Sunday, August 30, 2020

Dear Believers

We’re living in a day where evil is called good, and good is called evil. As Christians, I know many of us are deeply concerned as we see the moral values in our American culture rapidly changing. We are staring at our nation that is becoming more and more anti-Christian, asking it to be a better place.


It can be difficult to stand up for our faith when it seems that so many oppose us. The beliefs we have and the fight to honor them often times go unnoticed — until there are moments of obedience that make us stand out from the crowd. I understand the difficulty in expressing your beliefs when your belief system doesn’t align with the view point of society. To stand up for something that’s important to you, then to be shamed because it goes against everything our world praises, is disheartening. Some of us remain silent, crippled by fear of offending someone and that someone could very well be a family member or friend. I'm guilty, and in those moments where my silence convicts me, I'm reminded that Jesus said, 


 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” - John 15:18


Jesus was the most hated man that ever walked this earth, yet He stood firm in truth while doing so in love. But even though Jesus spoke truth with the right attitude, it wasn’t always accepted. Jesus was often misunderstood and misrepresented.


To speak the truth in love not only addresses the content in what we say but it also includes how we as Christians communicate with believers and unbelievers. Paul tells us that believers are called to live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16) with unbelievers, Paul says “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:6


I never want to speak truth without love and I don’t want show love without sharing truth. The first problem promotes legalism which is exactly what the Pharisees were about. The second promotes depravity. There is no reason why a Christian has to be mean spirited in order to be correct when sharing our faith with others, and anyone who does so is not a true representation of Christ.


I understand that this is a time where we’re all passionate and expressive about our beliefs (some are more vocal than others and immediately become defensive and dogmatic when their beliefs are challenged.) But remember this, defending our faith has to start with how we live and how we treat people.  BE calm in the midst of anger. "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1 I’ve seen some nasty comments from self proclaimed Christians in effort to “defend their beliefs.” How you conduct yourself will be remembered more so than your words. As we make our non-tolerance presence known, let’s also remember that the gospel, the good news, the message of redemption must be represented in our actions, not just our preachy words from the church house! I can’t emphasize this enough.


This has been a tough year for everyone. For the past six months I have felt my heart breaking over the sight before me. America is a nation at war with itself. No one can deny it. We see it every day in our cities and on our televisions. The fear. The injustice. The corruption. The destruction. The hatred. The division.... People are angry, resentful, fearful and lost! — and some people have hate spewing from their hearts. I contend that the battle isn’t against our nation, but against the unseen demonic forces at work through our world. If ever a nation needed unity and God’s direction, it is us, and it is now. 


I encourage all believers to get LOUD and stay loud. Stand firm in your convictions, be bold as a lion and unafraid of any of your opponents. Allow the word of God to be spoken through you — in love. We may experience persecution but it’s a small price to pay for the crown that awaits. While we uphold God’s truth, I pray we become known for a radical loving, arms wide open to the world kind of people. I pray His truth will heal those who are hurting and be the change that our nation and world so desperately needs.


Much Love,
Joy 



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