Stay Woke

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“…So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” -2 Peter 3:17b-18

This morning during my quiet time with God, these verses stood out to me. Everyday this world seems to get worse and worse. Yesterday, my city, San Bernardino, CA, experienced what appears to be a terrorist attack. It seems like everyday there’s some kind of mass shooting or bombing or some other horrific tragedy. When these tragedies occur, we often hear people say, “Where was God in all of this or why did God allow this to happen?” The thing is that God is there with us in the midst of all of this; however, we live in a fallen world. We live in a world that is ruled by wickedness and evil. I believe that is why we are told to “be on guard”. It’s discouraging and heartbreaking to see or hear about another mass shooting, and, if we’re not careful, we can allow what we see to shake our faith to the core and cause us to doubt God or question whether He truly cares about us.

Since we are living in the last days, we are going to see more and more tragedies because the enemy knows his time is almost up. This is why we as Christians have to be alert and stay woke. We can’t afford to be lackadaisical in our relationship with God. We need to pray and intercede for this world more, we need to share the Gospel more, we need to show this world Christ and truly be the light and salt of the earth. The enemy is counting on us getting tired and growing weary, but we can’t give him that satisfaction. We also need to ask God to give us a strong spirit of discernment and wisdom. The enemy is looking for any opportunity to take out as many Christians as he can because he doesn’t want us to reach the lost. We’re a threat to him. We must be alert 24/7. If we’re off our “spiritual game”, then the enemy will have a field day causing much chaos, confusion, and devastation. When we feel an uneasiness in our spirit, we can’t afford to ignore the Holy Spirit. I’m not saying to live in fear, but I am saying to use wisdom and if something doesn’t seem right, speak up and say something. A friend of mine made an excellent point about Christians using their discernment. He brought up how the neighbors of the suspects involved in yesterday’s tragedy thought something wasn’t right and had suspicions, but they didn’t say anything. As Christians, if the Holy Spirit is revealing something to us, we need to say something because God may use us to prevent certain things from happening. However, if we’re not in tune with God like we need to be, we will not have a strong spirit of discernment and God won’t be able to use us.

I know living in these last days is not easy. I know seeing tragedy after tragedy is discouraging. I know you’re tired. I know you’re ready for Christ to return. We must continue to press forward and keep with the mission that Christ gave us. We are His ambassadors on this earth (2 Corinthians 5:20). We have work to do. One day we will get to spend eternity with Him with no worries, no pain, no cares, no tragedies, but that day has not come yet. So until then we must do our part. We can’t become spiritually lazy. We need to seek God more, pray more, spend time with Him in His word more, and witness more.

I love you all and am praying for you all. If you have any prayer requests or questions, please contact me at sweeetlybroken25@gmail.com

Ferguson

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I haven’t said much about the decision made in the Mike Brown case. I’ve liked and shared a few posts here and there, but haven’t spoken out too much on it, except for one post on Instagram. I decided to blog about it because it breaks my heart to see how much division this tragedy has brought. I see it throughout my newsfeed on Facebook, I see it in comments posted on peoples’ Instagram posts.

I am a bundle of mixed emotions. I believe NFL player Benjamin Watson truly said it best (link to his post: http://www.khq.com/story/27489010/nfl-player-benjamin-watsons-ferguson-post-on-facebook-goes-viral). Like Benjamin Watson said, it all boils down to a sin problem and the answer is Jesus.

What breaks my heart the most about all that has transpired in the Mike Brown case is everyone telling people how they should feel and that they are wrong for feeling a certain way. That is not right. You see, how someone who has had certain experiences views the events in Ferguson may be polar opposite to someone who has had very different experiences. Our personal experiences shape how we view various situations. That’s not to say one perspective or opinion is right and the other is wrong. It’s like my grandpa always says “Opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one.” Everyone has an opinion about what has transpired in Ferguson, and that’s fine. However, it’s wrong for us to tell others that what they think or feel is wrong. What’s even worse is that we are telling others that what the feel is wrong without even acknowledging how they feel. That’s where we are making our mistake. The quickest way to get someone to shut down on you is for you to tell them they are wrong in how they feel about a certain situation without addressing what they feel or trying to understand what they feel. Because of this, we don’t have people agreeing to disagree. Instead we have more and more arguments, more and more hurtful words being said, more and more division. It shouldn’t be that way.

I honestly believe that if we try to see things from the other person’s perspective, acknowledge what they are feeling, and ultimately walk in love, there would not be so much division. Ephesians 4:15 says it best,

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”

For those of us who are Christians, we are ultimately called to a higher standard. This is a time for us to show our lights in this dark world. This is a time for us to show the world the love of Christ. It’s okay for us to be or not be upset about the events in Ferguson. It’s okay for us to agree with or disagree with the decision made. Each and every person has that right. However, we do not have the right to tell others how to feel or think about the situation. Also, if you feel that you can’t respect others’ right to feel and think what they do, then it may be best to not say anything at all in order to keep from sinning.

Each and every one of us hold multiple titles: daughter, son, wife, mother, husband, father, African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Latino, etc., but for those of us that are Christians, we are a Christian first and foremost and we must never forget that despite what is going on in this world we live in. We as Christians are here to show Christ and we have to remember that.