We are broken.
I am broken. You are broken.
All of us are.
It’s not like it wasn’t the case before covid, but I think that covid has brought it all to the light a little more.
Everyone has lost something.
A family member, a friend, a tradition, a job, an expectation…something.
And in all of this, I think that we have seen sides of ourselves that maybe we didn’t know were there.
There is no doubt that the enemy is raging right now and will try every method possible to try and destroy people…especially people claiming the name of Christ.
I mean, when Jesus knew he was about to die, one of the last things he told his disciples was that people would know that they belonged to him by their love for EACH OTHER.
So, of course, here we are.
Christians accusing other Christians of being unloving by the way they are handling the pandemic.
Christians being unloving towards other Christians if they have a different perspective on any world view.
Christians slamming churches for their stance, slamming people for their vote, and slandering our leaders.
Don’t you see it?
Our love is what sets Christians apart.
And not just any love.
But the kind of love that Jesus showed.
Loving like a servant.
Being kind and generous.
Loving all, but not afraid to call out sin.
Loving no matter the sickness a person had.
People are broken.
And broken people are vulnerable to an enemy who knows exactly how to attack.
When to attack.
And where to attack.
Let’s all just take a step back.
Stop assuming people’s thoughts.
Stop looking at what the world is trying to tell us to do or not do.
Let’s open our Bible before we even consider looking anywhere else.
It’s a light. A sword.
It convicts, it heals, it brings hope and peace and joy.
And it keeps us humble.
Then. And only then…after we have taken the time to humble ourselves before God and see our OWN sin that sent Jesus to the cross.
Then we can start looking at other people.
With eyes like Jesus
We will see the brokenness, the pain, the needs, the hurts.
We will love, expecting nothing in return.
We will love, knowing that our love for people is ultimately showing our love for Jesus.
We will love, knowing that we are showing a hopeless, terrified and confused world exactly the kind of God we serve.
We will love with our actions not just our words, because anyone can love with their words.
We will love, because that is what Jesus commanded us to do.
And when we do that..when we love that way.
We will see people differently.
We won’t see them wearing a mask or not wearing a mask.
We won’t see them getting the vaccine or not getting the vaccine.
We won’t see them with a fist up or a fist down.
We won’t see them with a red hat or a blue hat.
We won’t look at them with eyes of judgment.
We will see the person God created.
We will see their pain, their hurt, their confusion, their humanness…and we will act differently.
Look deeper. Pray for discernment. And stay humble.
We are broken.
But we know the healer.
And that healer is the only answer to our brokenness.
Let’s show the world who we know.