Here we are, sitting in the midst of politicians using tragedy to further their own agendas.
Some guy named Beto is on camera every chance he gets blaming Trump for rhetoric that may have led to a deadly massacre here in the United States.
I think he is half-right even though he is far left.
ALL of the venomous hate in this country should be blamed, not just the hate one party doesn’t agree with.
I’m not going to even start on who is right and who is wrong in all of this. I’m just going to say that what is truly right doesn’t lie in the hearts of Trump or Pelosi or the smorgasbord of self-righteous lunatics running for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Things are moving fast in the world. This country it swinging away from what it was founded to be, a republic and running hard toward a socialist society.
There is some real arrogance in American thinking that we can successfully do what countless others before us failed in using the socialist platform for all future endeavors.
Social media is turning into socialist media as censorship of democratic ideals and Christian values are deleted and banned.
It can sure give way to some pretty big fear for people.
In fact, every effort is being made by both parties to divide us into one of two groups.
If we lean a little one way or another on an issue we are quickly labeled as an extremist, either godless or racist bigot.
Middle ground is being eradicated here at an alarming rate.
We feel as if we are the first ones to be here, caught in a trap that offers no way to escape.
But this has all happened before.
In Jesus’ time, if you didn’t follow the letter of religious law, you were labeled a heathen, heretic or demonic. If you didn’t follow Roman law you were, you know, killed. People were pushed and pulled and their allegiance was tested and tried constantly all the time.
Along came Jesus that brought a new law, a law that cost him his life but has brought a lot of life over the centuries.
Sure, we have had some people that tried to turn this new law into Pharisaic law and perverted it with death and hate, just like a lot of people are doing today.
What is a person to do in this day and age when the gospel is once again frequently diluted with hate and is under fire by people that loudly proclaim it to be null and void without a god?
I’m thinking I need to follow Jesus’ lead.
Jesus walked right into the teeth of everything that was wrong with the world he came to save and he didn’t spew hate and venom, judgment or threats of eternal damnation for everything he personally didn’t like.
Luke 19:5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”
6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
Jesus made the righteous grumble. He invited himself into the dwelling place of the sinful.
Some people that read the things I write may think I am too soft on sin, that I don’t draw enough lines in the sand and pass judgment on wrong.
There is already enough judgment in this world.
What the church needs is more grumbling. That’s a good sign that there is someone among them reaching those most folks just do not want to reach.
I’d like to see a half-dozen or so despicable losers, high-minded atheists and hateful political activists walk into my church on Sunday morning.
That’d cause some grumbling.
But, that isn’t going to happen barring a miracle from God.
So, just how will these people see the gospel for what it really is and not what some Woodsboro Baptist Church goofball presents it to be?
Do we pray that God beams Christian talk radio into their hearts as they sleep? Do we hope that somehow they come to know God randomly through some miracle?
Or do we give up and sit back and point fingers like the rest of the world is doing?
I don’t think any of that stuff would work. I don’t read about Jesus doing any of that.
No, the only hope there is for a lot of the people in the world around me is for me to step out of my comfort zone, my pew, my boundaries of who God can save and who he can’t and sit down with them and be Jesus.
They may not do the immediate one-eighty Zack did but we can simply put an exception in someone’s absolute. We can create a doubt where they had placed their faith.
That’s what truth does. It erodes the false reality people live in and as they try to repair it they see something else that stands firm.
I’d better stop here. But this is where we are today. We are not losing hope as Christians. We are being blessed with opportunity. We have a mission field at our front door. We have a calling.
I can be a witness to a world without God and a church that needs to be shaken up and made to grumble.
It ain’t gonna be easy. Jesus showed us that. But then, easy is way overrated.