So I had a moment of irony with God about twenty seconds ago. I had my Bible open and was reading through the beginning of James when I, some way or another, got distracted by Twitter. As I scrolled through my feed, I caught a post from a friend who has recently chosen to pursue an alternate lifestyle and contort the Gospel to fitting this individual’s sin (GASP! I used the ‘S’ word to describe someone’s lifestyle choices!). Every time I see this I instantly, and I mean INSTANTLY become angry. Not just angry, but I tense up, the defenses go up, and I just wanna scream. I can’t stand it when people do this. It gets under my skin knowing that somehow culture has crept its way into Christianity and the church and has somehow convinced some in leadership that maybe, just maybe, alternate lifestyles are okay and that we aren’t being loving enough. No, this isn’t a blog about homosexuality. I’m just so fed up with reading this week after week after week. If you wanna be openly gay & deem it acceptable, fine. Do it. But don’t say you’re walking the narrow road that Jesus talked about.
Anyway. As I’m getting more and more irritated by the second, I had it in my mind that I should tweet something pointing out our general contortion of the Gospel and how unhealthy it is. So, of course, being the snarky, sharp-tongued individual I am, I had a great tweet ready to go…and then realized it wasn’t going to do any good at all, so I just deleted it. I then realized I should put the phone down and get back to reading, because clearly Twitter was doing me no good. I picked up where I left off. Where did I leave off? *chuckle*
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”
Well…crap. Of course I got a chuckle out of this, and I’m sure God had a smirk on his face as well (don’t tell me he doesn’t have a good sense of humor). I don’t really need to say much more about this. I’ll let the scripture speak for itself. If you smiled while reading this, chances are you can relate. Remember what he says: Quick to listen & slow to speak. So shut up & listen. You might learn something from someone else. Or maybe you’ll learn something about them not by what they are saying, but what they aren’t. Either way, join me in shutting up this week. :)
Pray. Seek. Do.