Am I the only one that is scared to watch the news or read the paper? My fear comes from the sadness and pain the media can give. However, I know it is important, because there is a lot going on, and we need to be informed. There is social injustice, racial discrimination, political confusion, and things that I don’t even know how to classify. It is overwhelming. As a black woman, it’s scary to see and read about black lives that were taken as a result of racial discrimination. It’s sad to see on the news that people are killed because of their gender and religion. The response to each of these situations is usually very strong and all over social media. But what would get me scared is when I am asked about my opinion, or when discussions come up. I would often stay quiet or just sit back and listen because I didn’t want to be judged by what I had to say, or I didn’t want to sound like I didn’t know what I was talking about because I wasn’t well informed on the topic. But, I do have opinions, and I do have things I want to say.
I am a Christian. What does that mean? I have decided that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I am dedicated to being like Christ, which includes loving others just like He loves us. So, how does this tie into the media and everything that is going on? When I was doing my research, and trying to understand why all of this was happening, I read 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
See Jesus knew that in the last days, people were going to be reckless! It is no surprise when I see tragic headlines and news of people who are just plain heartless. It’s no surprise, but it is still sad, and can be very painful. How do we respond as Christians? Should we get mad and retaliate with harsh words, and get filled with anger and hate against certain people? But, wouldn’t doing this make us just like the world that we are separated from? John 15:19 says “the world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”
Once you accept Christ, you are not of this world! Don’t let everything going on cause you to have to same response as this world. When I realized this, I then questioned, well what should I do? What should I say? And how should I do it? Luke 21 answers all of these questions. In this chapter, Jesus is explaining to His disciples how things will be before the second coming. He gives us some instruction: “But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, For I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!” Luke 21:13-15. Isn’t just crazy how God has given us ALL that we need in His word!?
So, with everything happening in this world, let your response be one that represents Christ. Use this time not to get angry and retaliate, but to let others know about His love, and peace. I know that is difficult, but just like He said in His word, He will give you the right words. SAY SOMETHING! This is not the time to stay quiet. I was hesitant to even let people know where I stand on certain issues, forgetting that God has not given me the spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Speak up, because someone needs to hear what you have to say. I was scared, but not saying anything didn’t do anything. How is it that I want to let others know about Christ, when I would be silent in situations where His love is most needed? This world is not our home. Continue to pray for the families who have lost loved ones due to selfishness, and heartless individuals. Let your light shine in this world that is full of darkness, so that others can see and be drawn to the Lord. I really hope this post encourages you, because it has really been on my heart to write about this. If you have any thoughts, comments, or even other posts about this topic, you are more than welcome to share! Be. His. Masterpiece.