In today’s society, we are facing fearful times, downright weird times, and wild times. You would have to go back some time to see the things we are seeing today. Pandemic has spread across the world with Covid-19, Japanese hornets now nicknamed “murder hornets” in America, and the murder of a young African American man in Georgia that has roused the conversations of racism, gun rights, self-defense, and civil law. But where do we as Christians fall on these issues, and how much should we be focusing on the happenings of our day? With that, I would like to give you a few observations on why we, as Christians, need to quiet down our social media and conversation on these subjects and pipe up about more important ones!
- We aren’t citizens here anymore.
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” Philippians 3:20
- I was recently asked about my family in North Carolina and the lockdown there because of the coronavirus. My response was honest and candid, “I don’t really know whats going on there. I have not lived there in almost ten years.” I can’t speak to what’s going on in NC because my citizenship isn’t there any longer. To the same token, I can’t speak really well to the issues of this world because I’m not a citizen here any longer. I’m not saying to stick your head under a rock and never watch the news again. I’m not saying you aren’t entitled to your opinion. However, I am saying that this earth doesn’t hold our citizenship, so given the rare occasion to pipe up, do it for issues that pertain to your home and not this world.
2. Because brothers and sisters in Christ amongst the local church may hold an opinion contrary to yours, it’s best to speak in areas of truth to agree rather than to cause division because of opinions
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Cor. 1:10
- So go ahead, give your opinion based on race, culture, circumstance, opinion, and upbringing and remember that this opinion is your cultural outlook, not the outlook of Heaven. Now when it is given, you may blame it on God taking scripture and spiritual values out of context and read them into your cultural view, but honestly, the events of this world are clearly that – the events of this world! They are the concern and burden of the lost. They disturb us, they sadden us, but really our opinions on them should not enrage us to the point that we feel the need to give the opinion that might cause division in the body of Christ. Honestly, we are to be speaking, thinking, and dwelling on issues that we as the church can be in harmony about. Issues such as the word of God, the worship of the Saviour, and the evangelization of the lost, but we would rather start cultural, opinionated arguments about issues that we hold opinions on as opposed to Bible truth. Maybe the worst is when we cause division and try to pull God on our side, blaming Him our opinion spewing by saying, “I felt lead to say…” when truly we can only say we are 100% lead when we can give a verse! The bottom line is this: don’t speak opinions that divide the church. Speak the truth that unites the church because this is our culture and upbringing. Remember, when we got saved, we shed the old culture and mindset and put on a new one, which is Christ. This is not to say that culture is bad and to be completely neglected but rather that it is not to be argued over or made an issue in the church. Honestly, the culture of Heaven allows us more liberty with culture than restriction. Why make an issue in an area of liberty?
3. Our chief concern is the evangelization of the lost, and this takes such a priority it gives no time and place for this world’s issues.
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Cor. 4:5
- Our message is Jesus. Our chief priority is the preaching of that message. With that in mind, we should be so passionate about world evangelism that we have no time and passion for the issues of our day. Now, I know that the issues of our day remind us to have compassion for the lost, for instance, when I hear of Covid-19 I think the sad reality of how many people died with this virus that went to Hell. When I hear of Ahmead Aubrey dying, I ask myself, “Was he saved?” and if not, then, “Why did no one get him the Gospel before it was too late?” But if I get stuck on how lockdowns should be handled or playing amateur detective about this murder, am I focusing my heart and mind on getting the Gospel to the world? The issues of today should only stem as a way for us to be reminded of our priority, not a distraction from it in the land of opinions. Have your opinion. That is ok, but be too busy about Heaven’s business to argue and speak it! Have your thoughts but have your mind so full of Christ and His word that it overflows instead of opinions of the day. Let the injustices and saddening reality of todays event drive us to action in Christ! Let it drive us to love and not argue. Arguing isn’t productive but loving action with the power of Christ and the use of the Word of God can shake this sin cursed world.
The bottom line is that we have bigger problems than the fleeting headlines of today! We have billions barreling into godless existence and torment in Hell, and we are to stand in the highway waving a lantern that is the Gospel light, telling sinners to turn back before it is eternally too late. Let us live, breathe, sleep, and bleed this message that is Christ! Let us be so busy doing our part in getting the Gospel to all the world that the issues of this world seem small in light of eternity. Let us live for Heaven! Let us put aside the opinion that divides and pick up the Gospel that unites to and in Christ! Let’s get on fire for reaching people and not for stocking the embers of selfish pride and opinion. Let us decide that the events of today are hurting real people and instead of arguing lets love those hurting people with the Gospel.