Some issues are just more complex than we want them to be…
Are issues of social justice always just a local matter?
Is control really the main issue behind gun control?
Joel 2:12-13 (NLT)
“That is why the LORD says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’
Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionately, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
It seems that we’re looking at today’s issues thru stained glass windows. Keep reading…it’ll make sense.
“It’s crucial—crucial—to understand that it’s not our pursuit of holiness that qualifies us to see the Lord. Rather, we are qualified to see the Lord by the Lord, not by good things we do. We […]
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (KJV)
Love him or not…he certainly needs our prayers.
"So...Jesus is hanging out with His disciples for a couple of years, and then tells them one day, 'I'll be leaving you, and it's better for you that I leave.' His disciples are like, 'Why is that better'? He tells them that when He leaves, He'll send the Holy Spirit who will instruct you in all things. The idea was that an infantile, immature faith needs the physical presence of Jesus in order to function, whereas mature faith relies on the Holy Spirit so that, thru the Spirit, we see God in all things. What we have in America right now is an infantile evangelical movement, where we want God explicitly visible on everything...on the back of my car, on my radio station, in the movie theater, on my t-shirt, in my kid's school, and everywhere else in the public eye. So we panic when we see our society intent on stripping those things away. We need to graduate to a more mature faith, where we're not relying on all of these external things to be assured of God's presence, but on the Holy Spirit who reveals God in our everyday lives."~ Skye Jethani
"A divided country needs a united church."~ Ed Stetzer
"I think we have really hyper-individualized Christianity. We are comfortable with pastors laying out the implications of being a Christian in our personal lives, maybe even our family lives...but not our social lives. When you group people together into communities, such as a neighborhood or national government, for some reason, we tend to keep God out of those arenas today. Why are so many churches scared to tackle social issues like gun violence, education reform, racism, abortion, and so on? Why have we so privatized our Christianity?"~ Skye Jethani
"Believe it or not, the breakdown of character in our society has actually caused us to be more legalistic. The decline of character is being compensated for with more laws. So now you can't say something is wrong anymore if it's legal, no matter how morally wrong it may be. The focus then has shifted to making better laws, because as a society, we're losing the ability to make better people. That's what society used to look to the church for."~ Phil Vischer
"My advice to the American church would be simply this: you don't have to be so scared. Sometimes you can lose legislative force and political force, and yet not lose the force of the gospel. Classical historians are still baffled at how the early church completely transformed the Roman Empire with no political or legislative power. Some would venture to say that it was miraculous."~ John Dickson (an Australian Christian apologist)
Be careful when taking sides…