The one who carries the name since birth or since the day you gave your life to Jesus.
Forgive me if this letter brings you an unpleasant taste into your mouth or if it slightly jostles your presently comfortable life.
Forgive me if, after reading this letter, you find that the few minutes you took out of your life to read this are a waste of your precious time.
Ultimately you, only you, can be a judge of whether any of what I am about to spill out on this page applies to you or not.
If it does not apply, then you should not have any problem moving on to reading another news story on American politics – a hot topic these days, I hear – another YouTube video, another Facebook rant, another whatever it is you are reading…
It is SO hard sometimes to keep my eyes on Jesus…
It has been especially hard these last few days. No. The last few weeks. More precisely, the last few months…
Honestly, I even contemplated selling everything and moving “off the grid,” as far away as possible from all the confusion that inevitably sets in as a by-product of being connected to thousands of people through social media.
Please, don’t get me wrong. I do believe social media can be a wisely used platform for spreading the Gospel. Without Facebook sharing, Christian blogs would never see the light of day.
However, social media can also be a vacuum that sucks you into a spinning vortex from which you cannot escape.
For this reason, I have taken a few sabbaticals from social media before.
Oh, how I wish I had taken a long sabbatical just prior to the November 8 presidential election!
Two words: Ugly and Confusion.
Political rants, mocking, bashing, swearing, bullying, name-calling, belittling, etc. – all of these done by those who call themselves Christians. Even those who profess to be “born-again” Christians…
If I am grieving over how the professing body of Christ represents Jesus and his teachings, I can only imagine what He is feeling.
Oh, and let’s not forget what the Devil is doing at the moment, without a doubt, grinning from pure satisfaction like the grinch who stole Christmas.
May I remind you, my dear Christian, that EVERYTHING you say, EVERYTHING you do is under the microscope of the unbelievers?
And if you truly profess to be a born-again Christian, being led by the Holy Spirit, “dead to self and alive to Christ,” what are you doing if not bringing shame to God’s name? (Romans 8:5-17)
“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:5-12)
“Wormwood and Screwtape have really done a number on you,” as my husband likes to say in reference to C. S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters.”
So, how can we be a light to the unbelieving world, even as we use social media outlets to share our thoughts and feelings about the world around us?
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:13-18).
I could have written a post titled “(insert a number) Practical Ways We Can Shine Jesus On Social Media.”
But hey, I’ve got nothing on the wisdom that comes from God, written in His Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
And it is pretty clear to me.
What I mean is that God’s Word makes it all clear: those Christians who participate in mocking, name-calling, belittling, cursing, etc., harbor bitterness and selfish ambition. All of their “wisdom” is “earthly, unspiritual, demonic.”
So, I call you, my dear Christian, to be a peacemaker.
I pray that you and I would have “pure wisdom” that comes from heaven.
I pray that we would be “peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Then, only then, we shall “reap a harvest of righteousness!”
Anyone with me?
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