Hot Topic: The Mote with the Vote

Today is Election Day in the US & millions of people will be turning out to make sure their opinions are accounted for in our political system. This voting season has been very contentious, particularly if you’re from a hotly contested state – lots of political adds, FB feeds, emails & more than enough mudslinging to chink a plethora of log cabins ,)
Jesus talked about removing the mote (log) in ones eye before trying to help someone who has a splinter. The context of Jesus’ mote, log, splinter discussion is smack in the middle of Jesus instructing us to be less judgmental & to pay more attention to our own shortcomings before we get on a mission to accuse others of their downfalls. No matter if you’re a Democrat, Independent, Republican, Tea Party, Green, Disgruntled, etc, there’s plenty of spaces & topics in our own political thinking for improvement, so be sure to watch for your own mote & get out to vote ,)

hot topic: Christians in Iraq

I’ve been reading recently about how many Christians have been under very severe persecution in Iraq from the ISIS (or IS) expansion & attacks.  According to the news, Christians in certain areas of Iraq are being given the choice to leave their homes, convert to Islam or die.  I find this to be very troubling for Iraq given it’s long & strong history of Christian & Jewish presence in this area.  From a broader perspective, Christianity has always faced varying degrees of persecution throughout the world at various times.  For example, currently North Korea, is a very dangerous place for a Christian to try & survive without denying their faith.  For that matter, it seems like sometimes Christians are the best at eating their own – being judgmental, exclusive, elitist and capricious, but that’s for a different blog ,)

Here are a few things to consider:

  • pray for our brothers and sisters – Paul talks about bearing each others burdens in Gal 6:2;  As the body of Christ, let’s be very prayerful for our fellow members who are in such difficult situations
  • persecution grows the church – hardship forces us to clarify our priorities & the right choices help our roots to go deep;  deep roots create great strength & healthy fruit
  • Gal 5:15 talks about being careful not to bite & devour each other – there’s enough external persecution that we don’t need to tear each other down;  let’s build up more than we cut down 🙂