John 12:23-25King James Version (KJV)
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Both reading and hearing the news about the 147 people murdered in Kenya on Thursday (04/02/15) ran like cold water down my spine.
The people who were murdered, regardless if they were Christians or non-Christians are a sign of our times and anyone thinking that this type of senseless religious terrorism can’t come to America, are fooling themselves.
I have a personal feeling about these murders because I have been to Kenya twice on short-term missions. With my visits, I have established what I believe are lifelong friendships. You see, Kenyans also desire to live in peace and with freedom from being compelled to live under religious or military dictatorship.
This morning, I attended a Good Friday Breakfast given by a local church. Two guest speakers both gave compelling personal stories about their life journey. One spoke about her being a twenty year cancer survivor. And the other speaker shared the tragedies of young children facing crime, abuse and neglect in a well-known urban city in New Jersey.
What I came away with from these two women is that they share a common bond because they are willing to go the extra mile for others and do not care about the people they are helping or of their religious affiliation or sexual orientation. No matter what has transpired in their lives, Jesus keeps them going on with a purpose to show love and not hate.
As I sit to write this piece, I am also reminded of the controversy taking place in Indiana and Arkansas. Those who are demanding tolerance seem also to be showing intolerance towards their fellow-man.
Every adult has a right to choose what he or she wants his lifestyle to be. And no one should try to impose their personal agenda on anyone.
Christians also have the right to make a choice. It is either what man demands or what God requires.
Christians, let’s get back together and stand united, not against hating others but living in the strength of Jesus Christ.
Remember how Christ spoke to His disciples about if anyone refuses to accept you, ” …And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. ” Matthew 10:14
If you have to start shaking off the dust on your feet, please do so but never stop forgiving or loving!
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