This certainly is and has been a crazy season. If you know me at all you know I follow Jesus and see the Bible as the word of God and true. This has been a very emotional season.
The division I see in the country is so sad. However the division I see coming from Christ followers is totally heartbreaking to me. I am seeing more and more of if you don’t agree with this or that then we can’t be friends or hurling insults (From Christians) What happened to the only thing we need in common is Jesus ? The Jesus I serve brings people from all walks and races of life and unites them by one common factor. JESUS.
Everyone has an opinion on everything and believe me I have my opinions too. However NONE of a believers options should be elevated higher than our calling in Jesus as Christ followers! What happened to love your enemy’s? Have we forgotten what the Bible teaches about persecution ?
Here are some reminders
-That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong
– In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
– If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
-Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
-But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
-“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”
-Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
– My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.
-Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Christian look up to heaven! Stop finding more identity in this world then you do your heavenly passport!
If I look at my earthly mind frame and circumstances there are some things I identify as. I am a white female. I am 40 years old. I went to college and have a degree in Political Science. I have a minor in Bible. I am a pastor’s daughter. I am a pastors wife. I am a worhsip leaders daughter. I do not have a job that pays income. I have a political party I am registered as. I was in an honors club in college. I am a mother of two daughters. These are just some things that describe me. But NONE of them are to be held above my assignment as a Christ follower called to cast out the darkness with the light of Jesus that I carry with me. I refuse to sever relationships because people vote differently from me. Or have different options about how our country should be ran. I refuse. If I put anything above the calling of God as a Christ follower those things are IDOLS! The Lord is a jealous God and He has purpose for you in this time and in this land! If people are hearing us preach anything louder then Jesus shame on us. We live in a fallen world and our job is to share the Gospel and make it hard for anyone we know to go to hell.
I believe the Lord has been getting rid of idols we and the world have placed above Him in 2020 with covid shutting everything down. Now church it is time for each of us to set our idols down too. Trump is not the answer. Biden is not the answer. Republicans are not the answer. Democrats are not the answer. They will not fix this country or the hearts of people. Only Jesus can do that. Everyone has failed! You have political parties trying to get your devotion and loyalty and they are using you as a pawn to bring division. The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy The Bible says
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the only one who can save and heal our land. Stop taking offense when the world behaves like the world and remember your assignment in the world!
They will know us by our love! And His love and kindness will lead to repentance! We are supposed to represent His love and kindness. So go boldly love unashamedly.
Above race, party affiliation, work force, gender, denomination, opinion ect! The list goes on and on
Jesus above it all!