The world views Christianity as more of an angry political activist movement, than a spiritual and unified community devoted to handing out hope and healing to a hurting world.
Too often, when the world is hurting, our response is to say, “Well, it serves them right. We warned them this would happen.”
Of course, the Bible talks about not loving the world, or the things of the world. We are commanded to come out from among them and be separated from the darkness and devious plans and actions of the world. But we are also absolutely called to be salt and light in a sinful world!
We are called to speak out boldly with prophetic voices calling people to repentance by showing them genuine concern and grief over their lifestyle or choices.
However, all of this must be presented with compassion and concern. Truth must be spoken in love. Like Jesus, we are to be people full of grace and truth. Our culture must know us as “truth-tellers.”
But we must be truth-tellers with tears. It’s not us who are the victims, they are!
They are the ones who are enslaved to sin!
They are the ones whose minds are darkened.
They are the ones whose eyes are blinded.
When we interact with those trapped in seared and worldly thinking or with our enemies, it must not be out of hate and spite, even if those same things are spewed out towards us.
We must live as examples of the forgiveness and mercy of Jesus and act out of love and compassion. This is Christ’s example and his instruction to us!
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep right now, for you shall laugh again!
You are called “Blessed” when people hate you and when they exclude you and spitefully challenge you and spurn your name as evil, because of your love the Son of Man!
Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy! Look! Your reward is great in heaven!
Remember, their fathers did the very same thing to the prophets!
“Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets,” Luke 6:20-23 (NKJV).
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|