Descent Into Fear, Part 1

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by jcwill5

I recently listened to a presenter speak about “Mental Health First-Aid”–how to initially help someone suffering from mental illness and direct them to deeper help.

One thing the presenter mentioned was how anxiety was a major component of all mental illness.

Whatever problem they have, underneath they are afraid.

And their fears stress, distress, and oppress them–driving them to “act up” and “act out”.

It made me think about how most “normal” people also have numerous fears that reside in their hearts.

A person, group, or nation obsessed with security is a fearful person, group, or nation.

So what are we so afraid of?  Why are we so afraid so often?  How come we allow our fears to steal our confidence, erode our strength, and destroy our joy?

Part of the answer lies in understanding the proper function of fear.

In other words, fear is designed to protect and preserve our lives from legitimate, real dangers.

It gives us proper caution, motivates us to take wise precautions, and avoid unnecessary, avoidable dangers that we might live and go on doing good in this life.

Bravery is not fearlessness or foolhardiness, it’s doing the right but dangerous things despite our very real fears.

So we do not shame our fears or hastily accuse ourselves of cowardice.

Instead, we weigh them and do not allow fear to rule us.

But if we’re going to live brave, courageously good lives, we need something more.

Part of the answer lies in having the right kind of fear.

Holy fear is also known as the fear of the Lord.

We come before the Almighty and properly tremble from a position of abs0lute vulnerability and utter defenselessness in His presence.

We come before the Holy One and shake in our boots as an offending sinner who is liable to the full, undiluted wrath of an aroused righteous Judge.

We come before the Infinite and are undone by how small, insignificant, and lowly we are before the Most High God.

Our bloated ego is collapsed, our defenses have fallen, our secrets are exposed and we cannot escape.

So we tremble and shake and fear the worst….and are forgiven, loved, and embraced as child instead.

God’s love becomes our strength

This kind of encounter with God raises our respect for Him to the heights and our love for Him to the heavens.

It creates a kind of super-security in His all-conditions-satisfying love, in His final pronouncement of mercy over us.

And in the super-security of His redemptive, Cross-bearing, super-love for sinners, we can look anyone or anything in the eye without flinching or quailing.

The greatest, right kind of fear has driven out and displaced the lesser, ego-based, self-absorbed, wrong kind of fear.

It births in our spirit a kind of humble, holy courage that can turn the world upside down.

It sets us free.

Instead of running from God and allowing our unholy fears to drive our lives to distraction and worse, we run to God and expose our worst and tremble before Him afresh.

And are loved again.

And are freed again–a little more deeply, in a large swath of our soul, in more areas of our lives.

The process of being de-feared and re-loved is one we experience repeatedly throughout our lives under God.

He makes our fears worse so He can make them better.

He amplifies our anxieties, worsens our worries, and brings fear-roots to the surface.

So He can love us and free us and craft a pillar of iron within us.

So He can send us on increasingly dangerous and increasingly fruitful missions behind enemy lines.

Then we become c0-laborers with Him, the glove His hand fills and does wonders through.

Which is why He created us in the first place.

In part two, we’ll go even deeper and I’ll share some hard won insights into my own long battle with deepest fears.

 

Freeing Ourselves From Anger’s Tyranny

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2015 by jcwill5

Unresolved anger is like a raging forest fire that creates its own weather.

Starting as a small spark, it grows to the point where, like a firestorm, it draws in the air of new offenses, fresh grievances, and additional injustices to contend against.

That’s why anger is a dangerously disguised tyrant.

It can take over an entire life until only anger is left.

It can destroy all relationships until only conflict is left.

This person ends up utterly enslaved to anger, no longer knows how to not be angry, and cannot easily escape the thrall of anger.

Their life becomes like a completely burned over, ashen forest where nothing green grows anymore.

So what can we do to “not go there”?

First, be very slow to anger.

Most folks don’t intend to hurt us, or may mean something very different than what we perceive.

Our own issues, and/or simple misunderstandings, are a part of life and we all have a problem with taking things personally that aren’t meant personally.

