I, like many others, am utterly horrified at the cruel, brutal death of George Floyd.
Many took to social media this week to show their support in the black lives matter campaign, it was great to see so many take part and share their hatred and resentment towards racism and injustice. However, I couldn’t help but wonder how many actual racists would have been prompted to change their mindset because of this campaign?
How many abusers stop beating their victims because there was a domestic abuse poster at the bus stop?
What drug lord stops making money because they hear a kid dies of a drug overdoes?
What human trafficker stops and frees all their captives because there has been a programme on tv?
I personally think the figures would be pretty low.
Now tell me, how many people do you know who have come to know Jesus and had their hearts and minds completely transformed after years of drug abuse, alcohol, gambling, life crippling conditions, and broken free from mindset and thought patterns and behaviours they have had for years?
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”
Ezekiel 36:26 NLT
I know for me there are a lot of unacceptable behaviours of mine that have changed, since following Jesus and not just because some big book of rules said so, but because God transformed my heart.
The bottom line is that God transforms more lives than anything else. Yeah sure, Terri, that’s why we’re all Christian you may say!
Today I want to challenge you to share more of the love and heart of Jesus in your everyday life because I believe that love changes everything.
Please don’t hear this wrong, I’m not challenging the authenticity of your relationship with Christ, because I know, and I really do know because I struggle too, but you can still be crazy in love with God and still have some crappy morals and standards.
I’m not saying all Christians are perfect, nobody is. I know Christians that can try and still get it wrong too. Some claim to live their lives for Jesus when they simply don’t. Others use Christianity as a religious banner, while others simply claim Christianity because of a long line of ancestry and tradition.
I believe if we want to change the world we gotta show the world Jesus, and I don’t mean sharing your favourite love is patient, love is kind instagram quote, nor do I mean standing on your soapbox and squealing hell and damnation to the passers by, although I do love a wee Bible verse share. Yes, I’m sure there are still people led to Christ in the Saturday market by the guy with the megaphone.
What I actually mean by showing people Jesus, is leading by example. Stop trying to fit your triangular shaped faith into a round world.
So today my challenge is this. Let’s show the world what Jesus can really do to change lives: what old to new looks like; what freedom comes with not feeling the need to conform to the world; what peace comes from standing up for what you believe in; what courage looks like; to say No when the world begs you to say yes.
“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 NLT
- Not going with the flow because you are outnumbered.
- Not giving into temptation because everyone else does it.
- Saying no to things because you know it is not God’s will.
- Walking away from situations that lead you astray,
What difference would it make in the world if we stopped being shy about:
- Not being ashamed to share your faith;
- Stepping out in courage to ask your non-Christian friend if you can pray for them;
- Asking you church friend where they really are with their faith when they seem to be going off the path.
- Having honest, vulnerable accountability for your behaviour.
As great as it is to stand in solidarity in the face of injustice and to say that you are against it, in whatever form you decide to do that, I believe it’s not gonna change the world, or if it does, it will be a very small amount of people for a short time while the campaign is prevalent.
I really believe that if you truly want to change the world you need to show the world Christ. In fact, it is our great commission as Christ followers to show the world Christ. Not some wishy-washy, go with the flow faith, but firm, steadfast, confident faith, based on the teachings of Jesus.
I read a sign this week in the black lives matter social media campaign that said if you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
What happens if you are neutral about your FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS??
I would say … you take the side of the oppressor.
This week, ask God what in your life you can change, whether it’s big or small, to show people more of Jesus in your life?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NLT