“Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?!”
As Jesus Began to Teach
Even Jesus was faced with issues. People wanted to dispute with him about topics and would ask Him to intervene on disputes. Instead of jumping into ANY arguments and proving He was right (because let's face it, He is Jesus the Son of God, so He is right and always will be!), He kept His eyes on the course! This doesn’t mean that Jesus avoided confrontation, because He did make a point when it needed to be made and He did often show the Pharisee’s what was up. But, He discerned when to step in and when other things were distractions.
As you and I can see we have so much to learn from Jesus and I believe that this is a BIG one. We have to be walking in the spirit, always keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. When we walk in His will and in His promises we will able to see distraction and not let it distract us from His goodness. Not walking in the spirit allows distraction to defer us from what God has called us to. If Jesus would have done what the man asked Him to it would have kept Him from what He was called to do. And that was to teach a parable.
This is a perfect example how we as Christians should be with all of the events happening around us. Instead of posting articles or comments that hate and often condemn, we should keep our eyes fixed on what God is doing and is calling us to do.
When we look at the scriptures we can see that it is to "love your neighbor as yourself." I believe there is a reason why the Pharisees tried to stump Jesus when they asked what the greatest commandment was. He did not hesitate and He replied with the Shema: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." And followed it with, "the second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31)
God calls us to keep our eyes fixed on Him and to love our neighbors as ourselves. That means to love them regardless of their sexuality, gender, or religion. Love them - Gay, Straight, Trans, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Black, White, Asian, Syrian, or American. We are to LOVE THEM as ourselves.
Jesus also commands us to love our enemies and continues by telling us to do good to those who HATE you. (Luke 6:27) This means that we are called to love those who hate us - not spread lies about them, not gossip about them, not post hateful articles and yell slurs at them, not alienate them and judge them. We are called to LOVE them, and not only that, but to pray for them, to put them in high regard. This does not mean that you have to like what they are doing. This does not mean that your feelings are going to change over night. It does mean that you are being obedient and are glorifying God.
Friends, I encourage you to stay pure in heart and to keep your spirit, eyes, heart, and mind in tune with God. Keep the Shema first in your heart. Love God and know that He alone is God, and fueled with His unconditional love, live each day choosing to love your neighbors as yourself.
Be blessed, Meg