I feel like I might be harping on this issue, but it’s what He’s placed on my heart…
Even in my somewhat limited scope of living, I hear and read so many things from fellow believers:
“If only so-and-so group would stop doing this, we (Christians) wouldn’t have to do this.”
“If that wasn’t happening over here, we wouldn’t have to do that over there.”
“We have to mobilize ourselves.”
“Fight fire with fire.”
“Get stirred up for a cause.”
“Take down the enemy.”
Now, which enemy is it that you refer to?
“Well, the other side, of course.”
Ah. The other side.
The nameless, faceless amalgamation that stands for everything you do not.
Yes, keep them in that clumped up category to make it more palatable:
The neo-Nazi feminist.
The tree-hugging, seal-cub-saving, vegan toothpick.
The hateful Atheist.
The snowflake millennial.
The lisping fruitcake.
I could go on tossing out cruel, pointless stereotypes, but, that’s belaboring the point.
Which is that every one of those groups, the groups we as Christians often deride and label oh-so-conveniently are not just collective groups across the divide.
Individual people with names and hearts and dreams and vulnerabilites.
Created by the same Creator as us.
Souls for whom Jesus died, same as us.
Souls He expects us to care about, even when they answer with vigor.
And it’s not our job to fight them, no matter how much we might disagree with them.
They are not our enemy.
That designation belongs to he who is in the world.
Remember? The one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy?
The prowling lion, seeking to devour?
All too often, we believers forget that, standing idly by, hurling our useless words at the ones being devoured instead of addressing he who devours.
And don’t you think the devil loves that?
For he knows it does nobody any good to stand there stomping our feet and shouting at these misguided souls to stop letting the lion devour them.
Especially if we get so busy on that particular bent that we lose sight of sharing the way out of the lion’s jaws-the truth found in the Word and the grace Jesus provided through the blood He shed on Calvary!
Satan delights for us to forget that key!
Now, this is not at all to give the tired, off-the-mark argument of “judge not lest you be judged.” That verse gets misused way too often to excuse all sorts of rampant, ungodly behavior!
No, we must remain firm in our stance for Christ and in the Word.
But, that stance must always, always be in love or we’ve lost our foundation.
It isn’t to say all will answer our love with gratitude.
Most assuredly not!
But, it isn’t for us to fret on that score. Do we really think God does not have it all in hand anyway?
Of course, He does!
All we can do is prayerfully, humbly tell the good news of salvation as He instructs us and then leave it in Hands.
If we could only use our desire to mobilize for that!
Another thing to pray for, I guess.😉