I don’t know about you but I am really getting sick and tired of what I see and hear on TV. It’s not even remotely funny anymore. And the limits of how low we can go seem to drop almost daily. If I didn’t know better I could easily suspect that humanity is collectively loosing it’s mind. I am so sick of seeing one side put down the other, pointing the finger, blaming, distorting, diminishing, while at the same time ignoring their own fallacies. The liberals did this, the conservatives did that, and on and on it goes.
It seems the only time I see humanity forget about the political spin that seems to continually perpetuate itself is when a natural disaster, accident or mass killing happens, and politics is put aside and then it’s just one person helping another, regardless of what color, race, religion, sex or political party that you are. How do we all recognize the good that is in that but never have the foresight to see that it’s that thinking that needs to be taken further?
Jesus told us that before we start condemning others, to look inward at ourselves and consider the log in our own eye. Seeking God’s righteousness and His Kingdom has been replaced with getting political power and maintaining it at all costs, regardless of the unrighteous means. Compassion has been replaced with creating isolation and spreading separation. Fairness for all has been replaced with us demanding respect, even when it’s not due. The truth and ideals most of us used to believe in, have been replaced with pouring out misinformation that’s slanted in our perspective’s favor, padding the political system, to ensure our goals are protected while those who disagree with us and their concerns are pushed to the wayside. Honest negotiation and fair consideration is replaced with bullying tactics and half truth accusations. We won, you lost or you won, we lost. What ever happened to we all collectively win something? What ever happened to the common good for all and not just some? Us against them. Them against us. It’s enough to make one sick.
Do you remember the Roman empire that the early Christians contended with? Do you remember the opposition and unfairness that they faced? Jesus said that in order to enter into His Kingdom that you had to be born again. That comes from the heart. Behold how they love one another. Can we say that today? Are we trying as the Church of Christ to change people’s hearts? Does the manner in which we show our love and concern for others compel them to seek God’s Kingdom? Jesus said love your enemies. Do good and pray for those who mistreat you. Does that sound like what you see and hear from some Christians on the news today?
The early Christian Church turned the world upside down. And what are we doing? We’re putting it back the way it was. That’s because the early Church focused on Jesus and His Kingdom. Somewhere along the way we’ve lost sight of that and our focus is on us and our own kingdom.
Isaiah 5:20-23 NIV
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight.
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
and champions at mixing drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
but deny justice to the innocent.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!