I’m struggling a little this Christmas
This time of peace, joy and celebration.
Because I’m craving peace, joy, and celebration.
I’ve had to turn off the television and turn up my Michael W. Smith Holiday Channel on Pandora Radio. I can’t pick up anything having to do with the news. And social media is a challenge too.
It feels like everywhere I look words are ruining relationships – in families, neighborhoods, countries . . . the world. And yes, even in churches.
I’ve always believed it’s okay to disagree as long as we’re not disagreeable. But now, just disagreeing is considered disagreeable.
True there are some big frightening issues in our world. Issues that must send us to our knees.
Wait . . . maybe the other things should be sending us to our knees too. Praying more and talking less.
This is the deal…
I just finished reading through the Bible for the tenth year in a row. I don’t tell you that to brag. Quite the contrary. I tell you that because even with daily study I have more questions than answers. I don’t know the solutions for the world’s political or social problems. I’m guessing you don’t either.
Oh, like you, I have opinions. But I’m not sure if I had to stand before Jesus and defend them I’m certain He’d agree with me. Are you?
There are several things I am confident of. Things I know are important to Him, because well, that’s what He said.
These things are important…
- Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30
- Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39 and Mark 12:31 (Romans 13:8 and Galatians 5:14)
So, this is the deal…
I know there will be differences and divisions between people of different faiths and backgrounds, but Jesus wants His followers to have unity. Perfect unity.
I am in them and You are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent me and that You love them as much as You love me. John 17:23
Take a minute and read Ephesians 4. It begins like this:
I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:1–3
Bound Together with Peace
Wow, that sounds like Christmas. The season of peace, joy, and brotherly love.
Maybe we need to stop arguing to change someone’s views and start praying that God will change all our views and opinions to align with His.
I’m done being concerned whether people agree with me on social media. I’m not going to enter political debates. I’m not even going to argue my faith.
I am going to share what the Lord has and is doing in my life. I’m going to continue to proclaim how He took a fear-filled girl and gave her courage and hope. I’m going to tell you how He still works miracles.
And I’m going to pray that He opens hearts and minds, and unites His children.
Meanwhile, I’ve turned off the television. I’m flying fast past Facebook humbugs. I’m avoiding the news and everything that has anything to do with politics and…
I’m running to Jesus, the One born to heal and redeem His children. The One who makes love victorious over hate and unity possible. I’m turning up the music and worshipping the One who gives me peace and joy. The reason for our celebration.
May you be blessed by His amazing grace and love this Christmas Season.