A Special Note to All My Christian Friends
The Apostle Paul once wrote in a letter to the church at Philippi to really be careful of what you set your mind on; Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Another way of saying the same thing is to “meditate” on these things. The counter to this statement of spiritual advice is to meditate, ponder, think, mull, and obsess over injustice, wrongs, lies, ugliness, impurity, and bad news. So how many of my fellow Christians spend way too much time meditating on the wrongs in the world as opposed to the good things that can be seen all around us? Oh, finding bad news is easy; just turn on the TV or click on Facebook or any other worldly plug-in. But, believe it or not, there is a plethora of beautiful news, awesome stories and heroes galore…you just have to search a bit under the surface.
The advice given by Paul should be considered with the utmost of sobriety, for it is true that whatever you meditate upon will manifest itself in your spirit and eventually will make its way out of your mouth. “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Proverbs 4:23, Matthew 12:34, Luke 6:45) Think before you post negative things about the president, the government, the injustice in the world, and your disagreements over how the world is running its race. How can we be a force for change if we are accusing the world of being the world?! This is no surprise to me and it shouldn’t be a surprise to you; the Bible clearly tells of the decay of the world and its systems…why meditate and fuss over it? Do you think that will make things change?
The only thing that changes people, I mean truly changes people, is the message of love. Ponder, meditate, and think on the goodness of God, the beauty in nature, the love shown by heroes and parents, and all that we are advised to meditate upon. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem! So let us make a commitment to sharing good news and stop all of the negative posting on social media and blogs. Sure, there is a time and a place for everything, but my goodness the world is starving for the message of hope, Christians are starving for the message of faith, and I am starving for the reinforced message of love!
I love you all and don’t want to sound preachy, but I think I have had enough of all the negativity. I think God expects more of us! We are to be the light of the world, and that light shines brightest as we share THE GOOD NEWS…not re-hash the bad news. Don’t be offended…just take Paul’s advice…he only spoke what the Spirit breathed into him. Let’s let the Spirit breathe into us the message of hope, love, and faith.
Share this message with your fellow Christians and maybe we can really begin to see change…
For His Glory,