I’ve noticed a tone in American politics that is in direct contradiction to The Fruit of the Spirit. Anecdotally, by people’s comments, actions and reactions, they are proving that they feel the character that God calls strength to be weakness…they prove to be impressed by and placing their faith in ‘ungodly’ behavior.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTRO. Against such there is no law.
Many who claim to be disciples of Yeshua the Messiah, are excusing and justifying leadership that is opposite of the character that God demands…
James 3:17 (NKJV)
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then PEACEABLE, GENTLE, WILLING TO YEILD, full of MERCY and good fruits, WITHOUT PARTIALITY and without hypocrisy.
Too many who claim to be in the Body of Christ are co-signing on leadership and character that is the opposite of Jesus Himself…
Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]GENTLE and LOWLY IN HEART, and you will find rest for your souls.
It’s amazing how even those who call themselves Christians are impressed by and put their confidence in, arrogance, pride, insults and threats. They view this as strength.
In a recent conversation, a man who professes to be a Christian told me…
“I wasn’t voting for a man of God, I was voting for someone strong…”
Another person told me…
“I didn’t vote for a pope or preacher. I voted for someone who would stand up to the bully left and get the job done…”
How many Christians of today would have become disappointed in Jesus because they thought He was coming to restore the glory of Israel then and there only to find out He was talking about a spiritual kingdom?
How many Christians of today would have thought Jesus was weak because He didn’t use profanity or didn’t threaten those who opposed Him?
How many Christians today would have criticized Him when He threatened their ‘national’ traditions and ‘laws’ of Moses?
How many Christians today would have abandoned Him when they had a choice between Him and Barabbas?
Just as when they had a choice between Yeshua and Barabbas, how many Christians today would VOTE FOR HIM IF HE WERE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?
Or, would they vote for someone who is Insulting, Unrepentant, Unforgiving, Unaccountable, Accusatory, Boastful, Proud, and Arrogant because they feel he or she is good for the economy or national security?
Here is another recent comment…
“ Being a patriot, standing what you think is right! President Trump has been doing that since he was elected. Seriously, when obama was president my 401k barely moved! Since President Trump has been President my 401k has gone ballistic!!! I’m amazed that you don’t see that on your end. You only see what the corrupt media tells you.”
However, the word of God tells us…
Matthew 6:24 (NKJV)
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [a]mammon.
God holds us accountable for how we ‘buy in’ to the culture disseminated from the leaders. That’s one of the reasons that Israel suffered because of kings that God considered ‘evil’ because of their arrogance and pride. (Such as Rehoboam, Jeroboam, Ahab, Omri, Athaliah, Ahaz, Manasseh, Hoshea, Zedekiah, etc.).
Jesus fed thousands of able-bodied people on more than one occasion.
Matthew 14:15-16 (NIV)
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
Mark 2:15-17 (NIV)
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
If our SAVIOR were running for President today, how many ‘Christians’ would vote for Him? Be honest with yourself…would you?