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Our world is so contrary to this truth. We are polarized. Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Support Trump. Trump is the devil. Send your kids to school. Keep them home. Vaccinate. Don’t Vaccinate. Gay marriage. Abortion….I could go on. We live in a swirl of hot topics day in and day out, and with social media, it is so easy to get caught up in the debates and arguments.
I have to confess, I am guilty of having an “enemy” mindset sometimes. I would never verbalize it that way out loud, but that’s the truth of the heart condition. Those of us that love Jesus are the “good guys” and anyone that doesn’t believe the same as me is an enemy. I want to spend all of my time with “my people” who see and feel the same way as me. And that is sin. #ouch
Here’s where the conviction comes in, brothers and sisters! If we only ever love those who love us and believe the same way that we do…how will we ever reach those who so desperately need Jesus?? If we spend our time “attacking the enemy” over our keyboards to make sure that we are right, how will we ever show them the love that He wants them to know? If we take the easy route, how are we making a difference?
We are called to be different. This is my challenge to myself and to you the next time you find yourself in a controversy. Speak the truth, but show love to those who hate (or disagree) with you! Let God handle the rest