Blog 9 of Lent

Published March 19, 2016 by thinkinbout

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Ok, well that whole attempt to blog each day of Lent went out the window real fast. That’s ok though.

Tonight I want to write about something that is on my heart, not something I read in Scripture. It’s about the proper attitude for a Christian. These days, negativity, hatefulness, rudeness, and intolerance abound. It is so very easy, and often much more desirable, to have one of the above attitudes. This has been on my mind due to the political climate in America right now. The political strife is probably a better way to term it. And that, in turn, made me think about the nasty attitudes we see everyday.

One of those nasty, and unfortunately growing, attitudes is entitlement. Entitlement is the opposite of humility. Humility is growing more and more rare. Listen to me: You CANNOT please God and not be humble. Everyone, it seems, feels entitled to something, and when they don’t get the desired result, they get mad. They get mean. They sometimes lash out physically and hurt people without a prick of the conscience. If someone flips you the bird, you feel it’s ok to hurt them. Someone’s wearing “awesome” new shoes, and you think you deserve them, so he’s killed for a PAIR of SHOES. This happened a couple weeks ago in the city where I live. Let this sink in. A TEENAGER WAS KILLED FOR A PAIR OF SHOES.

Someone’s rude to you, you’re more rude back. It just escalates.

It’s the opposite of humility.

Do you know how many times the Bible mentions humility? It certainly is a big deal to God. I’m only going to mention 3 here:

Philippians 2:3- Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. …

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

A thankful heart, a servant’s heart, and a humble heart are what are pleasing to God.

Also, going back to the political climate, I am shocked at the vile comments I see on Facebook about candidates in these people’s own preferred party. I am in a bunch of conservative groups on Facebook, and after each of the Republican candidates who have dropped out, many of the members of the FB group make cruel, hateful, abhorrent comments about that candidate. I have seen the most vitriol saved for Marco Rubio. After reading such detestable comments, you’d think it was a liberal saying these things. Let me gently remind you that whatever you do for the least of these you do to [Jesus]. That includes names you call people. That includes how you treat people. When you insult or comment that this loser should have dropped out sooner and curl up and die, you are saying this about a sacred soul created in God’s own image. In essence, you are saying it to God Himself, and that must be repented of. That goes for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump too.

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