We watch the news and wonder why everyone is losing their mind. It’s simple really, people aren’t inherently good. We have to be trained.
Don’t believe me? Watch a toddler. Imagine this toddler as an adult.
We shouldn’t be surprised at the riots or the politics. The social media dumpster fires.
Jesus said, “No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18
I disagree, you may think. Take 1 Corinthians 13, and personalize it. Wherever “love” is, put yourself or anyone else. Does anyone fulfill these?
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.“1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Honestly, I didn’t make it passed patient. Now put Jesus in those slots.
Look at the verbal rage vomit online and in the media. What would Jesus say about the words we speak?
“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.“Matthew 15:18-19
Take what people say at face value. It reveals their heart. What you say when you’re mad reveals something about your heart.
My editor said, “What’s inside people bleeds out of their mouths and fingers (keyboard warriors), after she read that last line.” She’s not wrong.
What should Christians, the multi-ethnic people of God’s Kingdom, do?
Listen to the Apostle Paul in his letter to the multi-ethnic church in Galatia.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”Galatians 5:13-26
That’s why I’m no longer surprised by what I see in the media. There is hope, though.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.“1 Corinthians 6:9-11
No one is good. All have sinned and fallen short of God. That’s why we need to stop being self-righteous and look at current events, our part in them, and the Kingdom through biblical lenses.
Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness.