1 John 4:17-21
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Are you saying I cannot just proclaim my love for God and that be my identification as being a “Christian”? No you cannot.
This past week has been a revealing week spotlighting the heart of man. Not only as a country, race, culture, religion but most importantly, individually. Where have you stood in regards to the many events that have taken place? The horrific and demonic killing of the American journalist by ISIS, the aftermath of the killing of the unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri that has grasped the attention of not only the United States (that is becoming an oxymoron) but also the world. What of the crisis in Iraq concerning thousands being murdered not only Christians but also Muslims by terroristic bullies who sole purpose is to be feared, and in control? Where are you, where do YOU stand as an individual? It does not matter the country, the race, the culture, the religious belief or non-belief… where are you?
For instance concerning the event in Ferguson Missouri, it was stated that it is a “They” problem, meaning black people. That how they are raised and taught. It was stated “it’s their culture, it is what we should expect from “them. It is how they think. I wrote in response that I submit it is not a black or white (and throw in every other race and culture), thing. It is the heart of man. I have never been to Ferguson and I do not know anyone in Ferguson, so I do not know what “they” think. The truth is it is not a “they” problem. It is a “we” problem. If we look at ourselves as separate, superior and more “Godly” (whatever God you are worshipping or not worshipping) then we are disconnected. So what part of the we conversation are we? Are we the “we” that does the looting? Are we the “we” part that guards the stores and homes and confront the “we” looters”? Are we the “We” that hear of these crimes perpetrated upon our businesses and neighbors and without being solicited go and help clean up the mess and board up windows? All 3 of the “We” were demonstrated in Ferguson this week. Are we the “we” that will put political parties motivated by division based upon classism, racism, and greed aside and stand united against the spirit of murder, rape, torture and extortion? I live in America but I am neither “conservative” nor “liberal”. Forget that nonsense. I AM A BELIEVER!!! Deal with that Democrats and Republicans. Our (citizens of this world) skin color might vary but our spiritual opposition is the same. Prejudice, division, hate and the spirit of antichrist.
So 1 John 4:17-21 basically says stop with the bravado, the grandiose idea you have of yourself. All of you religious radio and television personalities that act as if you care about the cause of Kingdom while you really care about the size of your bank account… I declare you shall receive your just reward. IF YOU DO NOT LOVE those you do see, the people of different races, cultures, creeds, religions, sexual orientation, financial class, colors, ages, etc. How can you love God whom you have NEVER seen? In fact through John the apostle that Jesus loved, God, not me but God, calls you a liar!! Accept their choices no, but love them through their choices. Of all of the HUNDREDS of churches of all denominations that proclaim the name of Christ in the St. Louis area, why did they not join together (black, white, yellow and brown) and have a worship service in the streets by the THOUSANDS and pray that the His Spirit would so saturate the place that the looters would have bent their knees in humble submission, police would have laid down their shields and refused to bring harm bending their knees in humble submission. That news people, CNN, FOX, ABC, MSNBC, CBS, BBC and others would not have sought out the chaos but would have bent their knees in humble submission. That the cities across the nation and yes even the world would have seen such a manifestation of Christ that their knees would be bent in humble submission. That the cry of you can kill indiscriminately ISIS but at the name of Jesus, every knee WILL BOW and every tongue SHALL confess that He is Lord. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” In your nation, your city are you showing love, not yours but His love or are you just talking? Have you positively effected just one person this month by being Christ to them? Or is it a “they” problem. In response to my comment noted previously, silence. I wonder if people this weekend, in our mosques, synagogues and churches heard a message of loving and coming together as passengers on this ship we call earth and joining together to rid this atmosphere of hate?
I finish with this. A coworker during a lunch break asked me are we living in the end times, spoken of in the Bible. I responded affirmatively. The signs are all to clear and the stage has been and is being set for the return of Christ. In America we are concerned about racism, but it is a diversion, a smoke screen. The real culprit that will catch you by surprise is classism. This will supersede race, religious beliefs and political ideas. But that is another topic.