Editorial - Nov 22 2022 Let us Not Weary in Doing Good
TJN the Jesus network, it is time to change the planet, I spend a great deal of time watching the news, kind of an occupational hazard.
I’ve spent 43 years in journalism. And so that’s what I do. I watch the news. It’s my career. It’s, it’s what I do. And I can understand to help people that don’t consume news, quite as ferociously as I do, are sick and tired of it and just turn it off and say, I can’t deal with it. It’s just too much. It’s just too much bad news. It’s too much violence, it’s just too much, just too much.
It’s too much against values that we’ve hold held dear in America for decades.
what I want to share with you now is Galatians, chapter six, verse nine. And I believe we as Christians need to spend a lot of time in prayer and a lot of time in the Word of God.
Why? Because it’s God speaking to us through the ageless words of the Bible.
None of this has taken God by surprise. He knows that what’s going on now he’s knows what’s going to happen next. And we don’t.
And so in his love letter to us, he’s giving us advice. And he’s telling us how to live our lives. And he is telling us not to give up.
So we got to Galatians, six, nine, about bearing one another’s burdens. And the thing I love about this Galations 6:9 Let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season, we will reap if what we do not give up. So then as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are in the household of faith.
So in other words, don’t eat your own. Maybe a bad analogy, but I’ll use it anyway. Be kind to those in church. Often times, when things get really, really stressful, it’s easy to be critical of our brothers and sisters.
We’re under a lot of stress in America today in the world with all of the stuff going on. So let us come together as people of Christ, let us come together as Christians, let us look at building bridges.
I’m going to say it…………. across denominational lines, because we’re going to need to, gather the wagons around here and realize that we all are stronger together as the combined Church of Christ.
The church that calls Jesus Christ Lord.
Let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we will reap if we do not give up so then as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who have the household of faith.
In the final warning and benediction in this chapter in Galatians, six, Paul is writing to the church. I’m going to jump down to verse 14 here, but far be it for me to boast accepting the Christ accepting the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
For neither circumcision counts for anything, not uncircumcision but a new creation. Basically, he’s saying a in the church in Galatia. They were really bound up over this issue of circumcision, you know, if you’re not circumcised if you’re not of the Jewish race, and if you’re not circumcised, then you know you’re not you’re not in the “cool group”. Paul saying Listen, guys, it’s not circumcision, its Christ.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding and he will make your paths straight. certain scriptures in the Bible just constantly jumped out at me today as I listened to the news as a as I do commentaries for other platforms.
There’s just a lot of stuff out there today. But we need to always come back to the Word of God come back to our faith in Christ. I feel sorry for those folks who do not have an anchor that is Christ to hang on to in this world that is just in turmoil. Right now. God promises the peace that surpasses all understanding. As the world looks at us as Christians…… if we’re stirred up and and as angry and as lost as everyone else,. they’re gonna say, Well, what good is your God because you’re just as messed up as we are.
There’s an old saying, preach the gospel and all season. And if necessary, use words.
People are looking at how we’re responding, reacting to the world around us. As we especially as we push politically and as we push for issues that are near and dear to our hearts, like abortion, and same sex marriage and things that that we as Christians take, really seriously, Let us speak the truth and love.
It’s gonna be difficult, but let us do it. And let us do it with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. This is TJN, the Jesus network it is time to change the planet