We have all been watching the world “catch on fire” recently, and not for the Lord. In my Bible study this week in “Reflecting God”, I found an “ah ha” passage that correlates with what I see going on. This is all worldliness and the enemy is working overtime!
Kay Smith wrote: “The world’s philosophy appeals to women because it says that she has a right to her feelings, her wants, and her needs, but the result is social chaos through the destruction of her home. And what causes that destruction? Selfishness.
It’s been said that the opposite of love is not hate but indifference–a form of selfishness. It’s choosing your way over what’s best for your family. But when you’re willing to lay down your life and defer your own ambitions and desires for a season, that choice will pay big dividends. Ultimately, it will yield the very fulfillment you’re seeking.”
I’m watching a large group of women dishonoring men and the family that the Lord created. It mocks God, and is a tool in the devil’s arsenal. What does God’s Word say about what we are witnessing? It says that we are to have nothing to do with such people–and we certainly are not to be like these people.
“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Tim. 3:2-5)
What instead are Christ followers to do? “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” (Phil 2:14-16a)
When Christ told us “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23), it was given so that we would be free of pride, which is the root of selfishness. It is those who do not know the love and grace of Christ who think their needs, their ideas, their ways are the most important. “For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 2:21)
If you are a Christ follower and find yourself one of the angry mob today, I encourage to take those thoughts and feelings captive to Christ. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5) We are called to love one another and to peace. “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (Rom. 14:19) Is that what others see in you?