This morning I came across something I posted on Facebook a year ago. It was written five days before the 2017 US presidential inauguration at a time when it seemed like people had one another by the throats. Unfortunately it seems like not much have changed since that time. What I wrote one year ago is still pertinent today
It is easy to get caught up in the "mob mentality", becoming so caught up in the political, economic and even social climate of this world. While interest in these things is not wrong and in fact, is something we ought to be aware of, we must also be careful that we do not become so caught up with them that we neglect that which is far more important; being a witness of and sharing the Gospel.
This morning I read these words: "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works." Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)
It seems like society as a whole is NOT doing that. In fact, it seems like people are intent on stirring up feelings of animosity, hate and division, especially on social media. As Christians, are we too supposed to join in and do the same? No! Our attitude is to be the attitude of Christ!
Is there hate and injustice in this world? Yes there is, just like there was when Jesus walked this earth but He did not start a revolution and speak of overthrowing the Roman government. That's what many wanted him to do but he didn't. He changed lives by changing hearts and changed hearts change our actions.
Are we thinking of ways to motivate others to acts of love and good works or do our words motivate people to think and do evil? This is a serious question that we must ask ourselves. Another question worth asking is, "Have we become so caught up in "The Mob" that we are following it rather than Christ?" Is our message that of "The Mob" or is our message that of Jesus Christ?
What would Jesus do? This is not a trite question. It is one that we as Followers of Jesus Christ must ask ourselves daily. How would He respond to the social and political climate of 2017? If you truly follow Him, you should know the answer and we must do the same.
It seems as if things have become even worse. Many Christians in the U.S. have become so politically-minded that they have gone so far as to not only ignore but even excuse and sometimes endorse wrong behavior! This has caused many to view Christians with contempt and do you know what? I don't blame them! It sickens me when I hear people talk about the love of God in certain settings only to see them post hateful things about others on social media. This is wrong. Don't we understand that we are not only bringing shame to ourselves and the Body of Christ but to Jesus Christ Himself?
I have learned the hard way that what we say and do really does matter. As Christians, we are not just "anybody". We are God's very own children and our response to the world around us needs to reflect that. We must resist the temptation to behave like the world and strive to have the attitude of Christ. When we do, the world will sit up and take notice.