Friday, August 28, 2015

Matters of the Heart

Today I noticed a friend had commented on a meme that I posted and seemingly denied Christ, and her faith.  I was in complete shock.  I had no clue that she had left the faith. That she no longer had the rich, deep faith that I knew in her two years ago. We had led a Bible study together.  We met a couple times when she came to vacation here. I love my friend.  But something happened. Gone was the girl who loved Jesus and a bitter, intolerant person was left in the wake.

It makes me sad. We discussed hot topics present in our society today and one of them was the Confederate flag. See, I live in South Carolina and understandably it is a hot button issue.  But you see, I never said I believed it should still fly.  Never said I was pro-slavery. But I won't judge people who lived 150 years ago for doing something that was legal in that time.  History is just that, history.  Frankly,  I was glad the flag came down. But I would not agree that it should be banned. You see, I'm logical. I'm a history buff.  I know that those who forget history or pretend it never existed are doomed to repeat it and the hatred and bigotry that is in this world isn't caused by a flag. It isn't caused by a rainbow.  It's not caused by a symbol of any kind.  It is caused by the heart.  That is where the seed of bitterness, anger, hatred and strife starts to grow.  It may be watered by outside influences but overall, it all starts in the heart.  All of the hatred and bigotry is a HEART MATTER.  Nothing more.  And if you can't heal the heart, you won't be able to heal the nation.

And that's what we have here in the good ole U. S. of A.  A heart problem.  Jesus tells us in the great commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.  How can I show hatred to someone if I love them? How can I hate someone if I am following Christ's commands? I can't.

Pray for those that hate you and despitefully use you.  That my dear is tough. Having this conversation with my friend today was tough.  You see, I love her.  I don't hate her.  She's angry.  She's hurt.  She is having a rough time and I get that.  She's lashing out at those who have the faith she has left. I get that.  She even unfriended me on social media.  And although it hurts my heart, I'm okay with that because that's her right and her choice and she is the one who has to live with those choices.  God can heal all wounds.  But this isn't about me. This is about her.

What do I do now?  Nothing.  Frankly, she doesn't want to hear from me and the last thing I want to do is make her any more hurt or angry than she is now.  So I step back, hand it over to the Lord and let Him move.  Let HIM take care of the situation.  To my friend, I love you dear one. To all those out there battling and fighting the good fight, continue to show love.  Continue to show forgiveness. Continue to dig deep into the Word and discern what is right and good.

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