The United States Election has come and gone. As we pray for all involved and for the peaceful transition to the new government. I really must confess that I have learnt a lot while the campaigns and elections lasted.
From my standpoint, it was clear that the subject of love was never mentioned anywhere especially in the Christian faith circle. Rather so much was said about the declining moral fabric of the “Free Country”.
This post is not to take sides as I am neither Republican nor Democrat. More so I really respect every view expressed no matter where it comes from.
However, my attention was drawn to two things the church has pushed to the rear in recent times.
Firstly, the prophecies related to events in the end times (last days) comes to mind. The Bible says “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV.
The Bible says things and people in society will take a strange turn just we are witnessing. It went on to advise Christians in Verse 14 of the same scripture about that “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.”
Instead of preparing for the end times we are busy trying to solve the issues for the end times. In so doing we have seem not to “continue” in what we have learnt from Jesus.
We are saved to set aside prejudice and be the light and salt of the earth, and not the policemen of the world.
Secondly, the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10 from Verses 25 to 37 comes to mind. It’s the story of a man who was attacked by robbers while going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They injured and left him in pains where a Priest and Levite walked passed and made no attempt to help him.
We are to show compassion and love for those we encounter in our everyday activities, and be a door instead of a wall.
The Bible records that “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
The Samaritan had every reason to ignore this man. But he chose to ignore every cultural trend of his time and helped this man.
As a person I respect every view Christians and non-Christians make, However I ask you: The Levite, The Priest and The Good Samaritan: Who did Jesus commend and which are you?