Madison Christian Church

Devotional – June 9, 2014

Sometimes I get caught up in things without realizing it.  For example, there are many posts on Facebook from Christians who are very offended by the fact that people of this world often make fun of Christians and give us derogatory labels and seem to be trying to force their agendas down our throats etc.  And I read some of those rants and get fired up too.  And even with what I’m about to say, I DO think it is amusing how people of this world are seemingly incapable or unwilling to acknowledge their capacity for double standards when it comes to tolerance.  I want to shake them and say, “YOU are the ones talking about tolerance – yet you’re only tolerant of people who agree with you!  Wake up!”  So – you can obviously see how I get caught up in that stuff from time to time.

But, (you knew there was a “But” coming) then it’s as if the Lord reminds me that I need to quit worrying about the double standards of the world and start checking to see if I have my own double standards.  I need to stop expecting the people of this world to be rational and start being rational myself as a believer and follower of Christ.  Jesus said in John 15:18,19 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.”

So, as C.S. Lewis said in another context, I know the two great commandments (to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself) and I’d better get busy with them.  Let’s focus on those things and the great commission.  As the people of the world do worldly things, let’s do Christ-like things.