Do, or do not. There is no try. Yoda
Do, or do not. There is no try. Yoda
The Trinity. And with us.
In the organizing of societies, as in the living out of our lives, there are two potential gods: government or God.
Choose wisely. The end depends on the beginning.
One of Jesus’ well known teachings is the parable of the sower, told to an immense crowd gathered on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. His closest disciples approached Jesus afterwards and asked “Why do you use these hard-to-understand illustrations?” Jesus explained that not all are able to understand about the Kingdom of Heaven. Some people hear and see but do not understand. Others are blessed to hear, see, and understand. And they are the ones who turn to God.
Jesus then explained the parable and the different outcomes when the seeds of God’s Word are sown:
“Now here is the explanation of the story I told about the farmer planting grain: The hard path where some of the seeds fell represents the heart of a person who hears the Good News about the Kingdom and doesn’t understand it; then Satan comes and snatches away the seeds from his heart. The shallow, rocky soil represents the heart of a man who hears the message and receives it with real joy, but he doesn’t have much depth in his life, and the seeds don’t root very deeply, and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops out. The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for money choke out God’s Word, and he does less and less for God. The good ground represents the heart of a man who listens to the message and understands it and goes out and brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom.” Jesus, Matthew 13:18-23, TLB
Sow wisely. And widely.
The news these days is filled with reports about Black Lives Matter. Notice the upper case. This denotes a proper noun, which represents a radical Neo-Marxist organization intent on destroying the freedom and faith based societies that comprise Western Civilization, including, but not limited to, the United States of America. We also see reference to BLM; again upper case indicating the movement and riot-fueled lawlessness. Putting a hashtag and using all lower case (#blacklivesmatter) is also punctuation that connotes the hatred espoused by advocates of BLM.
In contrast all people will agree that black lives matter. In the lower case usage, care must be taken to understand that this is entirely different from BLM. In the lower case, it is a simple statement that confirms that the lives of black people are equally important and worthy of the rights bestowed by God, which rights were affirmed by the Founding Fathers and are enshrined in the United States Constitution. This case is in alignment with the Gospel taught and exercised by Christianity. We cannot possibly love our neighbors as ourselves if we do not wholeheartedly accept that black lives matter. The same applies to all peoples of all ethnicities. Racism is wrong and it is not Biblical.
Those with a decent education will see the conclusion of this case study. We can fully reject Black Lives Matter, while at the same time respect and honor that black lives matter.
Systemic Racism? The Cultural Civil War. Two topics that Christians must be clear on in order to know #WhatNowToDo. Here are two articles to help discern clarity and truth.
Systemic Racism And The Human Heart: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/06/65536/
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)
God’s love and mercy are fresh each morning. The beginning of a new day provides a fresh start where the slate has been wiped clean, with no traces of yesterday. A new day to do life better.
In our joy, let’s not forget the next step.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB)
When is the last time you asked God to search your heart and to show you any areas of sin or un-surrender? Ask Him for a fresh work of the Spirit in your life, and for grace to respond in true brokenness and humility. And let today’s slate be a pleasing aroma to our God.
The solution cannot come from Washington. Washington is the polestar of the problem. Nor will the solution come from state or local government. Likewise it will not come from defunded police or no police. The solution starts in your own heart. In your family and community. In your church. The solution will come from following a different god.
Send a letter, card, or other word of encouragement to everyone you are prompted about today. Do it.