All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23
On January 20, 2017 this great country of diversity experienced the privilege of democracy in it’s greatest sense. While one half of the country mourned the seemingly suppression of their civilian rights and escorted out the Commander-in-Chief that served from 2008-2016, the other half raised glasses in celebration of the incoming Commander-in-Chief as he took the oath of office.
It would benefit many of us to garnish history lessons and refresh the mind of constitutional values gleaned in elementary school. Democracy and freedom are the backbone and the basis of this country. The freedom of choice is the very essence upon which this nation was based. Freedoms that our soldiers continue to protect through war and combat. For that we are thankful. The freedom to worship where and whomever we please is a right of choice upheld by our Constitution. For that we should be grateful. For many are the nations where laws dictate to the masses who and where they are to worship, where they live, and how much money they can have. In many nations, the ability to choose leaders is not even, well, a choice. Our freedoms define us as a nation and what makes us the leader of the free world.
It would also benefit us to understand that freedoms encourage differences. Differences that in essence make us stronger, not weaker. I am learning, slowly learning, that another’s different point of view is worth considering from that person’s perspective. As painful as it may be, some opinions are rooted in adverse situations and less than desirable beginnings, and in some cases are just a product of environment. So, the human should ask assistance from THE ALMIGHTY to see things from the perspective of different eyes.
While this post is in by no means a political stance by any means, nor is it a prophetic “word from God.” This post is simply a desperate cry. A cry to those of the faith to really “hear” what’s going on.
To hear that the Pledge of Allegiance has not nearly as much leverage as the actual flag itself.
To hear that the hurling of scriptures seem to have somehow become more important than the love that pours from them.
To hear that our Christians do not embody the spirit of our Christ.
To hear that the common ground is more desirable than the uncommon.
Social media sometimes has done more harm than good. How easy it is to spout off inconsiderate thoughts as we cowardly hide behind a piece of technology as small as an index card.
My heart aches. Not because of the exodus of President Obama nor for the entrance of President Trump. My heart aches for the freedoms of which we should be thankful and of which characterizes us as a nation, have harmed us. Harmed us in ways that have divided us so deeply, that it’s a wonder reformation can occur.
My heart aches, for I believer there is but one hope—and that hope lies in Jesus the Christ. My heart aches for fear of the destructive nature in which Christianity has been hit in this polarized political environment. While The Church is to offer a word of hope and encouragement, it seems all but such. Troubling to the spirit is the many voices that “name the name of Christ” who hurl insult upon insult without even the slightest consideration of the destructive impact upon the soul.
It is hard to not be pulled into the nonsensical, unlearned rhetoric that floods our news feeds, but The Church must remain strong. Strong in love. Strong in understanding. Strong in having the final answer—and that is the blessed hope that lies in the fact that HE is still The Great I AM!
The Church must remain strong.
Strong in Love. Strong in Understanding.
As “The Church,” let us ask God to help us put on a little more empathy and just a little more understanding. Paul said it best. By right, I can do whatever I please. But by choice and because it is not necessarily the best thing to do, I restrain. Because the mental, spiritual and emotional health of my brother or sister should surpass my right to freedom.
So, before the next insult is hurled, before the next reply is hit on that comment, before we get angry, may we pause and sin not. May we consider the fact that “I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper.” And though we may intensely disagree with another’s point of view, let’s vow to respect each other and try through the eyes of The Great I Am, understand where others are.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil…Romans 14:16