It is no surprise that you can scroll through your newsfeed on Facebook on any given day and see drama. People arguing, fussing, fighting spewing opinion based comments fueled by hate.
I can totally understand this usually, really not that surprising, but when it is Christian vs. Christian, it bothers me!
For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. -Ephesians 6:12
These days, as Christians, we not only have to go against the wiles of the devil, apparently we now have to battle each other along with the religious spirit that is running rampant. For What? To prove I know more than you or I am better than you! “Well my church believes this” or “The bible says that tongues have ceased”! What does God say? LOVE!!!!
For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?” Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, and then later said: “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” (1 Cor. 3:3 and 6:7; all quotations taken from the NIV).
There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy loving debate, but I am frustrated at times by the way “Christians” tear each other apart and leave nothing left untouched. We have become like vultures on the internet-via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ whatever your social network of choice may be, just looking for a believer to say something in a way you don’t agree or maybe you don’t have enough faith to believe. Why is this? Why do we waste our days that God has blessed us with doing the works of the enemy, that is really what we are doing if there is any ounce of selfish wicked intention in that Facebook comment let’s face it…we are wrong!
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. -1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe you or they haven’t received that revelation yet, that God might have you both strong in separate areas, like he is the right arm and you are the left arm of the body. We need to take a step back and examine if this is truly what God wants us to say to God’s child or is this just what “I FEEL” like saying. What do you think that atheist in the Facebook thread is thinking when you are forwardly agreeing with him or that other unbeliever that is on the fence whether they believe in God or not…is he going to choose Jesus then? So you really think this glorifies God?
Listen to me please! There are no two people, Christian or not, that are going to agree on everything…Never! Why do you think the church has broken up into hundreds of thousands of denominations, because they disagreed with what there church said once and so they just left then founded and created their own church based on their personal opinions of the gospel.
It’s as simple as this if you don’t agree with something another believer posts, why not just pray for them? Take it to the throne first and foremost. We are the body of Christ, supposedly uniting to fight on the same side…the Good side…the Winning side…please remember this.
Have we forgotten who the real enemy is? The enemy’s plan is to divide and conquer, there is no need to corner a new Christian and make them feel like they have blasphemed our Father or they just aren’t cutting it, cause if you are truly walking the path of God, by now you know it’s not easy and it takes a lifetime to mature. If they are truly sinning against God then it is He who should reprimand them shouldn’t it? Think about it when your two children are arguing, who ultimately is the disciplinary? One of the kids? or you the parent? Let it go and let God handle it in His way.
Encourage don’t tear down! Let’s not forget who the enemy is shall we. Be Blessed and stay in LOVE!
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Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Relaxed, Eclectic Homeschooling Mama to 3 girls – 8, 11, & 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the homeschooling trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a new found hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves hanging out at her exclusive Facebook Group “Homeschooling 101 Community” that she started to help new homeschoolers thrive.