Christians, What Are We Adding To Our Faith?
As Christians, our faith is our Christianity and all that the Bible says makes up our beliefs as Christians. Our faith is more than the doctrines we believe, but who we are as God’s children through Christ. Our faith is both who we are, and what we believe (John 1:12).
Today, Christians are adding some destructive stuff to our faith. The elephant in the room is our political divisiveness. Some of us see wrong and won’t say anything. Some of us are covering up for the wrong we clearly see, and some of us are criticizing everything we see. Some of us out of fear, are afraid to use our normal biblical standards to call behavior right or wrong, and some of us don’t see any good and are calling everything wrong.
Here is the problem. While Christians are playing politics, and taking divisive jabs at each other, we are losing credibility among non-Christians by the second. Non-Christians who use the natural moral code (Rom. 2:14-15) are calling behavior wrong and Christians are covering up for that problematic behavior, and we are losing even more credibility. Speaking the truth about behavior based on God’s Word vs. culture or politics does not mean you are a traitor, disloyal, or unloving.
Christians, we are not confused about right and wrong. But many of us are stuck behind democratic and republican politics. We are playing the dangerous, divisive, hypocritical and unloving game of politics.
The Apostle Peter commanded us to add seven virtues to our faith to keep us stable and on track as God’s called out ones in a hostile environment. Peter said, diligently supply some extra to what we already have: moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (II Pet. 1:5-
Christians, let us be responsible in politics by using biblical standards, and not blindly follow any political agenda. Instead of our divisive politics which is driving people away from Christianity, let’s become known for our love, our united efforts to share the gospel, and by the power of the Holy Spirit add the seven virtues in II Peter 2:5-7, to our faith.
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.