As the world watched the events of the US election unfold it brought forth much unrest. No matter which way you voted, this historical event has left us all wondering what’s next?
This, along with a deadly virus that has shut down our world has changed our lives forever. What we once knew to be “normal” is no longer and it appears it will never be the same.
We now live in a world where censorship is live and growing. If you disagree with the social media giants, you are shut down. So only their opinion is correct? Why do they have such control? What has happened to our freedom of speech?
With such magnitude of change, what do you believe? Most importantly, who do you trust?
I have personally witnessed relationships dramatically change and even end due to difference of opinion. We cannot seem to discuss world events without insult. We offer no grace. Our minds are closed to anything that we do not agree with, which we then deny any possibility of learning from one another.
If today’s events have taught me anything it is that we continue to rely on our government to solve all that is wrong. When in fact, it is wrong for us to put such expectation on our government.
Any time we place our hope in anything besides our Creator, we will be disappointed. Everything outside of Jesus will fade. But when we look to God as the source of hope, we will be filled with peace and joy because our confidence rests in Him. He is our Rock who will not be shaken.
Our world is riddled with fake news. In our best efforts, we determine what we believe, and we stand firm. Then we seek all the information that will reinforce our stance. Therefore, everything else that differs is wrong. But is it? How do we know?
The reality is, only God knows the truth.
So, what can we do?
Well, it begins with you and me. Everyone must govern themselves. If we governed our actions, our words, our posts in a way that demonstrates kindness, grace, and love, we are then truly showing the world who Jesus is.
We don’t need to agree on everything, but we do need to be kind. We do not need to trust everyone, but we do need to forgive. If fellow Christians are constantly showing the world hatred, discord, and division, no one will ever desire to be part of that family.
God’s Truth: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
As Christians we can have different views when it comes to politics and vaccines. I have had conversations with others that think differently, and I must respect their position, even if they do not respect mine. If we say otherwise, we are choosing judgment.
As God’s children, we are called to stand together in one spirit, with one purpose – fighting together for the sake of the “Good News” not what you stand for in the world news.
God’s Truth: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Society wants us to define each other according to our political party or pandemic beliefs, but the only definition that matters is whether we are a treasured child of God.
When we feel wronged or we see injustice happen, it is easy for us to take matters into our own hands and right the wrong. But God is the final judge. Nothing will get past His righteous throne. He promises justice and comfort for the brokenhearted. He is the source of healing and honor – of love and law. We can trust God as He deals with evil and convicts the heart of man.
The reality is, there is good and evil in the world and conflict will always exist. However, all authority and power have been given to our Savior, and it does not matter who sits in the oval office or any seat of earthly leadership. Satan will work relentlessly to try and make us forget who has already won. But we know who sits on the throne, and our loyalty lies with Jesus Christ.
The only race that is important is the human race, and we need to run this worldly terrain TOGETHER. Be that person who demonstrates grace, kindness, and forgiveness. Be open minded enough to respectfully listen and wise enough to prayerfully seek discernment.
Our Father wants us to remember we are one in His Son. If we see each other through the lens of a manmade system, we will never be able to embrace the way our Father sees each of us … equally precious and dearly loved – just as you are.
If you are a believer in Jesus may I encourage you to dig deeper into His word. Allow Him to equip you with the courage in love to speak and act on his behalf. Let your words and actions lead others to God.
If you are not a believer, may I encourage you to consider something new and investigate the Alpha Course. It is led by a former atheist and it seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of interviews and discussions. It is described by its organizers as “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life”. I believe we all have questions about life.
Remember, the world will change but God’s word will always remain, so put your hope in Him.
There is a Purpose. There is a Promise. There is Hope.