Again, I wonder how we landed here. In my mind, they have driven what would be our joy ride right off the cliff. Blame game? Sure. Who doesn't? Who can relate? Yet, that doesn't make any of it right. Understandable? Yes. Relatable? Yes. Normal? Justifiable? Ok? No. I'm not sure what Jesus would have done, but I'm positive I missed the mark. I'm pretty creative, but I am not the author of perfect parables. Our entire family down to the smallest can quote, "Be ye kind one to another. Ephesians 4:32." We've even made a reward system out of it in the past. However, can we live it? After all, we are human. We are faulty. We are wrong, & we sin...yes, I called myself out & used the word sin.
As this recent US election & all of the events surrounding it has come & gone, I am sad. I am disappointed. I am upset. It's all so alarming & confusing. I know that takes most of you by surprise. Anyone can take 1 look at me, my family, our Taxidermy & Processing business (the very definition of 2nd Amendment Supporters), the fact that I've been raised in a very conservative political home, the fact that I believe in modesty as not only an outward dress but also a lifestyle, & maybe this is where I should NOT insert that my family has always reached out to employ what society has deemed as "underprivileged help." To be honest & frank, I've never cut an entire yard of grass, ever. I've done little, if any, domestic work growing up. I've always been encouraged by society to instead use my mind for "better" things. I italicize better because no one is better than another. No color, no job, not even one choice completely defines an individual. I have also never been hungry or lacked any needs or even many wants, despite my lack of experience with any form of manual labor. Whether I want to admit it or not, I am honestly the very definition of privileged. The question for me is not whether it exists or even if I agree, the question is what am I going to do about it. Why am I privileged yet sad?
During this time in America, we are divided. Divided like never before? I seriously doubt it when we consider the Civil War & equal rights movement. Indeed, America has come a long way. I am thankful for my right to vote & participate in our government & freedoms & those who have fought so hard for that. I would like to be one that continues that trend that their fighting would never be in vain. However, most of what I see is not necessarily heading in that direction. What I see from even my close friends & families that I know is outright appalling & attacking one another. Has sarcasm & mockery ever been as accepted & encouraged? I mean really, how many memes does our generation need to spread their own agenda? I will be the 1st to admit that some are funny, but at whose expense? Is it okay to laugh when others are being targeted whether it be true or not? Is that bullying? Is that hate? Is that malice? & is that in Jesus' name??? I'm not asking if it is truthful in your eyes or for your particular set of circumstances. I am not asking if you agree with the meme or can even relate. I am asking if it good, edifying, graceful, & peaceful? Dear American Christian, did you forget the scriptures that you claim to live by:
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is
good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29
"Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking. nor jesting, which are not convenient:
but rather giving of thanks." Ephesians 5:4
"The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious;
but the lips of a fool will swallow himself up." Ecclesiastes 10:12
"But now ye also put off all of these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth." Colossians 3:8
"Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know
how ye ought to answer every man." Colossians 4:6
Since I have typed against certain memes, maybe this is where I should insert the beautiful picture of a church that states, "Church is a hospital for sinners, not a social club for saints." If everyone in our church dresses "up to par," acts a certain accepted way, follows acceptable rules for things to do or not to do, agrees where to go or not go, checks behind one another to make sure others are doing as they are "suppose to do," this is not the church as Jesus intended. Jesus compelled ALL. I don't understand having churches that are fit for certain races or class of people. If we are all perfect & have everything figured out, there is no need for congregating to prove that. We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church. The church is not a building or even a denomination. Having our name on a membership or only reaching out to a specific group we "approve" of or deem worthy, is NOT salvation. I am not against gathering together. We pastor. Obviously, we are faithful attenders. I encourage anyone to come & be a part, sing His praises, fill yourself full of Him to go out into the world. It is not God's will that we tend to ourselves only & barely get by with a handful of others. Intead: Be thankful. Show love. Share & serve. That is our life work, our mission. We are to spread His goodness through service. How we treat people outside the church after the service is over tells a true story about who we are. Putting others down is childish, especially copying words of another that would hurt or put down anyone. It has become the norm to tack the phrases "bless their hearts, just sayin', but that's none of my business, keepin' it real" or throw the words "prayer request" in the place of the real word gossip around in a careless, thoughtless manner. Wake up American Christians! Be careful how you throw around someone else's clever words just for fun. Better yet, use your own words, & think them through. Be aware of other's feelings. Listen more. Speak less. We are none perfect, but can't we try?
I never thought I'd actually say this but I do miss the food & pet posts circling my social media feed. I use to think, "What if I told you that you can love & eat without posting it?" Now, I'm over here feeling like, "Where's the supper & dog pictures people??? Oh, & don't forget the selfies!"
Please don't view this post as a place where comments justifying yourself or beliefs are necessary. I always welcome kind comments & encouraging words. If you hate this blog, I am ok with that. This is my little space on the internet. You don't have to make your argument or further your agenda here. I am clearly asking Christians to wake up & consider your actions & go forth showing peace.
BE THANKFUL ~ SHOW LOVE
SHARE & SERVE
SHARE & SERVE
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise,
think on these things. Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard,
and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." Philippians 4:8-9