When I think about the plight of our country from the standpoint as a follower of Jesus Christ, I cannot help but weep. As a follower of Jesus Christ I am appalled at the inhuman treatment of human beings that is occurring at the borders and of the silence of us as Christians.
Jesus Christ has called all His followers to be the salt and light of this world. We are to let our light shine before the world so that they can see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
As Edmund Burke and Abraham Lincoln once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” A similar quote came from Martin L. King Jr.: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Don’t get me wrong, I know that nothing happens outside of God’s will. All authority is given by God and we as Believers are subjected to those authorities. We are to respect those in authority, even if they are evil.
With that, I believe God is dealing with His people. As a believer, we often believe that God is dealing with people who don’t know Him as Savior. However, I believe that He is calling His people to pray for revival in the land.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be followers of light not darkness and followers of truth not lies. Could it be as Romans 1:25 reflects, ‘Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature (who God created) more than the Creator, who is blessed forever’ Amen.
Or could it be as Acts 28:26-27 26 Saying, go unto this people, and say, hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
As followers of Jesus Christ, is our behavior in line with God’s Word? Are we following the teachings of Jesus Christ?
Matthew 25:35-40 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 And the King will answer them; ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, [a] you did it to me.’
In closing Micah 6:8 ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God’?
Susie Johnson is a Sebring resident. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily that of the Highlands News-Sun.