So I’m not going to lie, y’all. This is not what I had planned to post for today. It’s not what I originally had on my mind.
But I just couldn’t focus on anything else. I couldn’t get this negativity off my heart. The things I have seen, read, heard from people this week have really made me squirm in anguish.
I have been a little disappointed in some friends who claim to be disciples of Christ and how they have conducted themselves this week. It saddens me to see someone who has the opportunity to show others Christ but chooses to spew hateful words instead.
Now, I normally hate politics. I don’t like talking about them, hearing about them. People just tend to fight when politics are brought up and so I tend to avoid the subject altogether. So, I never in a million years thought that I would ever write the word “politics” in this little safe place of ours.
I think we can all agree that this season in American voting history has been a trying one. It has been stressful no matter what your political beliefs are.
I think we can also agree that there has been negativity from every crevice of this election.
Here’s what breaks my heart: Regardless of the outcome, regardless of what other people are saying, we as Christians have been called to represent Christ.
We have been called to speak life. We have been called to show love. We have been called to show others who Christ is and who He can be to them.
I’m currently reading Beth Moore’s Breaking Free with a few girlfriends of mine and in the latest chapter I read she was talking about Moses. In Exodus 34 we see that when he had been in the Lord’s presence, he was so full of God’s glory that he had to put a veil over his face because his face glowed so brightly with God’s presence.
Friend’s when we walk in the freedom of the Lord we should shine so brightly with his glory and love that others cannot mistake it for anything else!
Beth says, “You see, people who are living out the reality of their liberation in Christ, progress in their spiritual lives in an ever-increasing glory. As they grow in spiritual maturity, the Spirit of God becomes increasingly recognizable in them…We were created for the purpose of giving Christ’s invisible character a glimpse of visibility. If we grasp all the eternal implications of such a destiny, we would want to do anything possible to make sure all hindrances were removed.”
So friends, when we go about our days and week and months, as we interact with people around us can we honestly say that we are giving visibility to Christ’s character. Are your words seasoned with grace? Are your actions and motives those that will glorify the name of the God that you say you serve?
When we are living as disciples of Christ, our lives should show it. Can other’s see Christ’s love shining on your face, in your words being typed on Facebook?
I urge you to speak and act with the intentionality of showing those who are lost and searching the only One who can fulfill their longing and comfort their pain.
Walk with the confidence that our Father is in control.
Speak with love and compassion that is oozing with Christ’s sovereignty.
Show others that hate and bitterness are not part of our hearts.
Live so close to your Father that Christ is immediately recognizable in you.