Loving (when it’s hard to do)

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If you read our latest communique, “The Bridge to 2021,” you are aware that we had to let everyone across that bridge from 2020 into the New Year. Nothing we could do about it. Sorry about that. We had no choice. Hell’s Angels, junkies, all the convicts in jail, and who knows how many North Korean spies — just everyone, no exceptions whatsoever.

Darn. Just imagine if we could have left all the Democrats or all the Republicans back in 2020, (depending on your own political bent). Actually, maybe that would be a good thing to do. Think about who you would have like to have left behind in 2020 and then realize, those are the very people you need to learn to love. That’s right, LOVE. Not just tolerate. We think tolerating certain people should be enough, but that’s not enough for the Lord. The Lord wants us to love our enemies.

What do you think it takes to love your enemies? It takes seeing their worth and value before God. It takes seeing the image of God in them. It takes imagining them as someone’s father or mother — someone’s brother or sister. It takes seeing them as someone like you who has the same desires and needs, hopes and dreams, as you have. And it ultimately means seeing them as someone loved by God for whom Jesus died.

So I’m thinking right now of someone — actually a few someones — who are of the opposite political persuasion as myself (not hard to do these days) and I’m thinking of how I can focus on their inconsistencies and think of myself as more righteous and reasonable as they are. I can also be offended by the political propaganda they feed me to show me they are right, and to try to get me to think like they do.

So what do I do? Take an end run around politics and love these people for who they are. Why does God love this person? What does He see? Find out what I can affirm in this person. Love them in the love of the Lord. And finally, look up to them. See them as more important than myself, because they are.

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5 Responses to Loving (when it’s hard to do)

  1. Billy Isidoro says:

    Good word…🙂

  2. Andrew says:

    Good Morning America!

    There is a new-old movement in town. Are you ready? It looks like a democrat-controlled congress and that means a sharp-left turn for America. The next few years will be transformational. And the country you live in will become unrecognizable. If you are a conservative you will be treated with extreme prejudice. And forget about your pocketbook because that will belong to the government to be redistributed according to their proclivities.

    So here we are in a position that none of us could have imagined just a short time ago. The thing our country’s founders feared. I hope you are ready for it. Freedom especially “Religious Freedom” and churches will be shut down. The new-world order will demand it. You will be expected (need) to become a globalist, go along to get along. As a result, I predict an underground church will emerge and develop and that means “no pretenders allowed”. So will we see a revival? It seems the church flourishes the most when it is persecuted and it appears persecution is coming.

    The apostle Paul asked God to remove his thorn in the flesh but God said
    His grace is sufficient. We may not like what is happening because it’s uncomfortable but His grace is still sufficient for us. And I believe we are set up for a revival that has been long in the making. Trust the Lord therefore, and do not lean unto your own understanding because He has your back. Long term, the Lord will have His way and He has your best interests at heart. So don’t worry, your faith will be rewarded. He is still on the throne and He works everything out for the good of those who are His!

    Andrew🔥

    May His grace and mercy continue to be your guide. ✝️

    Isaiah 41:10 NIV
    10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    Disclaimer: Of course, nothing is written in stone but barring a miracle …

    • It is interesting that you add a disclaimer to the “truths” you so passionately and rabidly promulgate.

      Do you or do you not, Andrew, proclaim to speak for the Lord?
      If you’re His true spokesman then you have no doubts about your proclamations and, therefore, no need for disclaimers.
      If you’re only parroting the “prophecies” of other political doomsayers then a disclaimer is understandable as you yourself are not convinced or convicted that all you portend will come to pass.
      (What is one supposed to do with false prophets?)

      You cannot straddle the fence in these areas, my friend.
      You either expose yourself as a tool of the foolish political establishment, or you reveal yourself to be an ambassador of the wise King.

      There is no “disclaimer”, no playing the odds, no hedging your bets.
      There is no Jesus is rooting for the Republicans, or Democrats, or Independents, or even American democracy itself.
      Religious platitudes combined with political zealotry usually results in arrogant presumptuousness.

      You’re correct in using the quote from Isaiah: “Do not fear…”
      But political tirades are intended to stir up panic and win over weak-minded or immature souls to their self-righteous causes; they certainly do nothing to promote love or compassion or acceptance in any manner unless, of course, it is for their political agenda.

      Either you’re with Jesus or against Him.
      Either you trust Him in these (and future) times or you don’t.
      Either you believe He has everything in His hands or you’re fooling yourself.

      There really is no need to fear.
      Someone once wisely said, “It is better to trust in the big “G” (God) than the little “g” (government).”

      Shalom, Peace…

    • jwfisch says:

      The politically-charged comments in the first two paragraphs of this post almost led me to remove it because we try to avoid politically motivated arguments especially when they are so polarized. However the call to revival and the reminder of God’s control are right on so we’ll see how this goes. This is a time for Christians to be gracious, not incendiary.

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