(I posted this a few days ago, but I was having issues with FB. So I am reposting)
When I was a kid (16), I joined the choir. We sang a song called “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love.” All I remember is the chorus, but it saddens me that today, to many Christians, our “love” only extends to other Christians, not to the world in general.
According to the Biblical definition, a “Christian” is a “follower of Christ.” Christ Himself stated in John 14:15 that “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” But in I John 2:4 and 6 it says, (4) “Whoever says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not do what He commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (6) Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” In Matthew 22: 36-39, Jesus was asked which of the Commandments was the greatest. To this He replied, “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (My bolding)
Christ did not say to love certain people, and hate others. He did not tell us to judge people by their beliefs. We, as Christians are the role models for our kids, and we are buying into Satan’s lies. I have seen more “sharing” of ugly, hurtful, cynical, spiteful, “in your face,” political posts in the last year than I would like to see in a lifetime. This is NOT what our faith is about. We are not to buy into this trash, but to see it for what it is. TRASH. It is all about dividing Christians, and all Americans. It is about getting us to hate each other, and especially to hate anyone that disagrees with us. Jesus stated, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That doesn’t mean only Christian neighbors. Wake up to Satan’s lies, Christian brothers and sisters!
This DOESN’T mean that I agree with what is going on in our country. I have some pretty passionate beliefs about our President, but I am praying for him. He needs Jesus just as much as anyone else. He is loved by Jesus, just as much as anyone else.
We need to love the sinner, hate the sin. Period. Sharing pictures of mobs of kids in a filthy room, and saying, “Another President did this, too.” is absolutely wrong. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have passionate views, either. It means that unless you know without a shadow of a doubt that what you are posting is accurate and 100% true, because you have checked it out yourself, DON’T SHARE IT!
Please be your children’s “Christ following” parent/grandparent.