I know it’s weird, but I’m going to share this with you anyway. I eat my emotions so it stands to reason that I also think of different people’s personalities in terms of food. Stan, for instance, is chocolate. He gets along with everyone and people always seem to be glad he’s there. You can mix him in with nuts, other sweets, or even savory and he will get along just fine. I, on the other hand, am a work in progress. I used to be habanero…people either loved me or hated me. I had a very harsh way of speaking and didn’t pull any punches which sometimes left those closest to me battered. I felt that if I injured someone with the things that I said that it was their fault for being weak. Yeah…that was me…there has been a lot of change in me (at least I hope there has been) in the last decade or so. I would say that now, I’m more like cilantro…people still either have a taste for me or not but I’m not as offensive as a pepper that will smack you before you know what happened. Some people find me refreshing and some people don’t care for this flavor but it’s less offensive now.
Why am I talking about food and abrasive personalities? Well, I’ve noticed over the last few days how divided people are (once again) over happenings in politics. While I believe we should be informed about decisions in our government, I don’t think that it gives us the right to lose our humanity with people who disagree with us. Gentleness is a characteristic of God and people who follow him closely:
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 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. (Galatians 5:22-26 NKJV)
To the Christians who are reading this, please understand that you are a Christ-follower first and foremost. Don’t let your connection with a political party, club, group of people, work-place, or anything else cast your connection with Jesus in the shadows. I’m not saying that you should boast more about your religious affiliations…I’m saying that you should boast less and, instead, live out your religious convictions. If you are a Christ-follower, the verses above describe what should be flowing out of you…not unkind things about people’s character. I seriously doubt that people on either side of this debate “hate women” or have “zero respect for life.” I don’t believe that the two sides of this debate are as polarized as we would make this out to be. I believe that both sides of this debate truly believe that what they are pursuing is ethical and upright…but they are looking at it from different perspectives. When we imply that anyone that disagrees with us is morally bankrupt and thus is against God, we are making very strong statements on God’s behalf…that is very serious and I think that he takes that very seriously. When we make those statements absent of the fruit of the Spirit flowing from us, we are the hypocrites that drive people away from Christianity and Jesus.
The point? Simply that we all represent what/who we stand for. Let’s make sure we are representing accurately. If someone represented you incorrectly, you would get pissed. Let’s not do that to God please.
Praying for kindness and gentleness for all. May we all pursue a better flavor in our lives. Much love friends,