Belief Beyond Boundaries
I've noticed something in the last few years. The "Great Resignation" seems to be permeating our entire society and not just the workplace. Aside from jobs, good and bad reasons alike, people are leaving their jobs, churches, their religions, toxic relationships, etc in order to escape perceived injustices in the organizations in which they belong. As Christians, we seek like minded Christians who value what we believe, but for some cases, I have to ask, is the world better off when people leave organizations so readily?
In the case of workplaces, unhappy employees quit and slip away only to have someone take their place and be equally unhappy. In churches, parishioners leave, only to have new members join and encounter the same jezebel spirit. In the age of "ghosting," is it possible that quiet-leaving organizations becomes a destructive force itself?
A friend of mine recently expressed she was thinking about leaving her church, because of their aggressive criticism in how they approached the topic of homosexuality. She explained that the rhetoric of the ministry seemed destructive and hate-filled when it came to this particular subject matter. Although a controversial subject, any reasonable Christian would know that although we disagree with sin, we should not hate the sinner as Jesus taught us. We are all sinners, so we should consider this when judging the sins of others. Naturally, intense and hateful rhetoric is at odds with Christ's teachings and can leave people feeling emotionally jarred, especially when encountering this mentality in "safe" spaces.
Unfortunately, polarization and fear is occurring all over America, but could your voice be a voice of reasoning in a polarized environment? After all, Jesus didn't call us to be politicians. He called us to love each other. He taught us we could love all people, regardless of where they come from.
With that, I wish you courage and strength in your life when you stand up for the values of Christ to bring change, even when the enemy appears to come against you. Consider carefully the power you have in Christ and that you are called to be a lantern in the dark. Whether it is your church, your workplace, the public, or even your own household, do not be afraid to speak the TRUTH of Christ. Just as Jesus' teachings were not in agreement with the common teaching during His time, perhaps what you have to say is also needed, even if others have not yet realized it.
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" John 8:31