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To live in America in 2019 is to live in the midst of constant controversy. We are a melting pot of hot buttons, and it is only going to get worse with a new election year upon us. Politicians and media outlets will sensationalize the issues and actively drive a wedge between us. And honestly, I get it. When you believe in Christ, it can be a bit distressing seeing the word of God trampled on. As believers, we can do a lot of damage though, thinking that we are acting in the Lord’s name. I have been there, taking up my keyboard and slinging words in “defense” of the gospel.
But this verse sums it all up. We ought not to take part in foolish controversies and quarrels. Rather we need to ground ourselves in God’s word, embedding the truth in our hearts so that we can stand firm. But when we choose to open our mouths (or our smart phones), we need to make sure that we do it with gentleness and kindness. Not one single soul is won for Christ with insults and harsh words. The people we are “fighting” are broken and lost. Our war is not with them, THEY are the prize that we are fighting for! All too often, we make them a casualty of war instead.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Remember, friends. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Speak the truth, but make sure you are doing it in love. This is something that I am working on myself!