Opinion Matters: 5-25-18

What we are witnessing today is a repeat of history within the political and ecclesiastical climate. The people of God should stand in unity against the oppressors of society, the initiators of social injustice, and against those who infringe upon the political rights and civil liberties of the people. For some reason, however, people who call themselves carriers of the truth, or light-bearers, are siding with those who oppose all that is just, brings forth the fruit of righteousness, and the proponents of peace.

In addition to this, the very same ones who preach about unity, love, and being standard-bearers for the Cross have now aligned themselves with the enemies of the Cross. What has happened? What is going on? What are we going to do about it?

Have we made any real progress here in America?

In consideration of this, at what point does the Evangelical base stand up for the Kingdom agenda rather than what benefits them? I initially was not speaking in terms of outward appearances, but if we are going to be honest, that has played a role in the concern as well. Love knows no color and is the initiator of justice, righteousness and peace. How can we who consider ourselves to be aligned with the Kingdom mission condone acts and conversations that are divisive in nature? Furthermore, is this not antithetical to our overall purpose?

Speaking the truth does not come wrapped in spews of hatred towards any people group. We should wrap it in the fragrance of love. The outflow of which unites us, not brings greater confusion to the point wherein it has become difficult to simply talk about our differences of opinion civilly without our safety being threatened.

I do not hate those I disagree with, and I would hope they are able to say about me. I have heard some say that we have gone backwards socially and culturally. I disagree. You cannot go backwards when you really have not moved forwards. My question to you is this: If there had been any real progress, would it have been so easy to return to what used to be? In my humble opinion, we never left where we were. Yes, a few concessions have been made, but real progress has not.

What are your thoughts? I would appreciate any feedback from anyone. This is a community effort to living our best life in honor of the One Who has given us this life to live. Love God, love others, and love yourself!

Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”

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