“Pastor Richardson, I am becoming more confused each day by all this political and social hullabaloo. I don’t know what is right anymore.”
“I understand, Jonathan. I sometimes have my own doubts.”
“You have doubts? That I never expected.”
“Have you forgotten? I am human just like you. I make errors in judgment. Sometimes it is hard to discern the truth.”
“Yeah, but you are always so positive, so upbeat. You don’t seem to be confused and frustrated by all the name calling and blame that is floating around out there. Some of my friends, for instance, say I’m too conservative; while on the other hands, others say that I am a left-wing bleeding heart liberal. We often end up in heated arguments. What makes me sad is that often the person I am arguing with is also a Christian.”
“Jonathan, are you familiar with the passage in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 6:24) where Jesus says, ‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”?
“Yes, Sir, I was just reading that a couple of days ago during my morning devotional time.”
“Well, I look at it this way. All of this hullabaloo, as you call it, is mammon - the politics, the immigrations issue, the abortion issue, the gay marriage issue - all mammon.”
“Are you saying we should not take a position on these issues?”
“No. I’m not say not to take a position. I believe we should stand up for what we believe, but keep it in perspective. Jesus goes on to say, ‘Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on’. Instead, he said, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’ and all these other things would fall into proper perspective.”
“In other words, you turn it over to God?”
“Yes! Exactly! God knows so much more than I do about all these things and he knows what’s in the hearts of others. I may make a judgment about a man based on his position on an issue or his lifestyle. If I do, my judgment will always be flawed. Instead, I try to give him, and our difference of opinion, to God.”
“You know I am already feeling better. It’s as if a great burden has been lifted from my shoulders.”
“That’s what Jesus does, Jonathan. That’s why he says, ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mt. 11: 30). He redistributes the load so that He does His part and we do ours. We are bad about trying to take on His share of the burden.”
“What about the anger?”
“I promise you, if you place your trust in Jesus, the anger will go away. Remember what James said about anger. “…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(Js. 1:19-20).”
“Well, I guess I better go pick up the kids from school. Thank you, Pastor Richardson, for taking the time to help me discern what is right.”
“Remember, Jonathan, whenever in doubt about any thing you encounter in the world today, turn it over to God. He can handle it.”
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