Demons are not Divine
Rattling around in Satan’s tool box are highly specialized “tools”. Satan doesn’t use pry bars and sledge hammers to divide us; he uses demonic spirits like self-righteousness, criticism, judgementalism, false accusations and intolerance.
At least here in Texas, those nasty tools have been very effective to divide and conquer Christian communities. From my vantage point, it seems the presidential primary race spawned a wave of self-righteousness, leaving behind a debris field of sharp division among church-going Republicans.
Last weekend I saw first-hand, up close and personal, an example of all the above named tools set up on a “political workbench” in our Rockwall County Library. The finished product wasn’t something I would want to come out of my home workshop: ‘divine slander’.
Crossroads of Politics and Religion
God gave us ten simple commandments for our faith. California Republicans gave us an eleventh fully compatible with the aforementioned ten. Speakers frequently attribute that Eleventh Commandment to Ronald Reagan; while he was not its source, he popularized it.
“Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican.”
The Bible has nothing good to say about self-righteousness and slander.
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. – Proverbs 10:18
During this 2012 election season, a wave of lies, slanders and misrepresentations divided our community and weakened our political influence. Bridges have been forever burned, relationships forever soured.
Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize – The Blessings of God
Blessings and cursings are the product of one’s heart. “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”, said Jesus. His brother James admonished, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
Trustworthy candidates tout their respective qualifications. They don’t slander opponents.
Jesus made very clear: we reap what we sow.
Let’s sow honor to reap honor. Let’s sow truth to reap truth.
Rockwall County Elections Office opens July 23 through July 27 for early voting. Election Day is July 31. For more information, refer to the Elections Office website at http://rockwall-tx.connect4.clarityelections.com/