Good morning! Hope all is well!
I'm sure you guys already have an idea of what I'm going to be talking about this week....
With all of the shootings and deaths going on, we've essentially witnessed a small race war this week, am I right?
But I'm not going to go into the whole #BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter thing - that's a debate that is impossible to win and will never end.
What I want to discuss is how much of a distraction the events of this week and the three hashtags above have been.
When I first heard about the shootings, I'll be honest - it was very saddening for me as an African American and brought up a few feelings in me that I'd rather not have. But as the world was coming at with information, so was God.
As I read the news articles, reported the stories, and watched the videos, my spirit was telling me something very simple, yet significant:
How do we know this isn't a distraction that's causing us to miss the bigger picture?
Look at everything that has been going on - racial wars, gender wars, religious wars...is all of this not Biblical?
Satan is trying to keep us (referring to America) so distracted that we're going to miss the attack that could possibly lead to our demise.
WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!!
While we're fussing about hashtags and gun control, so many other things are happening in our world!
- People are being killed in Baghdad
- Brexit - you really think the separation is really just that simple?
- Suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia
- Egypt has made peace and expressed support for Israel
- Fighting breaks out in Sudan
- 120 officers were injured in Berlin
- U.S. Led coalition jets and Turkish howitzers struck 10 Islamic State targets
- Archaeological discovery in Israel could possibly help us learn more about the origin of the Biblical Philistines
- Nations are advising their citizens to be careful when traveling to America because of the protests
- South China Sea ruling has been made
- 18 killed in Indian Kashmir Protests
- Members of the Boko Haram sect are said to have fled from Nigeria
And much more. Just Google those topics and you'll see what I mean.
WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!!!
Significant things are happening all over the world - significant Biblical things. And what are we doing? Arguing over some hashtags!
Stop getting so caught up in emotions that you miss reality - that's what satan wants you to do!
What does the Bible say?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2
But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life--and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare. - Luke 21:34
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12
And do this, understanding the occasion. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. - Romans 13:11
The Lord obviously said it, so why aren't we listening?
Have you read The Parable of the Sower? This whole situation and the way Christians have handled it, along with other events that have occured this year, is just proving more and more that the body of Christ is truly in disarray. Why?
Because there are a lot of us that are seeds that have been sown on rocky ground and among thorns.
The world is falling apart rapidly. You have to understand that.
WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!!
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