In today’s climate, it seems voices continue to increase in volume, decrease in credibility, and hinge on the emotions and fear of those speaking. For many, the rhetoric has become nearly too much to bear and subsequently, there is silence from the reasonable, and an unwillingness to engage in many issues of divine value.
The plan of the enemy is at work. For now.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Are we called to action? To engage in the process afforded to us in this country? Absolutely. And yet, how many Christ-followers avoid active participation, or neglect it in pursuit of a “truer” calling? How many who claim a life dedicated to Christianity vote according to their own personal points of view, world views or public opinion above biblical values?
Do not love the world, or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. – 1 John 2:15
I think many are becoming confused as where faith, community activism, and politics actually intersect. We allow the “feels” of personal experience to dictate above rational thought and due process, perceive anything that appears to support our personal filter as truth, and engage in battle against those who apparently differ in ideology, or methodology, instead of investing our own hours and resources into viable solutions.
The enemy is still winning.
The times in which Jesus was raised up were extremely similar to what we face today – corruption, deceit, slander, political/sociological/ideological unrest – near chaos. The people were radically divided and opposed and peace seemed too far a reach to hope for. The Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Sanhedrins … each with a different world view and ideology, in blatant conflict, most likely also silenced the voices of the “Switzerland’s” of the time.
Do you suppose that I [Jesus] came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. – Luke 12:51
Division comes when worlds intersect – but should not exist amongst God’s people. While we may not always agree on the how, we can agree on the what. And above all, we must agree on the Who. Who is our judge? Our vindicator? The lover of our souls and director of our path? To sit and be silent in the face of adversity and strife, or to stir the pot of animosity, dishonors not only one another, but ourselves and our God. To be of sound mind and theology is a luxury and responsibility that we have each been given. Even Paul, highly educated in the ways of culture and political identities of the day, when sitting with the most distinguished of leaders, pointed out the deity of our God.
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14
While we continue to walk on this earth, we will inevitably face discord, and yet as followers of Christ, we are mandated to bring truth into this world, share the Good News of a Savior, and to love. To love with a godly love, not as the world loves. Love brings light, life, correction, admonition and freedom. Anything less is far beneath the inheritance prepared for His people.
Seek truth, be slow to anger, be of a sound and clear mind. Love not the wiles and frivolousness of this world, but rest in the strength of His promises and practice obedience to His Word. There is no greater victory than to keep our mind and lives stayed on the cornerstone of our faith.