Everywhere I turn, life feels big. I’m hearing the same from my friends—big struggles, and lots of them. When I speak at events, women share their burdens with tears in their eyes. And almost every day, I open an email with a story that breaks my heart. It’s everywhere. It’s everyone.
The heat has been turned up.
I’m not one who believes the Enemy is behind every bad day or tough situation. He doesn’t deserve that much credit or attention. But I do believe that evil is alive and active, and we are embracing it more than turning from it. Rather than peace, there is deep-seeded anger. Instead of collaboration there is division. Where is our empathy? Where is grace and mercy? When are we going to give each other permission to be different without considering it a threat to who we are?
Where is our civility? Our commonality? Our country?
Everything feels different. Here’s what I mean…
Never in my lifetime has our country been so polarized during an election season. It has overwhelmed our sense of hope. Name calling. Lies. Scandals. Dirty tricks. Immorality. The political climate has left us emotionally and mentally exhausted. And angry. It’s become an us against them mentality, and it’s left us divided in heart and mind. When the other candidate’s shortcomings are exposed, we celebrate. We cheer. And we point fingers and jeer.
How did we get to this place?
The truth is, hate is so real and so close. It’s not terrorists in 3rd world countries that scare us as much as people in our own communities who condemn our faith. It’s becoming more and more unpopular to align ourselves with Jesus because many consider His teachings narrow-minded and offensive. Wait, what? His entire message is love.
How did everything get this twisted?
We are also watching churches redefine faith—adding to and subtracting from the Bible—and ignoring the Holy Word of God as a finished and complete work. It’s a scary reality, really. Then there are leaders in the faith who are watering down the Truth, and even scarier… we are enamored with them.
Christian celebrity has gotten out of hand and if we’re not careful, we risk following them into beliefs that are not godly. They are human and fallible. They don’t have special access to God, or hold divine secrets not available to us, nor does God love them more than He loves you and me.
Why are we hanging on their every word?