“We hear that some of among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge to settle down.” (2 Thessalonians 3:12-13a).
I seldom read or watch the news due to illegal, unethical and ungodly things happening that only bring frustration, shame and sadness. I also understand Revelation 12:12 tells us the earth is Satan’s Prey Ground and he is come down unto us having great wrath because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Many, many, many years ago, I remember going to our neighborhood church building and never saw things allowed and happening today. I am not saying we were perfect, but people respected one another and definitely respected God; and to the best of my memory things were orderly and even the building was respected. People did not break into church buildings. People did not trash building premises and they turned down radio volume when driving by, etc.
My grandmother would say prior to entering the church building, “Sit down and prepare your mind for worship.” Well, I decided one day to continue talking after she gave me her warning eyes. She touched me one time to bring back to memory talking is forbidden during worship service. This happened approximately 44 years ago, and I still heed to her words even though as an adult I know everything must be done decent and in order.
There was a security gate around the Air Force Base where I worked when we lived in Alabama, and on the outside was a small church building with approximately 30 members based on what I saw in passing. On several occasions the police were called to enforce peace among members who were being disruptive. I remember reading in the newspaper the next day that members did not like their preacher and wanted him escorted off the premises. Of course, he refused to leave and NO we did not worship there.
Several current incidents brought to remembrance a devotion sent to me by one of my Spiritual Mother, Sister Copeland. The devotion title is Aim for Harmony. It reads “Instead of arguing, let me compromise when the outcome will be peace. When I am tempted to argue, to add to the cacophony of noise that drives you away, let a song of praise fill my thoughts.’
‘Let the melody wash over me until I remember that compromise is harmony, and harmony is worship. Let all my interactions be as harmonious as a symphony, so you are glorified and brought near.’” (END OF DEVOTION)
During our current unharmonious times let us aim for harmony which is pleasing to God. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay says the Lord” (Romans 12:17-20). (Hebrews 10:30-31). (Ezekiel 25:17).
“May the GOD who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind, and one voice, you may glorify the GOD and Father of our Lord Jesus the Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you in order to bring praise to GOD. (Romans 15:5-6)