Jul. 8, 2017

The Difference

God creates individuals. God is not in the cloning business. Man seems to have this unquenchable desire to see successful cloning. Carbon copies were never God’s intention.

When it comes to human beings, uniqueness is key to seeing both God’s creation flourish and God’s work accomplished. Jehovah wants His children to join hands using their individual spiritual gifts working together in unity to offer His kingdom on earth. There is nothing in the bible that would lead us to believe that God does not value individualism. God has no desire to see us look the same, act the same, or feel the same. Just as each of my three sons are very different, God's sons and daughters are different. God expects His children to rely on how He created each of us to be in order to accomplish His will for our lives.

There is a difference between being different and creating division. I believe humanity, most especially Christianity, is moving more and more into becoming disagreeable as opposed to living unified. It’s sickening and sad to see God’s children confuse spiritual strength with social stink. The concept of being in the world but not of the world is taught throughout the bible. However, His need for us to be in the world has everything to do with His ability to reach as many souls as possible. While we don’t want to water down our convictions, we need to be very leery of gearing up for hostility.

Jesus simply was not a hostile individual. If we believe we are a Christian and we claim to follow the teachings of Christ, following Christ’s example is mandatory to our beliefs. We can think differently than those around us – Jesus did. We cannot, however, reach people if we shun them and turn them away from the influence we provide when walking in His Spirit.

Our political climate is hostile; probably more hostile than it has been in years. I understand one side of the aisle claims they’ve had enough and they aren’t going to take it anymore. I completely expect secular leadership to move back and forth when it comes to perceived power because human beings are so fickle. What we treasure today, we trash tomorrow. It’s just a matter of time before the current political horizon changes and returns to the other side of the aisle.  It is a cycle that occurs over and over again. We take a stand and get mad when those we choose as leaders disappoint us.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Christianity seems to have lost its purpose. We’ve forgotten our calling. Our calling isn’t to destroy the media. Our calling isn’t to discredit those who do not think like us. Our calling is to go and tell and teach and baptize.

Our calling is to make a difference instead of taking pride in being disagreeable.