Unsettled

The response of fellow believers in the past few days is unsettling. 

I weep as I write this because I love God’s Church. I strongly believe and support God’s plan and intentions for His Bride. But it just grieves me, that in the most critical days, we’re falling short in so many ways. We look less and less like Jesus. And It’s unsettling. 

I believe God’s Word. All of it. And I believe in protecting the unborn, just as I believe in love and justice for every person made in the image of God. But lately, our response and our celebration of this ruling feels prideful, politicized and polarizing as it has become little about the sanctity and value of protecting all life. There is scarcity of truth with love. As I scroll (and maybe I shouldn’t!), our modern, digital version of Christianity looks more like voicing our position. Our social media posts are LOUD and brash but then we cower in fear when we sit across from one another and avoid hard conversations or even just a listening ear. We haven’t walked through the doors to minister in a women’s shelter. We avoid the homeless on the street. We haven’t offered a spare bedroom to someone in need. We aren’t concerned about healthcare or education for anyone but ourselves and “our people”. It isn’t convenient to foster a child with our busy schedules and to adopt is such an expense in this economy. Our response feels….unsettling. 

As simple as it is, I’ve been deeply convicted by what should be our only response: what would Jesus do? How would Jesus respond? Would He boast and cheer? Or would He look for the one hurting and feeling ashamed? Who would He seek out, sit with, talk to, invite in? And as a follower of Jesus, am I doing that? Ask yourself—has my response this weekend brought anyone closer to encountering the love of Jesus? If we’re honest, I think your response would also be…unsettling. 

We just aren’t doing enough. 

We are too combative. 

We are too comfortable. 

In a world that is…

So broken. 

So hungry for love. 

Read and remember how Jesus walked this earth.
Read 1 CORINTHIANS 13.
Determine to be that love in conversation and action.
BE UNSETTLED AT THE STATE OF THIS WORLD AND
BE UNSETTLED AT YOUR PART IN THE SOLUTION.

1 Corinthians 13- The More Excellent Way

 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails.

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