The World is Crazy…How Should I Live as a Christian?
So, I’m not sure if anyone else has looked on social media and been discouraged…or if that’s just me. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there who is conflicted as to how Christians are supposed to handle ourselves right now. We want to protect our families. We want to love our neighbor as ourselves. We want to avoid conflict. We want to tell people the truth of God’s Word. We want to maintain a working and communicative relationship with those we don’t necessarily agree with on every level. How on earth can we do that when there is so much hate, anger, fear, confusion, misinformation, and outright dishonesty everywhere we look?
The prophet Micah was living in a fairly similar time as we are now, minus the instant access to “news.” God’s chosen people were living against the commands of God, and Micah had the distinct privilege of being the prophet who got to field questions and give God’s response or directives. Here, God was bringing His case against the Israelites because of their belligerent disobedience. The response from the nation of Israel? (This is the Philliphrased version)Â “What are we supposed to do to make it right? How can we make things right? What stuff can we bring to appease you?” Basically, how can we get out of this with the least amount of lifestyle change. They knew they’d messed up, they knew they needed to make it right, but they didn’t know what to do in a daily way. God’s response was simple. (Philliphrased version again) “Do what I’ve told you to do time and time again.”
We may not be offering streams of oil, rams, or our firstborn (Micah 6:7), but we do try and offer other ways to appease God. We definitely ask God what we’re supposed to do when things get crazy. We certainly ask God how we’re supposed to respond in times when the culture despises and dishonors Him. But, like the Israelites, we miss the answer that is always right in front of us, hoping that the response will be something a little easier for us to accomplish. You see, it’s natural for us to offer material things to reconcile because that often doesn’t cost us much in terms of comfort. For us to have an eternal impact on our community around us, we can’t just get away with asking God to just take all the difficulty away. His answer is clear, even in the muck:
- Do Justice (live honestly and rightly; see the greatest commandment discussion with Jesus and the Pharisee).
- Love Kindness (have mercy on those around you; forgive, even when it hurts or doesn’t make sense).
- Walk humbly with God (put yourself aside and seek His will, daily, not just in certain things). When we figure that out and actuallyÂ do it, He blesses and honors that.
Does that mean that we’re going to be able to solve the refugee crisis? No. But it does mean that we can love our neighbor like ourselves by following these commands from the Lord.
Does it mean that everyone in our family, and even church family is going to agree politically? Nope, but it does mean we can respectfully disagree and still share the love of Jesus, even if you don’t know how they can be a Christian and believe certain things politically.
Does it mean that life is going to be easier? Not even close. The apostle Paul would have some words for you in regards to that one. He walked humbly with the Lord and his life was brutal and difficult.
How can we rethink how we look at our actions? What ways can you trade despair and frustration, for hope, encouragement and compassion? Are you willing to take that step and not rest on the laurels of other preachers, pastors, or other spiritual “giants” that voice their opinions loudly for all to hear? When it all comes down to it, there’s only one person who we should look to for the example on how to live, and whom the hope of the salvation of all mankind rests.
Jesus. Only, Jesus.