I spent decades in slavery to this world. To its labels, its ideals, its impossible expectations, its vicious, fear inducing, family destroying, joy stealing lies. Years as a slave to this world’s addictions, its vanity, pride, and lust, its wicked excuses, and the way it has broken the hearts of everyone that lives in and of it. It is the world and it’s ruler Satan that hurts us and lets us down, not God.
So when you’ve just come out of a decades long coma like I have and you’re so broken by the ways of this world, by the selfishness and hedonism that plagues society, there is but one thing left to do. You must surrender. All your power, control, fear, anxiety, shame, pride, vanity, lust, and guilt. Just hand it all over to God. And once you surrender, everything you thought you knew will fall away. The ideals of the ‘American Dream’ will fade. The people you once clung to may turn away. You may find yourself suddenly standing alone in this world. But there should be no fear, because the Lord has always stood with you, even when you didn’t see Him; Even when you turned your back on Him.
And I know now that a true, living faith means trusting my Savior and taking a step when He calls me out onto the water, no matter how painful and scary it is. No matter how despised I may become. I know that if I don’t allow Him into my life and trust in Him fully, then all I have to look forward to is eternal death without Him.
And He is all that I want.
So I’m done with fear, with playing small, with hiding who I am and whose I am. The destruction, toxicity, and lies that have been heaped upon this world and passed from one generation to the next must end and it’s time to fight back. And I am committed to fighting in the frontlines of this spiritual war. But this war cannot be won with weapons of fear and shame. There will be no victory from the loud, screaming voices of the raging masses. There will be no resolution from the violent, prideful battles that wage on in homes around this world. This battle is a quiet one; One that is being waged inside each of us at every moment. It is a war that can only be won by giving up all our insecurities and resentment and allowing Christ to fill you instead. The weapon that will win this war is meekness.
Meekness Not Weakness
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5
To live a holy life, to thirst for righteous, to be Christlike, is to be meek. But let me be clear, meekness does not equal weakness. It does not mean you are a doormat to be stomped down because you’re afraid of everyone. On the contrary, our meekness gives us strength and power. Meekness DOES mean humble, gentle, submissive, obedient, compliant, deferential, forgiving, unprotesting, and unresisting. It means ‘like Jesus’. And He Himself blesses the meek.
No where have I found in the Bible Jesus saying blessed are the prideful, the tyrants, the selfish, the egomaniacs, the greedy, the stubborn, the unforgiving. On the contrary, He told us all “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25).
Folks, I am a fallible human being. Just like you, I am a sinner. I make mistakes every day, and honestly, it took me almost three decades to be able to admit that. But the fact is, I do admit it now. I own my role in every situation I am involved in, for better or worse.
Why Are We So Offended?
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10
The idea that we have a right to NOT be offended is just plain silly. It is not only un-American, it is also unbiblical. On the contrary, I believe we have a divine right TO be offended, to have our egos challenged and die to ourselves daily. We can’t change and grow without being challenged, confronted, and convicted. This politically correct culture of self-pity and hurt feelings is not making this world a better place, it’s plunging it deeper into destruction.
The majority of our society now lives in a perpetual state of victimhood and no one seems to be willing to take responsibility for their own internal condition. I don’t see people running to take responsibility for the roles they play in a situation or own up to their own short comings. But the truth is, we all have a choice in how we react to the situations and people around us. In fact, it’s the only choice we have. That is where our free will truly gives us power.
But no, we cry for our personal freedoms then turn around and try to deny others their own in our very next breath. We’re constantly complaining and pointing a finger at someone else. But life doesn’t work that way my friends. The things around you are only going to change and get better if you stop making excuses for your own bad behavior. It’s not gonna happen by trying to force someone else to change to make you feel better. Your happiness has nothing to do with anyone but yourself and the perception of reality that you choose to live in.
But What About Feelings?
Your feelings are no more important than mine or the next persons. Please do not misunderstand me. I am NOT saying that you should not have feelings or be allowed to feel them. My point is, just because you have big feelings about something doesn’t make your feelings the only ones that matter. My biggest issue with this culture today is that everything is self-focused. Even compassionate acts are far too often done with ulterior motives. Ego motives, for our own glory and satisfaction and a desire to be recognized for doing good.
But What About Grace?
Yes. Grace all the way. But also truth. 100 percent grace and 100 percent truth. By all means we need more of both. What we don’t need it more narcissism and selfishness, which are indeed void of grace and truth. I do believe today’s culture has moved heavily in the direction of the ‘me me me’ mindset without much thought of true grace or any real truth. What I see over and over again is people screaming for free speech, equality, and compassion, but only for the voices that feed their own desires and stroke their egos. People want their own freedom to think and speak and live, but refuse to afford others the same right.
That behavior is the opposite of grace and truth, it’s oppression. And trying to fight oppression by oppressing someone else is just plain wrong. Far too many people believe they have a right to silence someone else just because they don’t agree with them or they are offended by the other person’s words.
Thank God for His grace, this world is in dire need of it… and a big dose of truth along with it. This world breaks my heart every day. I see people claiming ‘activism’ and ‘service’ in the name of many things including God but it’s littered with underlying agendas or simply because it makes them ‘feel good’ to be involved. But as soon as those feel good vibes are not there, they try to shut the situation down or they abandon the movement altogether.
Jesus promised us grace. He never promised us that we would be comfortable or not offended.
I’m sorry if this post comes off sounding mean, but I am upset. I’m upset about so many awful things and people who are so self-consumed in this world that they can’t even admit to their own role in a situation. We must all take responsibility for our own actions because self-pity is a luxury no one can afford. Not if we truly want to imitate Christ and live holy lives.