Union Ridge Church

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

by Reverend Dan on September 22, 2021

“You have heard it said to love your neighbors and hate your enemies. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you.”

                                                                                                Matthew 5:43-44


Are we as Christian’s part of the problem or part of the solution?


Now, I know we can’t lump everyone into one answer or category, but by-and-large, do the Christians who maintain a large and loud presence on social media and television help or hurt the cause of Christ?


When you read a post or a blog or watch a TV show or listen to the radio, and you hear what is put out there by a professing Christian, I fear that demographic, instead of serving as a calming influence on the discussion, is fueling the fire. Emotion has sucked Christians into the ugliness and division along with everyone else. Politics, racial issues, economics, and so many other issues seem to be a breeding ground for people to proclaim their piousness in the name of God by judging, belittling, and berating others.


Scripture tells us to love our enemies and pray for those that persecute us. It also tells us to love others as we love ourselves. I just don’t see either of those happening.


Sure, I get riled up every once in a while. Frustrated and tempted to lash out at someone with a viewpoint different than mine. But taking to a virtual soapbox which only exacerbates the problem and escalates the issue and the emotions surrounding it is not healthy, it is not productive, and most of all, it is not scriptural.


No wonder we as the church are losing ground. We’re becoming that which we hate and, in the process, losing the grace, forgiveness and compassion Christ died for. (Not to mention the integrity.) And once that is gone, the faith becomes irrelevant, just another loud scream amidst a cacophony of others.


Before we share something on Facebook, or vouch that what we heard on TV is the gospel truth, let’s all take a deep breath and ask one question: does what I am about to do reflect Christ, and will it help or hurt the kingdom of God?


Father, soften our hearts and our words in order that love will be heard above all the rhetoric. In Jesus’ nameAMEN.