Devotional Thoughts: Identifying Disciples & Babbling Fools

This is a powerful verse and a reminder to us the the love of God in us is how others can find God. People see and know if we love God or not by the love we show others. Do you love the person who disagrees with you? God calls us to love all people, yes, Democrats and Republicans, God calls you to love and serve one another!

We are to love the Chinese, the addict, the person we disagree with. I see lots of hate, slander and mockery by those who claim to be followers of Jesus all over the internet. To the one posting things that make fun of someone else: you are not following God. God does not mock any human being and we should take notes and not participate in this sinful indulgence that discourages other believers, divides and creates more problems.

To some, sadly, politics is coming before their faith. Allegiance to a political party will not save anyone. You’ll come up short and empty handed. NO political party is Christian. There are Christians who belong to political parties. Christians who can agree to disagree while loving the one disagreed with are likely to lead someone to God. I see many thinking that posting mockery on their pages will convert someone to their political party when really this is more the work of the enemy causing division. This also smears one’s ability to represent Christ.

“The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8

My political party is of another world!! We cannot serve two masters. Who’s your master? Who are you worshipping? To whom are you showing allegiance? If it’s not to Jesus Christ, you need not refer to yourself as Christian. God loves the one you mock just as much as He loves you. You mock yourself by slandering others! None of us has it all perfectly right or together. Yes, I vote, I follow the laws of the land. I pay my taxes. I have prayed for every president regardless of political affiliation.

I am not perfect either. I lose my cool at times and say things I shouldn’t as well, and maybe I’m doing that right now… Let’s all be mindful of others. Sin hurts others, divides us and keeps people from finding Jesus. James warned us about taming the tongue. I think in 2020 he’d be telling us to tame our posting, our fingers, our clicking.

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, Or brothers and sisters; also verse these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” James 3:7-12

At the core of Christianity is the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus. God is disappointed in our behavior towards one another. We can respect one another, our fellow human beings we disagree with without sinning; we can learn from each other. Stop your asinine posting, repent, turn to God, be healed and receive a new heavenly mission. This is much greater than any political affiliation. This earth won’t ever be perfect as long as we sinners inhabit it. We should accept this and pour our energies into what we can do about the things Jesus taught us to do: love the sinner, pray for those who persecute us, reach out to the hurting, the orphan, the widow and the stranger from another land to welcome them. These are the commands of Jesus, not my personal opinion. I’ll be quiet now. Let’s be known by our love, the kind of love God has shown us, shut out the voices of the world and press on. We are at war and I assure you our enemy is not another human being. When people see me, I wonder if they know I’m a disciple… how about you?

God, give us Your love for one another. In Jesus name, Amen.

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