A Soft Answer

Proverbs 15:1A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”

We live in a time of high emotions, split politics, angry mobs, divisiveness, discord and argument being the expectation rather than the exception.

Social media is a forum for expressing opinion before considering delivery. Capital letters express shouting, feeling threatened is the standard and rebellion the response.

Here we are….Believers who are suppose to be a people after God’s own heart, a living expression of Christ to the world.

Now, I know as well as anyone that there are some people who will react in anger over anything that they disagree with. Some of it is a conditioned response, for others it is simply the freedom to make a statement that carries very little consequence. Losing a friend doesn’t seem to matter, you have 300 more right behind them that you can offend later. If that doesn’t work, make new ones later and start all over.

What is our Calling?

2 Corinthians 5:20Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God.”

We believers have a much higher calling than being politically driven, culturally aware, or politically correct.

We are called to be Jesus to the world.

What does it mean to “be Jesus”?

Jesus exemplified the fruits of the Spirit. He was agape love personified. His wisdom confounded the spiritual elite and He did not allow government to intrude upon His mission.

We have the opportunity to vote in our country, but not every culture has this freedom. We as a church are a global entity, we all share of the Spirit of God, who binds us together in unity and Love. We can petition for godly leadership but we are guaranteed nothing. I live in an extremely liberal region of my country. The entire west coast of America is quickly becoming a bastion of godlessness. It is an advantage when I’m looking for opportunity in evangelism, but in terms of leadership and policy, it is evil.

I can’t let my cultural aspirations exceed my spiritual call.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

The spiritual fire in me must be contained within the spectrum of Love. This is a reminder I must consider daily. If we cut off the recipient because of our approach, we sacrifice their soul for our justification.

The goal is to bring light in the dark and give sight to the blind. Reconciliation and healing is what the world needs, not our political aspirations.

Let’s not forget our purpose.

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