photo by: Shirley/Missouri/November 2017
originally written 25 Mar 18

posted 2 Apr 18
We recently watched a movie entitled "Paul, Apostle of Christ."
It was very thought provoking.

So much was on my mind already.
My internal struggle with the current conflict in our country 
surrounding gun control being just one, but the biggest, of many.  
So many emotions swirling!

One thing that was crystal clear as I exited the theater was that this issue, 
regardless of how we feel or which "side" we are on, is sidelining too many of us.  
Brothers and sisters, we should not allow this to cause division among us 
nor distraction from our primary focus.  
Our mission, our primary purpose and shared goal, 
is more vital than anything we will ever disagree on!  
We need to continue sharing the Truth and Love that our Savior 
gives us to share with this broken world.  
They need us now more than ever.  
We need each other now more than ever.  
Those needs will only increase in the days ahead 
as we draw closer to the time of our Lord's returning.
Nothing else is more important. Nothing.  
Not even patriotism nor traditions.
Not even our rights.
Christ laid His down for a higher purpose.
Are His servants more deserving than the Master?

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

Then Jesus came to them and said, 
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. 
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

No matter how passionate we may be about something, 
we will never have more authority than our Savior does.
His Word is the final authority on everything.
When our individual opinions divide us, we must refocus on our Savior, 
learn to disagree agreeably, and not allow anger to cripple our walk with Him 
nor allow ourselves to become stumbling blocks for other believers.

Be angry, but don’t sin — don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger; otherwise you leave room for the Adversary.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (CJB)

Therefore, my dear brothers, let every person be quick to listen but slow to speak, slow to get angry; for a person’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness!
James 1:19-20

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights 
does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
1 Corinthians 8:9

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