We must ask God for clarity of our thoughts to free minds from focusing on secular activities, people and situations that are inconsequential on our spiritual journey. We must not give Satan the best of us. – Tangie T. Woods
Disclaimer: this is not a political blog. I am sharing a recent experience that transpired while William, and I, were in the grocery store, when a persistent and passionate stranger got my attention to discuss upcoming presidential election.
The stranger was very talkative, and I was thinking, if only Jesus could get half the attention, and such public passion, about His sacrifice on the Cross which afforded everyone an opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven; an innocent man’s life for mine, there is no greater love than His. When people ask about my political affiliation, my response is I am a Christian who vote without outside influences and do not discuss politics with strangers.
The Word of God, and my obedience to His commandments, not broken promises of mankind, will get me from earth to glory. I do not put my faith, belief, and livelihood in the hands of politicians. God clearly told us not to trust humans, but we ignore Him, and suffer the consequences of our decisions. (Psalm 118:8-9, Psalm 146:3-6;) Isaiah 2:22 tells us to stop trusting in mere humans who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Even as a federal government employee, I must abide by the government’s Rules of Behavior, General Principles, Code of Integrity; and the Hatch Act which governs federal employees’ behavior during election periods. My actions of unbecoming a federal employee could cost me to be terminated and face other penalties. However, it is worse unbecoming a Christian, dying in an unrighteous state, and losing the salvation of my soul.
Instead of satiating my mind, and feeding my soul unfulfilled promises of mankind, I remain wise to hold true to the Word of God? As a soldier of Christ, I do not wish to get entangled in civil affairs but rather try pleasing the Lord, my commanding officer (II Timothy 2:4). I believe converted Christians should get more involved in politics, in a manner that is pleasing to God; otherwise, we suffer under laws made by ungodly and self-serving politicians.
Sometimes, my emotions want to get the best of me; however, I, alone, am responsible for my public and private behavior. It takes only one word to start a heated argument, or debate, but I am thankful to the Holy Spirit for taking my mind back to the Cross before my emotions control my words, and I repent of all unholy thoughts.
I put forth efforts to always be mindful, and alert, of evil spirits, and their objectives, to cause division through heated and foolish debates, quarrels, controversies, strife, and dissensions perhaps ending in anger, and harsh words, putting me in the position of unbecoming a follower of Jesus. It would have been pointless to even try engaging in a calm conversation with this stranger. Why? The passion for his preferred candidate dominated his emotions and he was not pleased with me remaining neutral.
Perhaps, he was an angel in disguise to see if I pass the test of holding true to my spiritual virtues. Praise God! I passed if it was an angel, or not.
I am still working on not pointing fingers at others because the Lord points His finger at me when I am wrong; for every man sin and come short of His glory. Again, I received encouragement from Sister Copeland’s daily devotion titled Let Go, Let God. It states “I am lifted in Spirit, guide, and loved. I may become frustrated, exasperated, or impatient when I’m faced with unmet expectation or disappointment. Resisting the temptation to place blame or find fault, I pause and reflect instead. I realize that my upset is not serving me. Instead, I substitute trust, patience, and acceptance as I choose to let go and let God. My thoughts turn from frustration to positive possibilities as I become aware of the presence of God in my life. By releasing worry and concern, I open to a warm assurance that all is in divine order. As I let go and let God, ideas flow freely and I discern opportunities I had not seen previously. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil—the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places.” (Isaiah 58:9,11) END OF DEVOTION
For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. (Jeremiah 31:25)
For the sake of my soul, I definitely discerned the opportunity, not seen previously, of a stranger approaching me in such manner.
For the sake of my soul “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)
For the sake of my soul, I did not become weary; instead, I resisted the devil and he fled without satisfaction of devouring me.
For the sake of my soul, I must not allow my emotions, or emotions of others, to separate me from the love of God for any cause that will not get me from earth to glory.
For the sake of my soul, I resisted the temptation to place blame or find fault in this man’s words and how he approached me. Instead, I paused, reflected, and chose not to allow his behavior to control my words satisfying only the devil and the one who does his bidding.
We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think we are worshiping God.” — Leigh (fellow blogger)
ADDITIONAL STUDY SCRIPTURES
I understand scriptures tell me to avoid disagreement over biblical laws but these scriptures are applicable for our everyday conversations. (II Timothy 2:23-26; Proverbs 26:4-28; I Peter 3:15-17)
“Do not be conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. (Romans 12:17-19)
Thank you, blog owner of Live, parent, teach, repeat, for nominating me for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. https://liveparentteachrepeat.com/2020/08/22/the-vincent-ehindero-blogger-award/