On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." The Bible gives us God's definition of love and many people already know it because they use this passage in weddings all over the world. God says of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (the word "charity" is translated also as "love")
"4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."
1, 2. patience, sufferance, forbearance; liberality, impartiality, open-mindedness.
So why is there this push in our country and around the world to charge Christians with intolerance? Why is there such a move in this country to make the Christian life-style not politically correct?
The answers to these questions are also in the Bible. The problem is, the world in general doesn't want to turn to the Bible for those answers. Many who call themselves Christians do not even read their own Bibles, if they even have their own Bibles. Many who call themselves Christians do not have anyone that they learn about Christianity from. They believe they are Christian simply because that is what their parents and grandparents were but not because they have come to any kind of personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus told us that the only way to be saved was to be born again and He explains that when he speaks to Nicodemus in John 3:1-21. Simply put, being born again means to accept and believe that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God, born of a virgin, gave His life as payment of our sin debt when He was crucified on the cross, died, was buried, and rose again on the third day. When we believe this, confess it with our mouths, and accept His free gift of salvation, then we are born again believers and true Christians. It is not a religion, but it has had a religion made out of it. It is an individual personal relationship. The church of Jesus Christ was never meant to be the organized business that it has become today. It was meant to be the body of Christ reaching out to a world in need of love. It was meant to be a fellowship of believers helping and supporting each other in love and friendship and passing on the love of Jesus Christ to everyone around us.
In the Bible we are told that Satan is the enemy of God, the enemy of all His believing followers. Satan wants only to destroy us all and become like God in power and control. But God does not control people. God gives people the freedom of choice. Satan on the other hand does not want anyone to have free choice. So he goes about confusing the world and getting the world to believe that it is all the Christians and Jews who are the problem. It is the Christians and Jews who are intolerant, racist, and now extremists and even domestic terrorists, according to those who have chosen not to believe in a kind and loving God. But why does the world fall for this?
When a person is confronted face to face with the holiness of the One True God, that person comes face to face with his/her own sin nature. It is impossible not to. Sin cannot stand in the presence of holiness. This is not to say that Christians are pure and holy and without sin. No. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Christians need to purify themselves daily, to cleanse themselves from their daily sins. Christians will not be fully purified and holy until they meet the Lord Jesus Christ face to face. But when non-believers come in contact with believers, that representation of Jesus Christ in the believer's lives stands up like a mirror reflecting back on the non-believer. The problem is that many Christians are out there passing judgement in the name of being fruit inspectors and instead of showing non-believers the love of God, they are coming off as the intolerant haters that the world sees. They are playing right into the devil's hands. When the love of God shines through instead of judgement, evil cannot stand. We don't have to judge others. That is not our job. That is God's job. And the only fruit we should really be inspecting is our own. How do we measure up when it comes to the fruit of the Spirit in our own lives? IF all true believers in Jesus Christ did that, we might begin to see revival in this country and in the world. The truth is that in many other countries around the world, there is revival. People are coming to Christ by the thousands. It used to be that the United States was the major country sending missionaries to the world. Now the world is sending missionaries to us. What a sad commentary for American Christians today.
We have been tempted by technology. We have succumbed to the gadgets and electronic toys, the cars, houses, and everything else that the world has to offer us today. We have neglected our God-given duties to love each other and help each other in exchange for money and time spent on everything from the latest greatest cell phones to plasma screen televisions to the hottest car on the market. When we see someone in need we judge them as being someone scamming us for our money when they don't really need it. We look at the homeless in our country and we turn our backs on them. We see people on welfare and we judge them harshly when we don't even have a clue what put them there or how difficult it is to get off welfare once they get on it. We are a people, all of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, who judge others so harshly that we would not be able to stand if we were to be judged that way in return. We see a mother with small children using food stamps at the store but she also has a nice cell phone so we judge her and say she has no right to have food stamps if she can afford that phone. Yet how do we know she paid for that phone or the contract to use it? How do we know it wasn't a gift provided by a caring friend or family member trying to help her out? The Bible tells Christians not to judge others so that we ourselves won't be judged. The Bible tells us that we will receive back the same measure that we measure out to others. That covers all things, not just money and goods. That covers attitudes, behaviors, everything we do and say. When we judge others, it comes back on us. God is not mocked.
What is happening in this country today could be something that maybe we deserve. We have allowed things to get all screwed up. Is there time to fix it? Is there time for America to be restored to the nation under God that she once was? I don't know. What I do know is that, according to the Bible, the end is near. The time is coming soon when Jesus will come for His true Bride, the true believers who have that personal relationship with Him. The time is coming soon when the antichrist will cause a 7 year peace agreement to be signed between Israel and her enemies. The time is coming when the world will be fully immersed in what the Bible calls the Great Tribulation, tribulation such as the world has never known before. The time is coming when at the end of that tribulation Jesus Christ will once again return to this earth and rule over the whole world. Satan will get one last attempt only to be permanently defeated forever. What is our call during this time? We are to do the same thing God has called us to do since the beginning. We are to love Him, and love each other. The devil is the one causing the trouble against Christianity today. The devil is the one pushing for political correctness and calling Christians intolerant. Yet it is also the devil who is the most intolerant of Christians and the government of this country that was established by God to provide freedom to its citizens. There is spiritual warfare going on today such as has never happened before. But in this war we are still called to love.
Now it is in your hands what you will choose to do.