Peace be with you! Hypocrites!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” Matthew 23:15

I have kept quiet these last several days, listening and watching to the various opinions, comments, responses, and arguments in response to the law passed in Indiana. “When religion becomes a veneer of holiness to conceal unholy character, it makes its bearers less receptive to God’s transforming grace.” (IVP Commentary, Matt 23)

After careful consideration and prayer I have decided to speak.

Satan in laughing. At all of us. There is No victory for God here. No Glory for Christ.

We are fighting with believers, non-believers, government and waging a war that doesn’t need to be fought.

“And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”” (Luke 15:2)

Whether a restaurant owner chooses to allow a homosexual couple to eat in their restaurant, or allow someone of a different race, or a company hires someone that wears a cross, or keeps a magic 8 ball on their desk is merely a measure of their love of the Lord. It is SAD that we should even think that we need to legislate something like that. If we want to truly be bring Glory to Christ, we need to imitate his actions. We need to “eat with sinners.”

We are afforded GRACE, not mercy. Mercy is getting a reprieve from what we deserve, GRACE is getting what we do NOT deserve. God through CHRIST gives each and EVERY ONE of us GRACE and we need to extend that GRACE to others.

Paul tells us in Romans 12:18,20

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

We MUST forgive others in order to be forgiven. Is there anyone of us that doesn’t sin? Is there anyone of us that doesn’t want to be forgiven?

“And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” (Luke 11:4)

Merely associating with people whose sins are different than yours will not tempt you. The EVIL one tempts. It is our job to forgive and bring the GLORY of GOD to everyone, Christian, non-Christian, gay, straight, black, white, gray, yellow, green, fat, thin, old, young, sick, healthy, emotionally challenged, or the life of the party.

May we put aside our difference and bring Glory to God. Love one another IN the name of Christ. Let us not let religion and politics get in the way of our imitation of Christ.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

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