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Blowing in the Wind

James 1:6 – …the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind

There is a LOT going on lately in Christendom.

If you are a “good” Christian, then you stand with other “good” Christians against Starbucks, with Donald Trump, with the NRA, with One Million Moms, with the Republicans, and against other Christian groups that don’t believe what you believe, therefore also known as the “bad” Christians.

But let me explain something, Christian…

You are an idiot.

Satan is pretty darn sneaky and I am willing to bet that it is Satan who is getting you all riled up with all of these things that have absolutely NO eternal consequence. It is easy to think that saying “Happy Holidays” will send you to hell, but guess what…

It doesn’t.

Have a happy holiday! Feliz navidad! And you might even hear me say to my Muslim friends, “As-Salam-u-Alaikum” (Peace be unto you). I might even spin a Dreidel or two.

There is not one instance in the Bible where the Christian population expects the non-Christian population to behave as the Christian population behaves.

Not one.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Yet we not only expect it, but we get all bent out of shape if it doesn’t happen, thus making us a heck of a lot more like the world than like Christ.

What does James say? The one who doubts will be like the waves of the sea, tossed by the wind. Do you doubt that God is in control? When we doubt God’s control in a situation, we do everything in our power to take control. That means we get on Facebook and tell Starbucks that all Christians are going to boycott them. That means that we get on Twitter and tell @BarakObama that he is really a Muslim and that it is evil to allow a Muslim to have leadership in a “Christian” country.

*Side Note*

Do you realize that one of the reasons that Islam still exists today is because a Christian king took in the fleeing Muslims and gave them sanctuary against their Jewish hunters (kind of reminiscent of the Jews fleeing Pharaoh across the Red Sea).

But I digress.

Now I am not saying that we shouldn’t voice our beliefs. But we should NEVER take to the public square with our beliefs just to win an argument. Our focus and our goal should always and only be to share Christ. Never to win. Remember, the first will be the last and the last will be first.

Here is where we can take a major lesson from those in the missionary field.

When a missionary enters a new environment, they very rarely go in with Bibles blazing spewing verses from their mouths. Missionaries typically go in and learn the culture before they counteract the culture. They immerse themselves in the culture. Only after time will the culture allow them to speak about Jesus

We need to be approachable. We need to be available. We need to be there for people.

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit

FOR people.

Not against them.

God has NEVER been against people, even the ones who nailed Him to a cross. Why should we be against people who make a plain red cup?

So Christian, please, for the sake of everything eternal with the hopes of bringing more and more people to know Christ, please stop being an idiot.

Shut your mouths and listen to God more than you listen to your Facebook stream, the media, or even the “Christian” next door.

Proverbs 17:27-28 – The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

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