In general, I no longer agree with the tone and message of many articles written by Christians. Christians are supposed to be “little Christs,” but are we?
Lots of Americans (and those around the world) need to hear the good news of Christ, but many people in America have only heard Christians put them down. They haven’t heard Christians lift up Jesus or the fact that God loves them. God says he wants none to perish. What about us? How do we feel about those that oppose us, that might hurt us? Those we so politically disagree with? Can we say we love them?
Instead of focusing on the sins of others (and yes, there are many–and in our own lives, too; but where sin abounds, grace does much more abound), God’s people (you and I) should concentrate on getting closer to Him, asking Him to change our hearts with his love, and then extending that love to all that we come in contact with.
I believe God is grieved these days with the hardness of our hearts.
We need to remember that God doesn’t want anyone to perish, and that not only does He love all people, he calls for us to love them too. Our true enemy is the devil, not people. Although at times it looks like the people, we have to see past that. America needs to hear that the God of the Bible is a God of love, and we need to lift up Jesus (and the fact that he was willing to die for all of us). When Jesus is lifted up then all men will be drawn to him.
Remember that line from The Cross and The Switchblade (a true book on David Wilkerson’s ministry to the gangs in NY)? :
Nicky Cruz: “You come near me and I’ll kill you!”
David Wilkerson: “Yeah, you could do that. You could cut me up into a thousand pieces and lay them in the street, and every piece will still love you.”
Wow. Let’s pray for that kind of love!