Controversy. It’s everywhere. It’s practically been shoved down our throats over the last year but what has really been accomplished? It has shed light on the selfishness and over sensitivity of people in America. Claims of racism, bigotry and hate permeate our media and our media loves it. Anything to boost the ratings. So while we’re busy ranting over the confederate flag, Jimmy and his grandmother struggle to find their next meal. Our youth are being led by examples of offense and materialism and selfishness. Tell me it’s not true and you’ll have to show me because the good examples are being pushed aside while the bad examples are being exemplified.
Crime, hate and violence are at an all-time high at this point right now than ever. All the negative feelings we have for each other stem from our own selfish pride, whether we want to realize it or not. I have caught myself reacting the same way which is why I have to write this. It makes me see clearly the road that America is taking and it looks like we’re close to the point of no return.
This country was founded on Christian values, as Ravi Zacharias put it so well, “only the Judeo-Christian worldview could have framed such a nation’s ideas and values: “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”. It all started off wrong when the hypocrisy of slavery was allowed in the midst of such a statement. If you are equal to me, then we both should have the same opportunities. At least today, it’s closer to being true than 200 years ago, but there is still a stronghold of oppression in this country that many are unable to overcome.
This is where our pride and hypocrisy comes in. The Christians of this nation have a responsibility to love and nurture all those who need it. This does not mean protesting the gay marraige or confederate flag, or calling out those people whom we disagree with, or pointing fingers to those people who have obviously mad serious mistakes in their lives (and got caught). It does mean that we need to be in the trenches ready to show love to the least likely person by offering our resources in their time of need. How do you think that person got into his or her situation? It certainly wasn’t because as a child they dreamed of becoming a drug addict. Every single one of us have faced difficult choices in our lives and every single one of us have failed to make the right choices every time. I don’t even need statistics for that one because I know it’s true. If you’re human, you have failed at least once and sinned against God.
Because of that statement, none of us have any right to accuse another of anything with any sense of indignancy or righteousness. What we should do is remember the grace given to us by God and offer the same to those around us. Especially those people who we despise. Don’t apply for a job if it’s going to challenge your morals so that you refuse to perform your job. How effective would our army be if our Christian soldiers refused to pull the trigger and shoot the enemy because “thou shalt not kill”? The same goes for our clerks in the judicial system who refuse to marry gays because it is against their religion. If it’s the law, then do your job, otherwise quit and do something else. That doesn’t mean I agree with the law or condoning it. It means I am choosing to obey God’s law by “respecting my authority” and doing what my job title says I do. If I cannot perform my job with peace in my heart, then I will go find another job but I will not allow my pride to condemn those who are in the act of choosing something that God does not love. That’s between them and God. My job is to love.
Jesus said it best to us Pharisees. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices- mint, dill, cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law- justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” Matthew 23:23-25
Let’s not neglect the more important matters and stop being the hypocrites He described above. Love one another.