Drawing the Sword
“Do you know what hurts so very much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.” Corrie ten BoomIndifference is a plague that can easily strike us down without even realizing it. Different issues, and problems become unimportant because they do not directly effect us. We start to feel discouraged, and lose hope, believing the lie that one person could not make that much of a difference anyway. Or we honestly don't want to rock the boat and question the status quo.
As I sit here thinking about all the unrest in our world, my mind can not help but think about the early church, specifically in the book of Acts. The people at Thessalonica accused two men of turning the world upside down. That is amazing to me! A group of men had such an impact on the world around them, that they were turning it upside down. What could they have been doing that caused such an uproar? I love this sermon quote from C. H. Spurgeon:
The Apostles were not the disturbers of states. It is true, they preached that which would disturb the sinful constitution of a kingdom and which would disturb the evil practices of false priests, but they never meant to set men in an uproar. They did come to set men at arms with sin; they did draw the sword against iniquity; but against men as men, against kings as kings, they had no battle; it is with iniquity and sin, and wrong everywhere, that they proclaimed an everlasting warfare. But still, brethren, there is many a true word spoken in jest, we say, and surely there is many a true word spoken in malice. They said the Apostles turned the world upside down. They meant by that, that they were disturbers of the peace. But they said a great true thing; for Christ's gospel does turn the world upside down. It was the wrong way upwards before, and now that the gospel is preached, and when it shall prevail, it will just set the world right by turning it upside down.
Looking forward from today, what needs to change in our lives to love others intentionally? When the strongest force in the world is being blocked, will we earnestly ask God for another route for that love to travel? Wherever this new year may lead us, let us not be afraid to draw the sword against iniquity and sin.