10 November 2016

Grace covers the argument, once and for all

I’ve been tiptoeing through the heavy debris of mangled, 'after-math' political arguments on social media.

I recently saw an article on my feed about “How Clinton Blew it and failed” and felt the brewing convolution tip over the edge.
This stirring has begun to look more clear today. People of Unbelief as well as Belief in the boundaries of Godly conviction have a real  sickness; it’s a problem of Judgment.

Initially, you can see someone ‘Go for it’ in the public eye, and have no problem shouting hurrah! But the moment 'they don’t get where “I” thought they should, they missed the mark' and are trash thrown to the wind. They become open game for broken heresy and harassment.

Yes, I get it, the election didn’t go as many people believed it would, but for lack of better words, “CHILL” people.

Here's why: If for some reason, you can imagine the opposing party going as far as being wounded so that you can win, you know that there is Hatred in your heart. Hate is as bad as murder. Is this ok? Where have you let your heart go?


I have surveyed my heart and feelings, and still can’t distinguish all that it is capable of. We are apt to think awful things in our heart all of the time, yet God’s grace covers us when he brings us to a place of repentance and are able to say, “I’m Sorry.”
 For some reason, Politics seems to be acceptable grounds to hate someone. “I don’t hold you accountable, and you don’t hold me accountable.” We are 'just fine'.
But sometimes it's not just politics. It's anything that I believe stands for or represents me.

There are ways that I see people’s judgment coming out, and some are to pick out ONE thing a person has said, and jump on the bandwagon of 'labeling' and disgust. Where it is a picture, a lifestyle, or a phrase. It is a vicious cycle to expect that someone should be perfect, or better yet, NEVER expect them to try for it. Perfection cannot be attained in ourselves, yet we demand everyone else to be it.

This seemed to be introduced  on a wider scale by the popular arena of competitive reality shows, where we have become the King of judges. They make us feel as if we are Simon Cowell himself.

We have fallen deep into a sociological era of speaking our minds, and being appreciated for the ugly speech.

Society has applauded the ‘shock-value’ of speaking our hearts. And if our hearts are ugly, it’s okay because, “I’m just sayin’ or “I’m just keepin’ it real”. This is the bell curve that society has slanted down into. Being a C- is just fine with all, because it’s all I expect of myself.

First of all, our hearts are so very deceptive and sick. Will not anyone stand for Godliness?
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?' Jeremiah 17:9 esv

We have been given so much Grace by the one who had every right to look over us -and even judge us! He didn’t have to see us.

But he did.

And He appreciates and values us. He treasures us and showed us this, once and for all when he sent his son as a sacrifice for us. Why would God do that? Because not only does he love us, but He is love. He cannot do anything less. His character pours out over us and covers us. That's the beautiful Grace part.
Does it matter anymore for his character to be our character?

Listening to the acceptance and concession speeches- and the ‘faith’ put into these leaders,  we can recognize that at best, they are trying to glue us together with choice words, but it doesn’t mean that will Fix us.

Pride ultimately is our problem. If there is a lack of willingness or ‘good sportsmanship’, we cannot keep the composure, while the outpour of our hearts breaks out. All of this unspoken hatred comes from the sickness of putting ourselves first. We need to remember or begin to learn to have gracious conduct. Those are the people God uses.

"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine pas lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Philippians 2:13-16

We are in desperate need of looking into Jesus' sweet eyes, and see true humility that envelops us, and then He can give us the composure of a pure heart.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Give people a chance, better yet, Give Grace a chance. After all, this is better to give AND to receive.

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