My Facebook feed, and a lot of temptation, brings us today’s word-of-the-week…
He didn’t show up to give you and me the trump card in an argument. He didn’t give His life so I could make someone feel guilty for what I perceive as a lack of generosity. He didn’t offer His stories, or His life, as weapons to be deployed in a cultural war of words.
In case you haven’t noticed, the tactic of hitting people over the head with Jesus doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because only the Holy Spirit change a heart.
Violence, physical or emotional, in the name of peace is irrational.
I can be as sarcastic as anyone, and I’ll admit to having a bit of fun with some of the late-night comedy and the Facebook memes. I want to say it’s just a joke, but perhaps I’m really trying to look a bit superior. Maybe I’m only assigning myself to a slightly better class of sinner than those people.
I seem to recall something about getting the 2×4 out of my own eye before I correct another’s vision.
Jesus doesn’t want another culture war of words. He doesn’t want any war at all. Remember that “Prince of Peace” thing?
So I ask His forgiveness, and yours as well, if I’ve used Him as a weapon.
It’s Monday. Might be a good day to get on with the work in front of us.
Have a great week!