Friday, August 03, 2012

What's Happened to the Sword?

Okay... I'm going all controversial on you again, but I hope you'll calmly think about this.

Early this morning I read this post: Five Reasons How The Church Failed Yesterday, and to understand my post better today, you might wish to read that article, first. (I'll wait for you to get back.) 

That post (which will confuse people back into apathetic corners, I'm afraid) was written by a Christian and spoke of the Chick-fil-A rally of the day before, proclaiming thoughts like this:

"Christians all over America ignored the second greatest commandment: to love our neighbors. Call yesterday what you want, freedom of speech, a rally behind “family values,” a sincere fascination with CFA’s brand of fried poultry… but it cannot be called love. It was not love."

Wow. According to many people Today, love is some one-dimensional, ooey--gooey, feel good, can-I-sit-with-you-and-pat-you-on-the-back-in-your-often-brought-upon-yourself-misery? kind of thing.

But have we forgotten how Jesus did love?

Jesus confronted those sellers in the temple, knocked their neatly-arranged tables over, even. He told the satan in Peter to get behind Him when Peter tried to talk Him out of dying for the whole world. He corrected Martha, defended Mary and He yelled at the religious high-and-holy guys:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness."  Matt. 23:27, 28  (Have you read the whole Matthew chapter 23 lately? Wow.)

Jesus remembered that it's the truth which will set us free.

How much do we love our children when we don't confront them about that which will lead them to dark, dangerous places? How much do we love a stranger if we don't firmly yank him back from an oncoming bus?

Yes! Love is about giving and comforting and feeding and clothing and being available in times of need.

But that's not all love is. There's an even higher form of love: the love of God, His truth and standing up for both. A love the Bible tells us comes before the love of people, a love so high, so holy that it appears like hate in comparison:

".. And Jesus turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple."  ... Luke 14:25

I hear many people pushing some one-dimensional, passive, quiet type of love, but that's not the love I want! I want the kind of love which stands strong, vocally if need be, fighting in the Light for truth with the sword of the spirit in my hand and my heart. There's a world so dark and so confused out there and the love of God and His Word must always come first, foremost; it must be the deciding factor no matter who misunderstands and calls it hate. 

I want to be led by the Jesus who was not passive while here upon this planet, but rather, always did just the right thing at just the right time because He got His instructions from God and obeyed them, even when it wasn't comfortable or popular...

... and eternally changed a world because of that.


"Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man."  ... Luke 6:22

"... don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God."  ... James 4:4

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

.....    Edmund Burke


Always Learning said...

I agree with you 100%! i read some of these writings from Christians that say we shouldn't get involved in anything in society....What about being salt and light and speaking truth as you wrote? I always want to take a stand against evil. Someone has to.

Bonnie said...

I've been watching Christians coming out with that opinion too, Debra. His is an interesting perspective but not an accurate portrayal of the hearts of most who are showing their support of Chick-fil-A. Are we to turn our heads when a fellow christian is persecuted for living the life he believes to be true? I think the blogger you linked to fails to recognize that our basic rights of freedom of religion and free speech are ever under attack here in the U.S. Good people quietly do very good work loving people who are different from them, gay or straight, day in and day out, but that doesn't make news. But when a particular group then suggests that *someone elses* way of life is wrong (they would say hateful) the irony is startling. Every day countless numbers of us love people who we do not fully understand. We do not ask that they believe what we believe. Each person has free will. That is all we ask of them, as well - that they allow us to live freely as well. Some people will never feel included even when told that they are fully accepted. We can do as much as we can do and then it's up to each individual to know that they are loved irrespective of their beliefs.

And for what it's worth, I decided to frequent Chick-Fil-A in support well before Huckabee made his announcement. I bet countless others did, too.

Anonymous said...

Maybe most who call themselves followers of GOD should spend more time reading HIS WORD...plenty of verses there to tell us HOW we should live if we love HIM. I cannot think of a single verse that would be against supporting Chik-fil-a in that manner. (TO ME, it was a statement that we are sick and tired of the news media blowing things out of proportion and LYING about what the man truly said!!) He made a statement about his own life, for crying out loud. The main problem is how people with deviant lifestyles HATE what GOD has to say about it. And that is nothing we had any control over. HE is who has the say. In our over 60 years, the most intolerant people hubby and I have ever met are those in lifestyles that are more or less a shaking fist in GOD's face. So sad really.

Robin in New Jersey said...

Amen! Amen! Amen!

You have said it well.

Thank you, Debra!

Storybook Woods said...

Hey Debra, great post (As you know) I found this post very convicting. I agree with you there are times where we need to stand strong and vocal AND that is the loving thing to do. I think the reason I felt convected was person reason. I did not agree with everything he said but for me it always comes back to my heart. I am just as concerned how as say something, as the message I am conveying. I have had truth spoken to me so many times in my life. Yes, what they said was true but it was said in such a crushing way with no love for me. Like I said they were right, I was sinning bit gosh they could have pointed out my sin without crushing me so.

I was not saying (when I posted this on FB) one should not support CF. I might have gone if we had one. This post reminded to to look at my heart and make sure it is in the right place. Well at lest for me, that is what I got from this post xoxo Clarice