Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.
Father I pray for Your children who spew hate from their lips yet claim to be Your faithful servants. Father heal them of their infliction for they are blinded by ignorance and fear. Father heal the racists, those who stand proudly in hate, and those who hide when the light shines their way.
Father heal those who always seek war and vengeance, and those who do so in Your name. Heal those who conditionally want to acknowledge You and use You for personal gain, but then reject You when in their twisted mind the moment doesn’t serve them.
Touch their hearts Father, and touch mine any time it isn’t aligned with Yours. This I pray humbly and sincerely. Amen.
We have people who claim to be spiritual, religious, and God-loving, yet they are filled with so much hate that you have to strain to see and feel God’s light within them. They have placed so many walls up and deflected and rejected God on so many levels, in so many instances, that you wonder why they even claim to be a servant of God.
It is 2012 and we are surrounded by hate, fear, and pain. This is when we must pray more, remain focused and determined, and continue to strive to do better and be better servants in our daily walk.
It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or anything else–if you are being unloving then your religion means absolutely nothing.
Before 9/11 our country really didn’t have any issues with Muslims specifically, or Arabs in general. We felt that Muslim concerns were Jewish issues. Since 9/11 our country has shown what level we have cowardly lowered ourselves to, and how far we will go to make others feel our pain and despair.
People in our country have verbally, emotionally, and physically attacked others in the name of God and Christianity. Some even stoop desperately low, and attempt to create legal ways to attack people of various races and religions out of fear.
We have taken five steps forward and four steps back since the civil rights movement. People have challenged our country’s President to prove he’s American and Christian, and then still doubt the authenticity of his birth certificate and the declaration of religious leaders who vouch for his Christian upbringing.
Does this make them any more Christian? Does this make them “good” Christians? How are we following God’s commands when we’re too busy making up our own rules as we go along? The Bible tells us we are not to serve as judge and question the faith of a person who declares to be a follower of Christ, for it is their actions and character that is most important in proving their walk and devotion to God.
Supposedly we want people to be Christian, yet we act like four-legged savages waiting to attack anything that doesn’t look right to us. Who would want to be affiliated with a group who hates others because of the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, or their name?
Supposedly we want people to be Christian, yet we removed prayer and all reference to God (except the pledge of allegiance) from schools. We couldn’t even tolerate allowing others of different religions the right to pray in school, so we could all live and go to school in harmony.
We have also found a way to remove “In God We Trust” from some of our currency. Maybe it shouldn’t have been there to begin with since money was and has been used to buy and keep slaves, steal land, and destroy nations.
But one thing is clear, God is not in the hearts and minds of many people who walk around with evil intent.
So if we aren’t concerned with Christianity being the foundation or having a presence in schools and in government, why do we care who is Christian? Why do we care if a politician is a Christian, if he or she won’t be pushing for, implementing or enforcing anything Christian-based? If there’s a separation of church and state why don’t we truly see and feel this?
Before President Obama was nominated and later elected, religion was never a heavy point in politics (it was a minor issue for John F. Kennedy). There are probably more conditional Christians than true followers in politics anyway, so who is fit to measure the ‘Christian-ness’ of these people?
So-called Christians are walking around spreading hate in the name of Jesus and God. Burning crosses, spreading lies, and doing other evil things, yet they have the audacity to call themselves Christians, and recite God’s Word.
What does God think of our country and our world? What does God think of the racists, child molesters, abusers, slave traders, religious zealots, false prophets and pretend followers? What would you do if you were Him?
We must pray family. Pray for each other and pray for ourselves. Pray that God shows us mercy. We can live in this world but not be a product of it. Let’s do our part each day to walk in love and to reflect God’s light through our words and actions.
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