May I confess something to you? Like actually can we sit down and have a heart to heart? In doing so, I ask that you come to this conversation willing to listen (even if we have different opinions) and be open to what the Holy Spirit may be trying to communicate with you.
So here it is — I am tired of hearing the negativity surrounding this year of 2020. I am tired of everything I see on Instagram or Facebook being somehow related to why 2020 is a crappy year or why 2020 is cancelled. I have seen so many people get dragged into the lies that the enemy is swirling up and seeping into every area of life. I am over the cancel culture.
Now, I don’t want you to think I am dismissing all our country and the world is facing. I am not at all dismissing the events of injustice, violence, and of course, COVID. However, what I am proposing is – get a new outlook and perspective FROM Jesus and NOT the media/news or a political party.
It has dawned on me that the majority of Americans allow the news, Facebook posts, etc., to dictate their thoughts, feelings, and truth. Majority of people get their information not from their own research, but from a news article or a heavily influenced / opinionated news channel or something along those lines. Yes, I understand being informed and staying up to date with what is going on in our country, cities, and the world. HOWEVER, when you start to allow that to be your source of truth and NOT THE BIBLE… that is where you may need a change in perspective and mindset (I am talking to the Christians here).
Maybe an example would help… this is one that completely woke me up, so get ready for some honesty. I, personally, had bought into the lie, however at the time it was considered “truth”, that it was okay to be in a relationship where it was normal to do all the things that you would in marriage (I hope you get the picture I’m painting here) AND simultaneously love God with all. This is a message that is flooding our culture right now – that you can be in a relationship, have sex, act like you’re married… but you really aren’t (and married in our hearts is not actually being married), and do all those things. On top of that culture says, “it’s okay because everyone else does it so it’s normal.”
Where is the truth in that? There is none. Now take it to the Bible, where God says the truth is that sex is not bad BUT GOOD, in the context of marriage. Anything outside marriage is sexually immoral (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). The truth is, how can we love God with ALL our heart, mind, soul, and body, yet simultaneously commit a sin over and over again? We can’t. It doesn’t add up. This is a very real LIE that I 100% gave into, until God opened my eyes. This is a very real LIE that has been pushed by culture as truth.
We aren’t giving God our all when we are giving ourselves to sin. The GOOD NEWS IS – Jesus stepped down from heaven to save us from this sin and to redeem us because He knew we couldn’t get out of it ourselves. Even still, with this being the truth, we have to continually – and I mean DAILY, go to war against the lies the enemy is pushing out about this topic.
The point of the example: the TRUTH is found in Jesus. Because He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The truth is NOT found in anything else the world may feed you.
As Christians, our source of truth should be the Bible – the breathing, living word of God, NOT the news or the media. In 2 Timothy 3… Paul speaks on the Bible being spirit breathed… “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
I say all of this too as a reminder for myself, because I am not perfect. None of us are… and in the world we are living in now, we have to be the ones who rise up to declare the Gospel is for EVERYONE – ALL ARE WELCOME. This is not a time to sit on the sidelines and watch the game, but to get in the game. This is not a time to become lazy in your faith, but to get in your word and be disciplined. Now, Jesus said He will build His church… that is a FACT. But don’t you want to be a part of that? Don’t you want to be a part of lifting high the name of Jesus? I know I do. So much so that I have to daily lay now my selfish desires, my sin, my flesh, and yield to the Father’s way.
So, what I want you to leave with is a question to ponder on and ask yourself daily maybe for the next week or two (AND BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF)…
Are you spending time in the word?
Are you seeking out truth from the media instead of what God says?
Do you find yourself allowing worldly views to dictate your thinking?
So. 2020 isn’t cancelled. God hasn’t cancelled anything. God hasn’t cancelled you EVEN in your sin, shame, guilt, past or current failures. God hasn’t lost control, and we can rest knowing He won’t ever lose control. If anything, there is revival going on from what I have seen and experienced. Jesus will build His church, regardless. I implore you to say yes to allowing Him to use you as a vessel to partner in building His kingdom.