When I hear about the horrors filling this world, my heart is tempted to turn away.
Not because I don’t care, but because it hurts too much to see the suffering of humankind – to see what evil can do and how sin so easily destroys. I hate it.
But I don’t hate it as much as God.
The Spirit of God grieves any time an injustice occurs. He weeps when those who are made in the Creator’s image are taken, stolen or killed. God hates when people fall prey to the lies of the enemy – when discrimination is overlooked and suffering is ignored – when compassion is traded for comfort and the needs of the destitute are discarded. It breaks the heart of God.
God hates when people fall prey to the lies of enemy – when discrimination is overlooked and suffering is ignored – when compassion is traded for comfort and the needs of the destitute are discarded. It breaks the heart of God.Tweet
But regardless of people’s decisions, God will never leave us or forsake us. Others may choose to turn their gaze away, but God’s stare is fixed on the tears of the hurting – on the broken hearts of those He’s made. God hates this more than we do. More than you and me.
When He chose to send His only Son to die on the Cross, He did it because His love for humanity was stronger than the grip of their sins. He did it in order to make a road back to redemption and offer the promise of relationships restored. He did it because our Creator cares. And every single life matters to Him.
Black and white.
Male and female.
Rich and poor.
Slave and free.
Sick and well.
Similar and different.
Together and alone.
Adopted and orphaned.
Mother and child.
Aged and unborn.
Left and Right.
Lost and found.
We all matter to our gracious God.
Therefore, Dear Church, let’s stop living divided. Let’s choose to unite when we see injustice and usher in freedom when others can’t find it. Let’s join as one and fight for what is Biblical and right. God’s Word makes it clear… straight out of the Savior’s mouth: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NLT)
When we love others, we love ourselves. When one part of the Body suffers, we all suffer. We can’t proclaim to love God but then deny others the rights and dignity He bestows on us. We have to take care of our neighbors and stand up for them when harsh realities tear them down.
We are inherently connected. We are all image bearers of the Most High, working together to bring about His power and good purpose. We can’t turn away when people are mistreated, friends. We must face tragedy, suffering and injustice head on and heart open.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. We can’t stand on our varying opinions or shifting political stances. We can’t stand on our feelings or the wise words of leaders. The only foundation sturdy enough for ALL of us to stand on is the truth of the gospel and the new life it brings. Because this is what Calvary declares…
Christ died for the world.
He offers salvation for all who believe.
No one is His favorite, but because of Him, we are all worthy of receiving His favor. We are all equally loved and valued in God’s sight.
We can’t change the actions of others, but we can do what’s right. We can choose to be loyal to Jesus and follow in His healing ways. We can choose to bring God’s light into darkness and ask for empowerment to be brave. We can take a gospel stand. We can say ENOUGH. We can start now.
It’s time to move some mountains, Dear Church. It’s time to show the world what the heart of our reconciling God really looks like.
Good, pure and just – beating boldly for us all.
*** If you want to support some amazing Christian organizations that are fighting against injustice, reconciling relationships and helping those in need, here is a quick list of some of my favorite’s. 🙂
- Be the Bridge – https://bethebridge.com
- International Justice Mission – https://www.ijm.org
- World Vision – https://www.worldvision.org
- Compassion International – https://www.compassion.com
- CBE International (Christians for Biblical Equality) – https://www.cbeinternational.org
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