In the spirit of transparency, I’ve been struggling lately. I’m an emotional girl during normal circumstances and I think we all know we’re not living in anything to close to what we would consider ‘normal.’ Feeling all the feels, as the kids say, seems to be my new normal. Swinging from rage to optimism, I’ve ran the gamut as of late. So many absurd and infuriating things are happening in this world. I just can’t seem to get to control of myself. I’ve had so many topics that I’ve wanted to get on paper but I cannot seem to reign it in. Everything comes out as a rant. Then it hit me. These are things I want to say but they’re clearly not what God wants me to say. I’m making it about me when it’s supposed to be all about Him.
We’re existing in unparalleled times. There’s a lot to be fiery about today. Personally, I’m a naturally passionate person so it doesn’t take much to get me fired up. I have a lot to say and writing is cathartic for me. I could write article after article sharing my feelings on this wicked world. While it’s certainly not wrong to share my opinions and I have every right to write what interests me – but to what end? Am I spouting off to hear my own voice or venting to make myself feel better? Or was I given this gift to serve a greater purpose?
As Christians, our primary focus should always be to win as many souls for Christ as possible. An eternal mindset is the key to our success or failure in our walk. Every action taken will either have a positive or negative impact on the Kingdom of Heaven. Do you remember those super tacky WWJD bracelets we all wore back in 1997? They were meant to cause pause before acting so we could ponder ‘what Jesus would do’ in each situation. Corny as it is, it is a concept we should be applying daily.
It’s completely normal to want to speak out against the tyranny and evil agendas that are being forced upon us in the name of ‘public safety.’ Frankly, I encourage it! We should be spreading truth in the face of rampant misinformation. However, if you saw a post on Facebook written in a snarky, arrogant tone, using harsh capital letters and punctuation while claiming Jesus, would you be open to that message? I highly doubt it. The way you deliver the message matters! Proverbs 18:1-2 tells us, “An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” We must be sure we’re speaking with genuine heartfelt intentions. It truly determines whether your word will be received or rejected. It is incredibly easy to ruin your chance to witness just by creating the wrong impression. Am I saying that we should be meek, timid people who grovel at the opportunity to talk to someone? Absolutely not. You should hold your head high and live confidently. Everyone knows there is a huge difference between confidence and arrogance. Nothing will kill your witness faster than arrogance.
Christians have a very specific task while on this Earth. Jesus called us to be salt and light. Matthew 5:13-16 says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Just before this directive, in verses 3-11, He gives a comprehensive list of the qualities a Christian should possess called the beatitudes, or ‘the attitudes that ought to be.’ “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
We have a huge responsibility as followers of Christ to represent Him well. We are the only Jesus that some might ever see. Is it fair that people will look upon us when they should really be looking to Jesus? No, of course it isn’t. It is a ton of pressure and we will surely fail because we are human. While it isn’t fair, it is part of our calling to be the light in a dark world. We are called to a higher standard. We cannot simply go through life not caring what others think because it does matter what they think. If we live a life that points to Christ, it could lead someone to Him. Conversely, if we’re living like world, we could lead someone to think they’re safe when they’re not. The reality is that our life could affect someone else’s eternity and we must live with that knowledge in the forefront of our minds.
So, the next time you start to make a post online, ask yourself, is this written in a way that could draw someone to Jesus? Or am I just airing grievances to make myself feel better? What about the next time you’re in a store and someone tells you that you must wear a mask to enter and you refuse? Will you be graceful and kind while standing up for your God given rights? Or will you lose your witness by allowing anger and arrogance to rear its ugly head? You can still represent Christ while standing up for the freedom and rights He bestowed upon us. He didn’t call us to be pushovers or to bow down to ‘the man.’ He appointed us to freedom and to His standard.
Friend, now is the time pray without ceasing. We will not be able to shine our lights while resisting the evil tyranny being tossed around if we are not focused on Him and His will. We must be in tune with Him if we want to make a real impact. Be fierce and bold in your allegiance to Him, your country, and your fellow man!
Until next time, Patriots,