I have been thinking a lot about the state of our country lately. I find myself a little down every time I watch the news. It seems like the values I hold dearest as a Christian are disappearing in our nation only to be replaced by an “anything goes” mentality. As I have thought on this God has been revealing to me a different viewpoint. He has done this through my reading of my Bible, my pastor’s teachings, my children, my co-workers, as well as many other ways. Imagine taking the government out of the picture and just concentrating on what God wants us to do as Christians. He has revealed in the Bible what that should look like. What does He want from His church? What is His church? How are we to live a moral life in an immoral setting? This blog will explore what I believe God is revealing to His people and how we are called to listen and obey.
What does God want from His church? He wants us to have a love of God above all else first, and then loving our neighbor more than ourselves. These are the two greatest commandments. It sounds simple enough but it isn’t being done. Loving God above all else means just that. We are to love Him more than ourselves, our spouses, our money, our cars, our houses, our children, and everything else. When we don’t look like a follower of Christ it takes away our testimony with others who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. What stands out to our neighbors that would make them want what we have? Who are our neighbors? The whole world is our neighborhood. Our enemies are also our neighbors. We are called to look out for each other. God especially calls us to remember the widows and orphans among us. There should be no hungry children in our neighborhoods (the whole world). There should be no person out there who feels hopeless and alone. We as the church are called to reach out in love to the hurting. He has blessed America abundantly with resources. Why would we not turn around and use them to give a hand up to those who are not as fortunate?
So how are Christians supposed to live during these times? We can find the answer in the Bible. 2 Peter 3:17-18 tells us You therefore Beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” The times we’re living in are not a surprise to God. We can read this in His word the Bible. We are instructed to grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ. We are to remain grounded in the principles we learn when reading our Bibles. We have to read the Word in order to know these principles. When we don’t know the Word we react to the world. Let’s try not reacting and instead follow the commandments that the Bible laid out for us. How different would the world be if Christians did this? We would stand out. People would see the difference not only in our words but also in deeds. I believe whole heartedly that this would bring about change in many people. This needs to happen no matter what the times are bringing about for Christians. This is an exciting time for Christians because I believe God is using all this adversity to raise His church up. He is calling us to what He originally wanted His people, the church to look like. Just read about the New Testament church to understand what God’s blueprint is for His church today.
I will end my soapbox thoughts today with this verse from James 1:19-22: “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”