Oct 28 2016

Real Solutions

I recently learned that many of the major social and political reforms throughout the world were started by believers who had become convinced that the ethics and morals of their Christian beliefs required them to take some form of action. They did so, not by stepping into the political arena or pontificating in social media spheres, but in taking real action. William Wilberforce worked tirelessly to abolish slavery and died just a few short days before the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 was passed in England. Elizabeth Fry worked equally as hard to reform the conditions of prisons in the 19th century and was the first woman to testify to a British Parliament. Florence Nightingale was another social reformer who founded modern nursing. Each of these reformers had one thing in common; they were believers in Jesus and they put His teachings to work in their own everyday lives.

When I look at the issues that face the world today and I look at the organizations doing the most work to solve these issues, they are all Christian based. I often wonder why I don’t see other faith groups feeding the poor, working to end abortion, or trying to curb human trafficking. I have often wondered why believers are so inspired to take up these causes and what I have come to realize is that it is Holy Spirit inspiring people to make a difference in the world. God is directly involved in his creation and he is working both providentially and through individuals to ensure his plan for humanity is achieved. We are living in a tumultuous season of political wrangling that is creating so much confusion within our nation. As believers, we fall into this weird category of wanting to speak our mind about the current political atmosphere but also wanting to stay on the sidelines so we don’t get caught up in all the anger and craziness. We don’t have to get involved in the craziness. The issues that all the politicians are campaigning about are issues we can solve. We can look into heaven and get God’s solutions for how to solve the national debt, how to fix the healthcare crises, and how to solve any other dilemma, big or small.

It’s no easy task for us by ourselves, but with Holy Spirit, all things are possible. Now let’s get to work.

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Oct 8 2016

A season for loving

I woke up from a nap yesterday to the sound of worship music and I thought that I must have left something playing on my computer in the other room. I checked a few minutes later and found that there wasn’t any kind of music being played in the house and yet, I very clearly heard the Tim Hughes song, Here I am to Worship, playing in my ear. So the only logical explanation was that I was hearing it come from somewhere else, most likely the spirit realm. Then, as I sat down to write, I kept hearing the opening lyrics to Time of the Season from the 60’s play in my head. I’m not a 60’s child, I missed that era by at least a decade, and I don’t think every line from this song was written with righteous intentions, but this one, “it’s the time of the season for loving” jumped out at me. There are pockets of turmoil happening around the world and in our own country, and it’s easy to get swept up in the anger and frustration of all that is happening but I feel like God is calling us to a deeper place of worshiping him and a focused approach to loving others. It’s a season of loving him and loving those that he created; a season for loving. It’s time to toss out all agenda, tear down walls of separation, and truly begin to walk out the command of Jesus to love our neighbor as ourselves. I also feel like there’s another aspect to this and that the Lord is saying he wants us to have a greater realization of his love for us because, when we learn to live inside of his love, loving others becomes incredibly easy. Take some extra time today to bask in God’s love and find a way to intentionally share his love with someone you would not normally spend any time with; you might be surprised how quickly a wall can come down through an action of love. Love really does conquer all.

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