At times churches seem more lost than found. The nature of our ideals should be distinct and challenge worldly views because we that belong to the light bring good news. This good news is good because of Jesus. The gospels convincingly show a need for salvation that can only come by believing in Him. We are to plant seeds of Love by doing the will of God. And by not remaining silent when others need us.
There are things we do in the name of Christianity that will not last beyond judgement. “Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger” (James 1:19-20). If we spend less time debating we will have more time for hearing and doing the Word.
We stand in opposition to God by making excuses for sinful behavior. Consequently, causing others to do the same and contradict the need for forgiveness. The very One that we place the hope of our salvation died for our sins. A time to speak the truth in Love is now. Do this in your prayer time to God and conversation with others.
How could the heart of a true Christ follower be insulated from the pain and mistreatment of others?
I too, have wondered about the absence of churches during this time. In this day we have our own spiritual lapses when it comes to the poor, the foreigner, and the social injustices that pervade our time. How could the heart of a true Christ follower be insulated from the pain and mistreatment of others?
A common that trait exists with sins’ excusers is a negative demeanor. They go into attack mode on defending behavior that can only come from a dark place, all for an expected end-a righteous America. A prerequisite to the healing of our land is humility, repentance and faith in God (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Jesus provides a model for us and other leaders to follow-“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). Christians have been fooled by lesser promises from a man or woman. Foregoing righteous acts for the desire of righteous policies will not lead to a righteous life. We must “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matt 6:33).
Overlooking sin does not please God.
Well-meaning believers want what is perceived as righteous things, but when the priority is reversed [policy first] sin is revealed. Our motives and actions must be tried daily. Without this test you cannot know if you are doing the will of God. Be the Good Samaritan who does the will of God. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matt 7:21).