world then we start to act like the world. The world, the flesh, and the devil all say that we need to get vengeance because we were wronged. But aren’t we are supposed to be the light in the darkness? Are we to give in to the darkness? I stand as guilty as the next man or woman. I recognized that sin and I am doing better, but I am still fighting that urge.
The word is ‘metanoia’ in the Greek. (Strong’s number 3341) It means change of mind, repentance, change in the inner man. Repentance never had to be about falling on your knees and weeping for days. It’s a recognition that you are a sinner, and that your behavior, or lack thereof, offends God in some way. We are all in the same boat whether you believe in God or not.
This brings me to the point of saying that we, the Body of Christ, are to take His gospel of forgiveness and repentance to the world. And there is no way you can witness to people, nor change their minds, when you are calling people names and making fun of them. That doesn’t mean you accept their behavior or way of thinking. You have to have a dialogue and explain to people why their thinking is not right.
Believe me, I understand the desire and need to stick in the knife and twist it because I used to do that on Christian blog sites a lot. Back in the day there was nothing more satisfying than eviscerating an atheist, evolutionist, or even some Christian that didn’t agree with my point of view. I was good at it. I would even get messaged about it, and how they wanted me to address someone. It became a power trip.
Fast forward several months, and I can’t tell you where or when, but it was revealed to me that I was doing it for my own prideful reasons. So I stopped. I repented of my attitude and turned away. What I have come to see and what I felt was that I was not leading anyone to Christ. I was driving them away. But what did it matter to me, God wouldn’t want them anyway. Not one of my proudest of moments. It took me a long time to start writing after that.
My Words of Warning
There are times to stand up for yourself and your beliefs, as the apostles in the Bible did. They lived their faith as well as taught others. We are to preach the Gospel, not go out and fight for God. He is more than capable of taking care of Himself.
I feel great sorrow for those that believe that “the Apocalypse” has come. Yeah, we laugh and make fun. But I hear very few Christian voices out there offering to teach them why they should have hope. It is going to take teaching like the Apostle Paul did in the New Testament.
Let me be clear, I am not advocating the heresy that people like Jen Hatmaker or Rob Bell are teaching. The Bible is quite clear on its teaching of sin; and it does not matter if we agree with the Bible or not. If you are a Christian, then be one. You are either with Christ or against Him; there is no gray area.
It is rather tragic. The people that are upset and posting online, or walking the streets, are looking for meaning in their lives. Psalms tells the Christian to “fret not.” I am assuming that most of these protesters are not Christian, or not “traditional believers,” and so they are “fretting.” They have been taught that they are just cosmic accidents that happen to have just appeared on the planet for a short time. Their worldviews offer no hope or solace. The Church needs to be figuring out a way to reach these people, and it can’t be with the regular fluff and nonsense that I have seen over the years.
“4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. . . . 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” ~ John 1:4-10, 12
This is what will save! There is hope in the Word, saints! There is light in this world for all that believe! Let us be pulling people into the life boat. I don’t think we laugh at those that think they are safe, but are in mortal danger. Friends, these people don’t know they are lost. And I know that many would laugh in your face or look at you with puzzlement in their eyes. They don’t believe you for a second.
If this world’s woes are any indication of where we are on God’s timetable, then this reaching out becomes even more imperative. We have our marching orders: take the Gospel to a dying world. Saints, we better understand that we are the “walking dead” when we are without Jesus Christ.
Grace & Peace,