I feel like we are all entering a great time of change…
My own life is changing, but I think it’s something more than that, something more than just me. I think it’s something big.
I believe the time has come for the Body Of Christ to reunite and join the real war that is being waged around us. For so long we’ve used our labels as our battle cries; gay, straight, ex-gay, pro-life, pro-choice, democrat, republican, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Church of Christ, Mormon… etc. These labels have divided us, turned us against one another, and we’ve forgotten who the true enemy is, the enemy of freedom.
It’s time to put aside the labels and remember how to fight, because when Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me” it was all the battle cry we needed and the battle presses in and around us with every passing moment.
Life is the battle and each one of us, every man, woman, and child, fights for our life from the moment we take our first breath until the moment we take our last. We all struggle, we all are wounded, we all have moments of great heroism and bravery, and we all suffer moments of defeat. This battle goes on every second of our existence whether or not we acknowledge it, whether or not we see it for what it is.
Instead of battling each other, The Body of Christ should be rallying around the wounded, rescuing the captured, fighting alongside those on the front lines, but where are we? WHERE ARE WE?
We send money and missionaries into foreign countries with aid to meet the needs of the sick, the hungry, the broken. We join them in their fight to survive the battle of life without questions, without condemnation, and with the hope that they will see Christ in us and become our brothers and sisters, but are we doing this for those who fight beside us everyday?
Do we reach out to the gay community with love, with friendship, with acceptance (yes, I said ACCEPTANCE), so that they may know the one who has loved us, died for us, and accepted us exactly as we are? No. We don’t fight beside them… we reject them, we want them to clean themselves up before we love them, we refuse to trust that Jesus loving them through us is enough and that whatever needs changing He will take care of in His time.
Do we offer the homeless shelter, food, money, whatever it is they are asking for and pray that whatever their need that through our kindness that they will see the love of our Great Father and that He will bring them into His house? No. We pass them by and we give ourselves the excuse of not wanting to enable them, fearing they would spend our gift on some kind of addiction or sin.
Do we care for the wounds of the sexually broken? How about the abusers and users? Do love the scarred hearts of mothers who’ve aborted their children? Do we pray for healing for the tormented souls of those who molest, rape, and murder? No. We watch their trials on television and mock them. We point our fingers and feel better about our own sin. We post status updates about just how terrible we think their actions are.We hate them and call it righteous indignation. We do not fight beside these, we abandon them on the battle field, we leave them for dead.
In all of these things we are wrong.
Our Heavenly Father is the great Master Of Arms and He has armed us, His Chosen and said, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
It’s time for us to change, it’s time for us to remember who the real enemy is, it’s time for The Body Of Christ to fight for the ones who struggle beside us and not against them.
In the last chapter of the gospel of John, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Each time Peter answers yes, and following each yes, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs.” “Take care of my sheep.” “Feed my sheep…”
It’s so simple. If we love Him, we must take care of what is His, we must fight for those who He died to save, we must feed His sheep and take care of His lambs. This isn’t just a command for those we are comfortable with, for the people we agree with, for the ones we can relate to. We are called by His blood, it’s His banner over us and nothing, not trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword can separate us from Him and He calls us more than conquerors.
It’s time for revolution. Are you ready?