It’s way too easy to be mean and forget.
Between the upcoming election, Covid, riots, and disagreements on social media, it feels like the world is going crazy and the Church is caught in the middle.
And it’s easy to blame the “other side.”
Trust me, been there done that.
It’s easy to feel like the ones responsible for all the trouble are the people who think differently and vote contrary to me. Without realizing it, I can so easily make an enemy of the faceless opinions posted on social media. Sadly, I have found it incredibly easy to argue and be a bit careless in my words when I don’t have to look into the eyes of the person who’s argument I’m destroying.
Church what are we doing?
Have we forgotten where the real battle lies?
Ephesians 6:12 states “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The enemy trying to destroy the Church isn’t the person on the other side of the argument. The real Enemy is the one trying to destroy your soul and their’s.
The truth we seem to have forgotten is that the real battle isn’t happening on the streets of America, in the courts, or even on social media or the news. The real battle for America is happening in the hearts and minds of people, in the eyes and ears of Americans.
Yes we need to vote responsibly. We desperately need to be aware of the issues and where each person stands. We need to vote Biblically, morally, ethically, and wisely. We need to speak out against injustice and stand for those who cannot defend themselves. We need to speak the truth in love, and be humble enough to admit when we were wrong. We need to learn from our mistakes and acknowledge our shortcomings.
But we must remember that none of this will change the hearts of anyone.
The reality is no one will be persuaded because I “won” an argument. No one’s mind will be changed because the person I voted for won or lost.
You want to do something that really makes a difference? Spend your time on something that really matters?
And I’m not talking about the simple short “help me Lord!” prayers that are so easy to say and so easy to forget.
Pray as if your life and the life of your children and grandchildren depended on it. Pray as if the future of your nation depended on it. Pray as if you truly believed your prayers could move the hand of God.
We seem to have forgotten that only God can cause blind eyes to see and deaf ears to hear. Only God can change the heart and renew the mind.
It is time to pray, Oh Church, to get on our knees and repent. To ask God to move and beg Him for wisdom and discernment. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters on the other side of the line. When was the last time you pleaded with God to open people’s eyes to see truth and people’s ears to hear His voice? Have you wrestled with God in prayer like Jacob? Refusing to let Him go until He blesses you, until you get an answer?
As a Church we have lost our focus, and we are losing the battle. Don’t worry, the War itself is already won, that’s not up for grabs. God will have the victory. But the battle for America, we shall see.
Unless the Church wakes up and finally remembers who the real Enemy is. And where the real battle lies.
My older sister and I recently started a podcast. It’s about 20-25 minutes, once a week format where we talk about the Bible and different things we’ve learned. Right now we are placing the podcast on this website in my blog. If you’re interested in listening you have to click the link to go back to the actual blog page, and then you can click the podcast and listen. Obviously if you’re not interested, feel free to ignore and delete the podcast emails that will be coming out.