So we let it go and choose to not be angry about it–because all anger boils down to giving ourselves permission to be angry.

We therefore choose to rarely give ourselves such permission.

Second, once angry has a place in our hearts, resolve it quickly.

This can be done three ways.

Anger can be resolved by choosing to bear the cost of injustice “on our dime”.

We call this forgiveness.

Forgiveness happens when we first realize we ourselves have been forgiven enormously by God and understand that our own offenses cost Jesus Christ His life on the Cross.

Compared to our enormous debt, we’re dealing with petty offenses and small debts most of the time.

Forgiveness places another person’s offense upon Christ and sees Christ being perfectly punished for what they did.

He then turns to us and asks, “Have I suffered enough for their sins?  Or not?”

Since God is completely satisfied their injustice has been resolved, Christ’s resolution becomes our resolution of unresolved injustices that torment us and cry out for revenge.

Anger can be resolved by going directly and quickly to the other person to resolve the injustice.

It’s why the Bible counsels us to not let the sun go down on our anger.

Direct resolution is where we settle our differences by working through injustices that hurt, or by recognizing there are two legitimate viewpoints and then agreeing to disagree.

We call this kind of resolution peace-making.

It’s where we agree about what was wrong and who was wrong, or, if that’s not possible, agreeing to allow for and accept genuine differences of perspective, opinion, and needs.

It’s also where we stop repeating our tale of woe to third parties, and stop looking for allies to join our cause and stop deputizing them to punish our enemies.

If we demand or require agreement with our own point of view from other human beings with wills and views of their own, then we’re trapped in the fallacy that the only acceptable resolution to conflict is their completely agreeing with us.

Thankfully, we don’t need them to see it our way, adopt our point of view, or agree with our complaint.

We don’t need to convince the whole world we’re in the right, we’re the victim and they’re the villain, and polarize the situation.

Instead, we work for mutual understanding and a mutual walking in the other person’s shoes to feel what they feel and learn why they did what they did.

Anger can be resolved by doing something positive to correct the injustice.

We call this kind of resolution turning anger into constructive action.

The Bible puts it this way, “Do not repay evil for evil, but overcome evil with good”. (Rom. 12)

It’s like the athlete who’s fouled by an opponent that goes out and plays the game of his or her life.

It’s like the victim of injustice creating a support group for fellow sufferers, or lobbying successfully to get a legal loophole closed.

It’s like a persecuted Christian who chooses to display concern for a secret police guard, who does good towards a hostile village that attacked him or her, or who forgives the person that turned them in.

Instead of attacking the unrepentant person, they respond in such a way as to no longer reward evil but make evil less pleasant, less profitable, and less effective for evil-doers.

In other words, make sure evil backfires and results in an unintended, greater good.

If all of us practiced these things, we would all know much more personal peace, embroil our circle of relationships in far less conflict, and lead happier and holier lives that bear sweet instead of bitter fruit.

There is a solution.

Magic Happens Here

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2015 by jcwill5

I have a dear friend who is gifted in seeing things other people don’t see.

He was trying to help someone with recruiting for their organization, and drew two stick men on a white board.

“The stick man over here on this side knows nothing about your organization, and the stick man over on this side is inside your organization and knows it as an insider.”

“How does the ignorant guy over here first learn about your organization?”

The other person replied, “When they show up to an outreach event at our organization!”

“Showing up at your door is one of the final steps of the journey.”

Then my friend draw a box around all the distance between the stranger and the doorstep of the organization, and wrote, “Magic happens here”.

“Your approach to recruiting assumes, “Magic happens all the way from total ignorance to showing up at your doorstep for one of your events”, doesn’t it?”

The guy was dumbfounded.

“You’re right!  I’ve never seen that before, but you’re right!”

Fast forward to most Evangelical churches in the USA, use the same two stick figures (stranger and insider) in a diagram, draw a box around all the distance between the stranger and the threshold of the church.

