Everyone is so angry. They’re so angry that is makes me angry! What does anger produce? What I mean is, what comes from your anger that is productive? All I see is different sides that are angry and ready to fight.
It appears people believe that if we use this anger for good, or what they perceive is good, their side will win. There is no winning when we are producing division, more anger and violence. When Antifa fight against the Nazi’s, nobody wins.
I am not saying that we are not allowed to be angry. Anger is a real emotion, just like fear and sadness. Emotions are not wrong. We are not to be emotionless beings walking around. But are your emotions ruling your actions? James 1:20 says, “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Your anger is not going to produce good from those you are angry with.
So then, what? What are we supposed to do, go love them. How do you go love Antifa or Nazis? James tells us that we are to strip off our anger, give it to God, and implant the word of God into your heart. So the question comes to, what are you consuming? Are you consuming more media, then you are God’s word? God’s word is the only thing that can save souls.
That should be our goal. A goal to see the lost saved, the kingdom advanced, not our opinions, our political parties or our agenda. If we are christians, we should be focused on the salvation of the lost.
If you listen to the national news you might begin to believe that we are on the brink of another civil war. That the white nationalists are ruling everything and we need to take up arms.
What do your eyes tell you? Not what you see on the news. Video can be edited. When you are in your community, or just going about your regular day, what do you see?
Do not let hate rule your heart. Hebrews 13:1 says “Let brotherly love continue.” Continue to love others, putting others needs before your own. Love will always win over hate.
Is there racism in our country? Yes. Is it in the majority? No. Don’t allow the media, or politicians or anyone else divide us. Simply continue in brotherly love.
I am tired. I am tired of all a lot of things. Maybe its because I am getting older. Maybe it is because of the different stage of life I have entered into. My oldest daughter is married now! This means that I could be a grandpa! I am tired.
It is in my tiredness that I am creating this blog. I have struggled with a question lately that I can not escape. What if we’re wrong? I have been asking that question about everything. It finally came to head this last weekend with the terrible, disgusting attack in Charlottesville, VA.
I am not speaking about my faith. My faith is as strong as ever. What I have realized, is that as everything seems to move toward chaos, Jesus stays the same. Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
What if we are on the wrong side? I watch the news, and everything is political. It is this politicians fault, or that parties fault. We choose a side and play the “Yeah, but they” game. “I know those guys are bad, but that side has bad guys too.” “Those evil people will stop if that politician will say something the correct way.” There is evil in the heart of man that has nothing to do with the politics in the United States.
I read today in Revelation 20:11-15, that we all will be judged by the works that we do. Every single one of us will be judged by what side you take, and both sides are wrong! Choose to follow Jesus, not a political party, social cause or way of life. Do not worry about condemning the “other” side, instead, make sure that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Work to see that those around you have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
That is the side that I am choosing. That is the side of love. That is the side that God is on.