Be in the world, but not of it

There are some days when I think I just can not take anymore of the nonsense going on around us. Then I remember that I am a child of the King and I straighten my crown and keep on trucking forward.
If you are a Christian, you have to remember that you are a child of God and God doesn’t like ugly. It’s no wonder we have church after church with 10 or less people in attendance each week.
Those of us who call ourselves Christians have turned off a lot of people because we don’t look or act any different from the rest of the world. And some of those churches were started because someone didn’t like the color of carpet chosen, or they didn’t like the fact that so-and-so was given a specific duty in the church. Those are just examples of course, but that’s how senseless things have become in today’s world.
Social media has become a place to air dirty laundry and carry on arguments, even between family members. It also has become more a place for everyone to sell whatever they are selling. We need to get off social media and spend more one-on-one time with each other.
I see people posting that we shouldn’t be judging each other. Really, we shouldn’t but the Bible does say Christians can rebuke another in a spirit of gentleness, who is going the wrong way and needs correction. That’s not what many do though. They berate them, without even looking in the mirror and seeing their own wrong deeds.
Christians have taken to bashing politicians to an extreme. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be involved in politics because we need Godly leaders. We can still have an opinion but sometimes we should keep it to ourselves. In discussion with others about politics, we shouldn’t get angry if they don’t see things our way and vice versa. If only that was the way it was, but it’s not. People go off the deep end when people don’t agree with their political opinions. They bring up every thing that they didn’t like from the past of the person. Doesn’t matter if the person has changed since then or not to most of these people.
Instead of bashing them constantly and getting into arguments, we should be praying for them regularly. And what about forgiveness. God loves us unconditionally and He forgives when we ask Him.
Whether or not you like the President and/or his policies, he is the president and thus deserves respect. Things he did before he became a Christian, God has forgiven him for if he asked forgiveness, so we should as well. President Trump has been prayed for and prayer is a regular occurrence in the White House. That is something we should be glad about.
God is in control and He knows what He’s doing. He has a plan that will go just as He wishes and He wanted Trump to be president for a reason. Perhaps it’s our last chance to try and get things right and to not only make America great again but to put God back into His rightful place. In case you haven’t read the back of the Bible, Christ wins and every knee will bough to Him. So, all the nonsense about what’s going on around us shouldn’t have us shaking in our boots.
Christians should be encouraging each other and helping out when we can and have the chance. We should be showing compassion, giving a pat on the back and a hand up when we can. We should be doing all the good that we can, not to gain any favor but because it’s the right thing to do.
If you want people to know you are a Christian, then your actions should reflect Christ’s. People should be treated with respect, whether you like them or not. And whether you like them or not, you should love them. Stop acting as if you are defeated daily. Quit complaining about every little thing not going your way. People are always watching and if you call yourself a Christian, you are representing Christ and should act like it.
Overlook people’s faults. If you don’t know how a Christian should act, then you need to read your Bible and see what Jesus did and how He treated people. He put His words into action — He practiced what He preached and people knew there was something different about Him. That’s not the case in a lot of instances today.
Christ didn’t come to condemn sinners and we shouldn’t either. He showed them compassion and love. We should follow His example.
Just going to church, does not make you a Christian or show people you are a Christian. The Bible says we should make every effort to live in peace with each other. Peace comes from knowing without a shadow of a doubt, that God’s teachings are true and certain and we have hope in life eternal. This should show on the outside. We shouldn’t let people, satan or anything else steal our joy.
Christians are also to be humble. Posting a selfie every few hours certainly is not humility. To me, it actually seems like insanity. Start treating people like you want to be treated. Reach out in friendship and love. Pray for everyone you know and meet. Reflect the light of Christ and that light will come back to you in ways you never imagined. Stop being like the rest of the world.

VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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About vsimmons54

Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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