04 January 2017
Evil be thou my Good – Black and White
Greetings Dear Reader,
The shades of grey in the world are infinite. As the standards in our culture for morality and social justice are in flux it becomes difficult to always know what to do in a circumstance. For the Christ follower there are standards where there is no grey, or shadow, or doubt.
The problem is that we tend to proceed from positions other than bedrock. There are things that I must do as a Christ follower that are unquestionable with integrity. The foundation of all that I must do must be my love for God. Second, from that love must proceed a love for all humans.
Social issues become much less grey in light of this. How we treat others tells the world the extent of our love. It reveals if we have allowed the black and white of love they neighbor, the stranger, or thy enemy to become muddied by circumstance, selfishness, or politics.
We make political issues out of things that are moral imperatives. We demand that those who do not follow Christ to act as Christ followers instead of sacrificing all in the effort to show true selfless love. Instead we protest and argue. Instead we allow children to starve over what might happen. We allow the murder of the unborn instead of making it easy to avoid it.
We judge and condemn those who do not live as we think they should. We shun and denounce instead of loving and serving. We embrace evil acts that violate love and justice and call them good. We cannot hope to show the world Christ unless we lay aside all forms of hatred and to whatever it takes to love others as Christ loves them.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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