It’s been a while since my family has had the influence of television in our home. Even though the bombardment of bad news isn’t the reason my husband and I decided against TV, I’m increasingly thankful that we made the cut.
I’m sickened by more bad news of continued violence this weekend. I’m just so tired of it. Unfortunately we are at the point of bracing ourselves for the next tragedy. We know will likely have more bad news soon.
Isn’t that a hopeless statement?
It’s tempting to feel hopeless. But there is hope. And God has made His people the delivery trucks for that hope. We need to fuel up and bring it! But first we need to clear up some lies that are clouding our vision and preventing us from feeling hopeful.
Lie: Unity isn’t possible. People are too different.
Truth: Although some great differences may divide us, God unites us as we each become more focused on loving God and loving others.
“I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:23
Lie: There will always be division because of our personal histories.
Truth: God loves variety. That’s why He created it. A diverse variety of personal histories led up to a common history changing event: the birth of Christ. Division and diversity ended in a common hope. Check out the personal histories of the lineage of Christ sometime.
Lie: There’s nothing we can do to change the world. The Bible predicts that things will get worse and worse until the return of Christ.
Truth: What?! God doesn’t lose His power with the progression of Biblical history.
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
To believe in godliness without believing in the power of God is a grave mistake.
So I choose against these lies. I choose to believe that we can be united in God’s love, that our personal histories are an important part of God’s plan, and that the struggle to weed out the ugliness in our world is leading to a glorious grand finally where good wins – God wins.
But where do we start? This week I will be sharing my thoughts on what we need to do – what I need to do – to be a part of the solution. I’ll be using scripture to support this process because my desire is to develop a world view that more closely resembles God’s heart.
As I said in my last post, whether we agree or not, I promise to pray and ask God how He will use your perspective to change my heart. These are the thoughts that are coming out of my heart as I pray about the constant flow of bad news regarding division, hatred, and violence in our country.
If you disagree, tell me. We grow in unity as we share our unique perspectives. I’m finding the more I grow, the more I realize I need to grow. So please leave feedback in the comments as you feel led. Or if you rather send feedback privately, you can email me by clicking on my Contact Page.