For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33
I chose today’s words, not because they came from the mouth of a “politician” recently. Not because they are the title of a TV show [which I don’t think I ever watched] but because I keep thinking that it feels like the whole world is in chaos.
We have lawlessness.
We have disorder.
And yet, when I look at my everyday life here in the suburbs, things are pretty peaceful, other than the SOS calls I get for prayer on occasion, or the ambulance or police car with their lights and sirens flashing while I’m out. None of those things are new.
So I study the dichotomy of a world in chaos according to the media I see and hear . . . there is a “reality out there” with the wars and the storms, the shooting and the looting.
And then there’s my regular, everyday life of waking, and sleeping and everything in between . . .
But I am FEELING the chaos, and realizing much of the disturbance in my soul is due to my eyes taking in the media reports and the social media world.
I read a post on Twitter today by a Christian leader about a presidential candidate [just pick one!] and then glanced through some of the comments in reply to him.
My spirit became extremely disturbed.
It seems no matter which side people are on [note: I’m talking “Christian” people here]. . . and that is a sorrowful, yet telling statement . . . there is a venomous finger-pointing, labeling of “the other side” as evil and ignorant and all kinds of other condemning words.
I tried to shed the knot in my gut, ruminating on what I’d seen. And my deduction: “Dear Jesus, help us to get quiet, get in our prayer closets, get with our real-life people and pray, study scripture and then, THEN when we go out, always and only speak life – unless God directs a prophet to “warn” someone in authority, specifically. And personally.”
I’ve been reading through the Old Testament Prophets. It’s like looking at a window to America. Have you seen that?
As I read, I observe that the prophets God called were sent to LEADERS, to the law-makers, and the law-enforcers – to the Kings and Shepherds and to those in authority.
This is God’s ORDER. It’s why He has given LAWs and established ORDER. So we would have a peaceful way. [See James 3:15; 16; 17; 18]
As far as I can recall, He never called His people – laymen or leaders – to spew out their opinions – or even His word – wherever there was a “microphone” . . . He never called leaders to “call out” His people publicly, whether individually or en masse.
He warns us, “Don’t cast your pearls before swine or they will turn and trample you.” Matthew 7:6
He exhorts us to use wisdom and discretion: The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. Proverbs 16:21
He sent Jonah to the leaders of Ninevah. He sent Esther to the King. He sent Joseph to Pharaoh. He sent Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Amos, Ezekiel . . . all were sent to speak the word of the Lord to leaders.
The applause for the Christian Tweeter’s words were sickeningly prideful, and most of the words against him were equally sickening; hostile.
His tweets are not helping bring peace and reconciliation. According to scripture, he and others on self-proclaimed platforms have . . . become fools.
Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king. Ecclesiastes 9:17
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. Proverbs 12:23
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back. Proverbs 29:11
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. Proverbs 10:19
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. Proverbs 15:2
Processing this through the lens of God’s word is giving me an incredible amount of peace and understanding. Perhaps if enough people see the benefits of pulling back from those conversations, we will be able to put out the flames of the increasing hostility-fire.
Dear Jesus, help us. Amen