"So in Christ you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV)
Siblings can be brutal with each other. If you have brothers or sisters then you know what I mean. They fight like cats and dogs, say horrible things to each other, call each other names and occasionally pull a few punches. But, let someone outside of the family try to same thing and those same siblings stick up for each other. There is a oneness shared by family that isn't easily intruded upon.
I bring up this topic because of something I saw on social media a couple of days ago. We know of the Supreme Court decisions that have created a stir in this country and the division in opinions that is raging. I saw a meme that asked this, "Do you really love Jesus or just the republican Jesus?"
I haven't been able to get that off my mind. The reason it has stuck with me is that Jesus cannot be identified by earthly designations. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is far beyond any labels that we use with each other.
So how do we fit our relationship with Him into our mindsets and opinions? Simply put, we don't. We cannot measure Him by what is happening on earth. Rather, we must weigh what is happening here on earth by what is taught in the Word of God. Any opinion or viewpoint that we have that has not been bathed in the truth and teachings of our Savior should never leave our mouths. Only insomuch as the Holy Spirit leads can we dare offer our thoughts as aligned with Him.
We have become a nation divided, segmented into so many little groups that it is hard to know where we stand anymore. The two greatest commandments, as taught by Jesus in Luke 10:27 were to, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself."
Because of my relationship with the Lord and because of what I read in His Word, I have very firm beliefs regarding some of the discussions and uproar in this land of ours and I will be vocal and active when I feel led by the Spirit to do so. But it must be done through His love so as to not alienate anyone from Him. The goal must always be to share the Gospel. Only in doing so will others realize their need for Jesus.
Those who have been adopted into the family of God misrepresent Him when we battle with each other. Rather than allowing ourselves to be divided by the world, we need to come together as one in Christ Jesus so that He will be honored and the world might seek His will.
May your week be showered in His grace and mercy. God bless.