A Day of Trouble and Hope
Today is November 11th 2020 and in the United States its Veteran’s Day. Here in the U.S. we’re more divided than united. Some Christians have chosen political power over moral character and this has troubled me greatly. I can see the deception and just how easily some professing Christians are led astray. A large amount of Christians in the U.S. have become shallow and are no longer rooted in the Word of God. Many Christian leaders have become self seeking and have traded the Gospel for money and political influence. The word of God has been twisted by these leaders to convince Christians that we should have “dominion” over our world and government but this isn’t what Jesus came to do. He was rejected by His own people for becoming a humble servant instead of being the political leader they demanded. Now instead of loving our neighbor as our ourselves, many Christians have chosen to hate and divide. And Jesus said in Mark 3:25 that “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
I’ve been troubled because I don’t see God’s love being practiced in many of our Churches today. It’s a selfish and “what I can get from God” movement. This clearly proves that we’re in the last days because Jesus commanded us to love God above all else and to love our neighbors as our ourselves. To love God is to love truth above our own opinions and preferences. It’s to examine ourselves daily in the light of God’s Word and to die to our own selves so that our thinking and attitudes line up with His standard. To love our neighbors as ourselves is to become a humble servant forsaking our own comforts in order to comfort others, even our enemies. We must think of them as greater than ourselves. When we take prideful stands in the name of God, then God help us for we are on the verge of a miserable fall!
Even though I’m troubled by all of the division in the U.S and even the world, I’m still hopeful, for our Lord warned us all of this would happen. So I know our redemption is drawing near. So let us all examine ourselves. Let us believe in the Lord Jesus and live our lives as He did while on earth. I remember the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) movement from many years ago. I still think it’s a good question to ask ourselves, but I hope we would also ask ourselves, “How would Jesus think?” Because 1 John 2:6 says “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” In order for this transformation to happen in us we need His thoughts to become our thoughts. This is why we must take up our cross daily and repent of our sins, our bad thinking, self preservation, and our “my way or the hi-way” mentality. We must submit to the authority of God’s word and abandon any thoughts or ideas that cause us miss the mark that God has set for us.
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