My daughter recently said that I can be intimidating to people who don’t know me. It is never my desire to intimidate anyone. I encourage others to share their own thoughts and beliefs. Most all of my ideas and views have been shaped by the world we live in. I make the choice to study the Bible to decide if my actions and words align with a creator God. Others choose scholars or popular beliefs to form their views. As with any disagreement, either one of us is wrong or both of us are wrong. I allow others the freedom to believe a different view than mine. To accept an idea or action that is against my beliefs is to forfeit my own freedom.
Recently I was challenged about some of the statements I have made on social media about hotly debated issues. Some say that as Christians we should remain quiet and neutral. The idea of being silent does not align with the God of the Bible nor does it match the personality of the men He assigned as leaders.
If I logged off of social media indefinitely, and this was the last blog ever published on this site, my life would still speak loudly as to what is in my heart. It is the same for every person. Our lives and more specifically the fruit of our lives show the world what is of most value to us.
I long for a spiritual breakthrough that will give me total integrity in life. I strive daily to make my actions and my words always align with my beliefs. Galatians 5:22-26 tells us But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Francis of Assisi is credited with saying “Always preach the Gospel, and if necessary use words.” To rephrase that “let the fruit of your life always share the gospel, and if necessary use words.”
Rev. Burt Schwab