Man, its cold out there. Have you felt it recently?
Double entendre alert. What a double entendre? That’s a phase that has two meanings, one obvious and one less obvious.
Okay, so what did I mean? Well, first its bone chilling cold outside with the rain. But, also, there is a coldness in the hearts of people that are outside.
Maybe you’ve seen the cold snap affecting the south recently. There are thousands upon thousands of people out there without power, with temperatures in the teens. People are laughing at the troubles people in Texas are enduring, because they are viewed as people of a different political disposition. Horrible, I’ve prayed each day for people dealing with this and those laughing.
Also, a guy named Rush Limbaugh died yesterday. And there are people all over the Twittershere and in Faceland celebrating that this guy, who was very popular, suffered from cancer and died. I’ve been praying today the Limbaugh family and for all the people jumping for joy that he died.
Man, its cold out there.
Right now, there is an intensity between people. Whether talking about politics, religion, covid, best candy bar, whatever. Why? Well, I think there are a lot of reasons. I’m really concerned that we cannot have a conversation, disagreement, argument, anything. It’s almost like we hate anyone that is different than us. It’s harder to bring civility back to our public conversations if don’t listen to differing opinions for comparison.
Why are we so cold hearted? Easy answer? Sin. The sin of arrogance, the sin or fearfulness, maybe even a distrust in God and His Word. But how we get out of this is just as important as why we have become like this.
How do we get out this? Humility and sacrifice. Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
As a Christian, I am expected, by God Himself, to humbly sacrifice my pride, my sense of importance, all of it to reach and connect with others. To the social justice warrior, I will seem to be a BLM supporter. To the atheist I appear as an apologist of atheism.
I am not an atheist and nor am I a social Gospel apologist. I have a job, I am to make disciples for the Master So, if that means my community is confused, disagrees or becomes angry with my lack of spiritual condemnation for the unbeliever, that’s what has to happen.
Why? I need to hear them and, hopefully, help them away from worldly mindsets and draw close to God and His plans. Hoping my sacrifice will create an ability to develop a friendly relationship with plenty of “back and forth” so I can share the joy of the Gospel message.
How much are we to sacrifice? How far is too far? Sorry, there isn’t a gauge that applies to all people. Each of us must pray and allow God to teach us that individually. So, get to work, study the Bible well and get out there. Help the weak become strong in salvation through the love of Jesus. That’s our job, be creative. Be a disciple maker.