I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure out what to think or do because of a war within the Christian community. It is the war between liberals (progressives) and conservatives. It divides families. It divides churches. It divides the body of believers. This is not what God wants. This is what Paul preached against. This is not biblical…at all.
I have been trying to understand wars, sexuality, human rights, you name it. I want to stand on what is right but in my search I have come up only with more questions and more things to be unsure of. I only get so bogged down and confused about things that I personally have no power over and I am distracted from what is important.
Conservatives and progressives are constantly attacking one another, throwing insults and accusations that they themselves are just as guilty of but unwilling to admit to. Each party does what it can to prove it is right. Both parties use the Holy Scriptures as weapons of war against one another, instead of a means for peace. The enemy who causes all of this confusion and division is laughing at how foolish we are behaving and is sitting back watching us destroy one another. That is his game and we are the pawns. How much longer will this go on?Just exactly how is it making a difference?
I honestly believe that anytime there is progress in areas such as human rights or any other agenda, it is not because of people protesting and writing letters to politicians so much as the silent warriors fighting on their knees, standing in the gap, repenting for the sins of those who are unwilling to repent and praying for the salvation of the lost souls who are in desperate need of the Savior.
It’s winning the lost to Christ that changes the world, not protests, not politics, not voting. Are we really so arrogant as to believe that we have power over those things? God is the One who has the power and He is ultimately the One in authority over all these things. I’m not saying anything against taking a stand as God leads, but when it is a poor reflection of Christ, then Christians need not be involved in the public arena. We are to pray in private. Prayer and fasting is our greatest method of power to change the world. It is where Heaven and Earth meet and God is leading the battle which He has already won.
More and more as time passes, Christians are looking like the world. Our faith is nothing more than a religious political arena for the most part. We seek recognition and personal gain from our own agendas (not much unlike politicians). We have right wing and left wing parties just like secular society has the republicans and democrats. We call them conservatives and progressives (as if conservatives were uninterested in progress…or progressives want to leave behind Christian values given by God through our forefathers). This is bunk!
What needs to happen is that we need to come together on common ground and leave the rest for God to guide each of us according to His purpose and will. We need to focus on one another’s strengths and speak words that edify. We need to encourage, not tear down. This is the will of God. This is biblical Truth we can agree on. We need to have a relationship that will make the Atheist hungry and the Agnostic thirsty instead of being the butt of their jokes. We need to stop turning the stomach of the people who need the Bread of Life and Living Water.
Christians are responsible for the condition of the world but it’s not because we haven’t taken a stand as some would want to accuse. It’s because we are standing more than we are kneeling. The power is in prayer! We have become so involved in the affairs of this world and things that are out of our control that we have missed the most important aspect of our faith…prayer and loving one another. We are too busy to pray when we should be too busy not to!
For the sake of the lost, stop it! Start living in such a way that we just don’t even have to speak. The world will know we are Christians by our love. Where is it? What do they see? They see division. They see greed. They see divorce. They see fatherless children. They see scandal, deception, backbiting and false teaching. This is what the world notices. They are looking for an excuse to not believe and we are giving it to them.
We are called to preach good news to the poor but if we don’t live like we have the good news, then what good is the preaching? We need to be done with religious politics and get back to the basics. There is a gospel. It needs to be lived out and offered to those who have ears to hear. Souls are at stake.
The Great Commission says nothing about ending wars and stopping violence. It’s actually so much less complicated than this. It is simply to go out into the world and share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is done not only with words, but with our actions and with our very lives. We are all accountable. It’s time to get things back on track. God is about unity and the church is divided. We must come together. It’s not an option. The eternity of countless souls is at stake. This is serious stuff. The only hope we have is unity in Christ. He can help solve our differences. Truth is, there is brokenness and repentance that needs to take place with both conservative and “liberals”, and the “parties” need to be raided by the gospel of peace.