I wrote this Tuesday night after processing it for about 6 hours during the day. My heart has been very grieved over the past week for various issues that have appeared on social media and the reaction by many Christians. (I am careful not to expect a certain type of behavior from those who don’t claim to believe and follow Christ and His teachings, so they are not lumped into the category.)
From the response on my facebook page, I wasn’t the only one feeling this way!
“This past week has been laced with a few things that have many Christians uncomfortable, defensive, and to say the least–confused. I don’t think it’s by chance that it’s been a heavy hitting, emotional week as we come upon Easter–the main message of our faith! Satan knows that misspoken words & harmful stereotypes will cause a break in the unity of Believers. (& even those who aren’t Believers) He knows that casting doubt, fear& confusion in your mind will keep you from unity with Christ. What victory he would have this week as we harbor sin and grievances towards our brothers and sisters in Christ!
If you find yourself in that place tonight–maybe it’s time to step away from social media a bit and step into the presence of God. May we seek not to be right, to be righteous, but only to only be in right standing with the sinless Lamb of God. . The battle has already been won–satan isn’t getting that but he can take our joy, love, and effectiveness away. There’s too much on the line to present a mixed message to a hurting world. There was a big cost to my freedom & peace. I’m not risking it. Are you?”
“May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. ” – Jesus (John 17:23)
I want to share with you a video that really meant a lot to me a few years ago. I pray it is encouraging to you as we focus on our Savior and His death on the cross.
(Click here if you can’t see video)