What Is Murder?

Matthew 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” ESV (Red letter Jesus words.)

I know I said my next post would be on this coming Sunday, and that it would be about the book, “Why You Think The Way You Do,” but I’m making a change here. I will post on the book on Sunday.

However, I’ve been praying about the political noise which we hear and in which we participate. It is easy, for me at least, to get angry at those who so vigorously boo at God and who treat Christians as though we couldn’t possibly have a brain. It’s easy, for me again, to want to call them “fools” and “idiots” and wish we could all just have our own separate countries and governments so that we wouldn’t get on each others’ nerves.

But that’s not what The Lord wants from, or for, us. And it isn’t realistic, of course.
But I ask you to consider what God really wants from us. Think about it. God put us IN the world. Why? Well, I firmly believe that He wants us here, in part, to rescue as many as we can from the flames of hell. God loves “fools” and “idiots,” and He does not want any to perish. We are here to redeem others, this culture, and this world, for HIM.

This morning as I read Mark 5, the words above grabbed me. God lets us see The Truth, He gives us discernment, He takes away the scales from our eyes, and He wants others to have those gifts, too. We might want to bring coals on their heads, but we see that as punishing them. God sees the coals as purifying those we see as our “enemy.”

Think about it. When we look at current political things with an eye that is a little more God-centered, can we see the great love He has for the Lost? Can we see that the answer is not to want to separate from the unpleasantness…but rather to submit to The Lord’s Call to engage our culture and the people in it, to redeem and restore as many as possible before He returns.

Even if we are persecuted?

“They will know we are Christians by our love.”

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