I’m weary of divisiveness.
I’m weary of scrolling through a Facebook feed full of ranting, name calling and finger pointing.
I’m weary of politics.
I’m weary of theological squabbles and religious self-righteousness.
I’m weary of opinions– my own, and those belonging to others.
When did what we think become more important than how treat others? Has it always been this way?
As a person deeply steeped in the Christian faith, I believe there has to be a better way.
A better way to commune and communicate with those that think differently than we do.
A better way to respond to the evil at work in our midst.
A better way to actively defend and protect the least among us.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 (NASB)
As Christians, our first response should be one seeking the good. The Divinely inspired good which has its potential in each one of us. A good that isn’t all caught up in appearing right.
Admittedly, my own first reaction is rarely for the good. It’s usually one of sorrow and grief for the world. And, yes, often sorrow and grief brought on by some of my brothers and sisters in Christ.
But I will not be overcome by it.
“But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”
2 Chronicles 15:7 (NASB)
We cannot afford– the world we live in cannot afford– to have us, as the children of God, give up on the good because of its apparent absence in our midst. There is good. So much good in our life in Christ. We are called to bring out that good from its Divine source and deliver it into the world. There is dire need of it here.
What makes a Christian different? Is it just what we believe? No, it’s not. Everyone believes in someone or something. Having a belief matters little in comparison with the power of the One we believe in, and His desire to use us according to His perfect will, enabling us to do so.
“For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NASB)
Beloved family in Christ, let us all be reminded that our words matter. But the power of our words to change hearts and minds belongs to God.
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 (NASB)
Until we see God thundering His arguments from the heavens, we would be wise to consider how short a perfect argumentative response falls of His Perfection.
Here’s to renewing my commitment to the good, and a more fervent search for His Perfection in myself.