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HOW CHRISTIANS CAN BRING CIVILITY BACK

Lord Jesus, You tell us that out of our hearts our mouths speak--cleanse our hearts and our mouths. Use us to speak the truth out of hearts overflowing with your love.

The last decade ushered in a shift in how we relate to those of opposing views. Civility in the areas of politics, religion, and government is stretched thin.

This is certainly not the America we once knew. The cultural landscape in how we share opposing views is different than in former years.

Our nation is in disarray, and the political parties are polarized. We are hard-pressed to find a healthy, robust conversation with opposing views. . . .

Social media is connecting people around common passions, both positive and negative. The new name is “tribes.” Birds of a feather still flock together. That has not changed. . . .

Seth Godin said, “But if everyone is demonizing the other, then everyone is the enemy to someone. We end up spending our time fighting each other instead of fighting for the things that really matter. We end up focusing on the current thing while something more important shrinks away in the background.” . . .

Religious groups have joined the negativity.

Christians are swayed by the constant bashing and social hatred, too. It is shocking how some Christians have bought into the vitriol.

This is disheartening. As believers, we must model our faith and stand against all vitriol and hatred.

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44, NKJV)

The most difficult test for those of our Christian faith will be to love others that do not love us back.

Whether Christian or non-Christian, there was a time when we clearly knew that we could disagree with one another without disapproving.

Many great writers and orators have said in various ways that “we are more alike than we are different.”

(Excerpt from Charisma. Article by Thomas McDaniels.)

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8 Replies to “HOW CHRISTIANS CAN BRING CIVILITY BACK”

  1. Lord, thank you for reminding me to die to self and give control to you. I am so grateful for finding this organization that informs me of what is happening and then reminds me to lift the issues or people up in prayer vs stewing in anger. You are the Alpha and Omega!

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  2. GOD is listening to every word HIS children say. ” . . . She opens her mouth with wisdom. And on her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26. Father God, help us to remember to whom we must give an answer for every word we speak.

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  3. We who know Christ are to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world, but at the same time, Rom 1:16 should be true of us. It is also important that we ask the Lord to help us apply Ephesians 4:30-32 each day, so as to be pleasing to Him. In Psm 90:12 it says “teach us to apply our hearts to wisdom, and in Pro 9:10 it says “the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom”. Then in Pro 4:5-8 the Word says “wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and with all your getting, get understanding”(v7). In doing these things, the Lord will help us and go before us, for our good, the good of those we talk with, and most of all, for His honor and glory.

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  4. We are called to model a different way. We are told not only to love our enemies but not to gloat or celebrate when they fall. We are saved by grace alone that none should boast. They are us. The broken, hurting, divided world is aching and longing for the truth that sets free and brings with it honor and hope. Jesus’s words were GRACE and TRUTH and so should ours be.

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  5. As christians we must let our voices be heard on our knees before Almighty God that is waiting on us to take our spiritual authority in the earth. The world will be won by our love for each other and the light getting brighter over the gross darkness. It begins with each of us individually. In God we live, breathe and have our being. God bless us as your people to hear from heaven.

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  6. O Father, forgive us in the USA for removing YOU from our public venue. Since we have become a Post-Christian nation – removing prayer from schools, removing the word “sin” from our culture, removing God and His Son Jesus Christ from all public discourse – we are reaping the sad benefits of disunity, chaos, hatred, and the breakdown of civility. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” We, your people, have been too timid, apprehensive, fearful, passive, apathetic, and simply too self-absorbed to be effectively salty in our society. Please forgive us, and help us to turn the tide…. to become radically loving and controversially Christ-like through the power of Your Holy Spirit. May we become the leaders of love in a new era of growing conservatism. Give us Your boldness to return to Your Word, living it and speaking it forth openly, unashamedly, courageously. Father God, please heal our land – and let it begin with me.

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  7. How quickly we forget Ephesians 6:12. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…, and in that context the statement above, “we are more alike than we are different” becomes meaningful. Dear Lord I pray the eyes of our understanding will be enlightened and that we will be able to love our fellow Americans in your strength and with your purpose to the point we can come together in unity and that our true enemy IS defeated in Jesus name.

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