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Commandment #6: You shall NOT murder!

Matthew 5:21-22

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

According to Biblestudytools.com Raca is a term of reproach meaning “worthless” while fool in this passage means a downright wicked person.

Pastor John picked a perfect time to remind us that murder is not just a physical act, but can be an act we commit in our hearts. I am weary of the hate and anger that is dividing this country right now. Even Christians are being divided by political ties and bashing each other for belonging to the “wrong” party. We call each other names because we don’t agree and even wish death upon those who don’t think as we do. Yes, even Christians are acting this way and it breaks my heart.

As Christians our only concern is to follow the will of God and God’s Word. If we seek God’s will on all of the issues then we will know who to vote for. God’s will is not going to be one way for some and another way for someone else. The Bible does not change. If we as members of the Church of America follow Jesus and do what is right by Him then we shouldn’t be divided. This division and hate is caused by Satan and we are falling into his trap. We used to be a nation based on God’s will and Godly values, but we allowed Satan to gain a foothold and now we think that it is okay to follow the ways of the world.

WAKE UP CHURCH OF AMERICA!

We are murdering each other with our name calling, disrespect, and judgmental attitudes. Any time we bash someone or judge someone because they belong to a different political party, we commit murder. Any time we look down on someone because they live in poverty or are homeless, we commit murder.

I have allowed this election to stir up my anxieties and fear. I have allowed the hate to cause me to live in fear about the future of this country. The hate that is coming from every corner (Christians can be the worst offenders!) is exhausting and I tend to internalize it all.

I allowed my focus to be taken off of my King Jesus. I allowed Satan to cause me to live in fear of the future. It doesn’t matter who wins this election, God has been and always will be in control. HIS will is all that matters. I have to keep my focus on God and not on the things and circumstances of this world.

Instead of murder in our hearts, can’t we live with love and compassion in our hearts. As Christians, can’t we drop our grudges and allow love to bridge this great divide that is causing the Church of America to implode.

I am tired. I am tired of it all and I pray that we can survive this. Will we ever learn? Maybe. I don’t know.

There is always hope in Jesus!

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