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August 30, 2016, 11:09 AM

What Should My Response Be?

This blog post is not about:  A Man being told he could not pray on Clemson University campus unless he registered to do so and was located in a “free speech zone.”

The purpose of this blog post is not to discuss:  People at Travelers Rest H.S. being told they were not allowed to bring an American flag into a football game against Berea H.S. because it was offensive to the students, players, and fans of Berea H.S. 

The purpose of this blog post is not:  To convince you to vote for Donald Trump for president, nor to convince you to vote for Hillary Clinton for President.

The purpose of this blog post is not to discuss:  The actions and words of a football player who refuses to stand for the playing of the National Anthem, because he refused to honor the flag of a country who oppresses blacks and other minorities. 

The purpose of this blog post IS:  To share with you from God’s word how we as Christians and the Church of the living God should respond to things in life that are contrary to your beliefs, principles, and convictions.

So many things happen these days that just make us want to scream!  We read or see things in the news and we are left speechless and dumbfounded.  Or maybe we know exactly what we want to say but know we shouldn’t say it.  

In a world of 24 hour news, social media, and live feed videos, we as Christians must take pause before we post, tweet, or just old fashioned rant.  

When you don’t know what to say or feel like you might explode if you say anything, stop and consider these steps.  

1.  Turn to God in prayer.  Give your hurts, fears, pains, frustrations, and confusions to God.  Take time to vent to God before you vent to anyone or anywhere.  - I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.”  Pray for guidance and patience in how to think, act, and how to respond or whether to respond at all. 

2.  Remember we are commanded to love our neighbor.  Who is my neighbor you ask?  Well, in short, everyone.  But, to be more precise it is not just people who look like you, talk like you, and believe like you, but it is also those who don’t.  It includes those who are not like you, don’t believe the same way you do and even those who don’t like you.  Remember the story of the good samaritan?  Luke 10:25-37

3.  Remember to love your “enemies.” - Perhaps avoiding the idea of looking at people as your enemies is the best philosophy to embrace to begin with.  After all everyone has a soul that needs to be redeemed by Jesus Christ.  We are to love, care for, and be kind to everyone so that they may see Jesus in us and come to know Him.  That includes those that oppose you, torment you, persecute you, are out to get you, or otherwise drive you crazy.  - Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”

4.  Remember to let your light shine for Jesus Christ.  A soft answer turns aways wrath.  Be the bigger person.  Humble yourself and think of others first.  Realize that it is largely a choice to be offended or not.  In a day and age when so many people are so quick to be offended over so little.  Respond to adversity as Christ would, with love.   Love does not mean having to agree with, embrace, or join in.  It does mean that we don’t tear down, belittle, or berate those that disagree with us or persecute us and our beliefs.  We should temper our response with kindness and love.  Demonstrate that we are willing to go the extra mile so that others might see a difference in us.  When we respond as Christ would respond, in love, we are letting our light shine.  - Matthew 5:16  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

5.  Stand on the Word of God boldly.  Research the issue, and know the whole story.  Don’t jump to conclusions or have knee jerk reactions based on news headlines.  Once you have know the whole story and have followed the other 4 steps as listed above then respond in Godly fashion with the truth.  I Corinthians 6:13 ESV “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”

Respond and discuss the events of life as God leads you, God guides you, God protects you and as He would respond.  Be wise as a serpent, but harmless as a dove.  

 


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