And you could write inside of it, “Magic happens here!”

In the USA culture, we use non-personal promotional methods to do our relating for us.

We hope info bombardment and having exciting events will convince strangers to come of their own volition to our door, but it’s not happening.

Magic Happens Here.

Actually, you could write, “Laziness, indifference, distancing, self-absortion, and fear of personal involvement happen here!”

We are relationally broken people, raised by our devices, trained to relate to a virtual world at a safe distance from all human contact and in control of all levels of contact.

Which gives the impression that relationships happen magically.

And even if we were raised by “good Christian parents” in “good churches”, the attractional model of church and community is event-driven and very non-relational.

We’ve been raised in the faith on impersonal, low-touch, low-involvement methods happening in a highly controlled, scripted environment.

And it’s not only not working, it’s actually killing us.

What if, instead of “Magic happens here” inside the box, we could confidently write “Agape love happens here”?

What if we befriended strangers, listened to their life stories, cared for them emotionally and met their physical needs, over and over, again and again, month after month?”

They would soon learn Whose we are and then who we are through repeated first-hand encounters.

Through us, they would progress from complete ignorance and alienation towards beloved connection, from being known and loved by no one towards being loved by the Greatest Someone of them all.

The truth is “Magic happens here” really means “Nothing happens here”.

Strangers remain strangers, potential friends in real life remain potential, the lonely are not embraced and the lost are not found and brought home.

Churches are beginning to empty.

The dying are not being replaced by newly reborn people.

We try harder and harder to work the impersonal magic happens here model, and are getting worse and worse results.

Organizational wizardry, monumental pageantry, and phenomenal programming simply cannot do what in-the-flesh love all week long can do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nagms4lV8Y&spfreload=10That’s why, in the “Agape love happens here” approach, the opposite happens

Agape Love Happens Here

In this approach, God’s people are deployed and activated in their everyday lives, where they build intentional, redemptive, caring relationships.

Gaps are bridged.  Distance starts to be erased.

At the very end of a long, loving process, we might even bring them to the church service.

But, by that time, they will have already met Jesus and been made part of our small circle of redemptive friends.

And it happens one person at at time reaching one person at a time outside and far away from the church’s walls.

Notice that, in this approach, strangers become new friends, the lonely find God’s indwelling presence and a new kind of healing family, and we all find ourselves on the inside…together!

Oh, did I mention the fact that this was how the church grew in the 1st Century under the Roman Empire.

Oh, did I mention that this is how they practice evangelism all over the Third World.

Oh, did I mention that Jesus practiced this very approach to strangers, and was how He bridged the gap between heaven and the fallen world of people.

So I humbly suggest it’s time to completely abandon the non-relational, impersonal, “Magic Happens Here” approach to outreach, trash the attractional model of church life and growth, and return our biblical roots instead.

We might find what they’re finding all over the Third World–the faith grows exponentially through messy, everyday, high-relational caring done by ordinary believers far from church walls over a long period of time.

Fighting Christians

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2015 by jcwill5

Some people are addicted to a good fight.

They love it so much that times of peace make them restless, and they almost don’t know how to live without an enemy.

So they seek out a new one–usually closer to home.

Still other people love taking sides in a fight.

They divide the world into villains and victims, into oppressors and underdogs.

Then they champion the underdog and do everything in their power to punish the villain.

They see themselves as the hero of the story, in other words.

And they live in a world of endless triangles–victim, villain, hero.

Then they go to church!

And they either embroil the church in new conflicts, or they amplify, intensify, and fuel existing conflicts.

In other words, they are the opposite of peace-makers who bring people together to resolve, heal, and forgive offenses.

They are the war-makers.

They see the chief purpose of the faith as fighting against someone or something.

And when they can’t make any headway in the culture around them, they’ll find villains inside the church to target and make war upon.

The real issue behind their anger is fear, the fear of losing control.

So they gain control by generating conflicts and keeping fights going.

But rather than helping the cause they claim to uphold, they end up devouring their own and becoming religious cannibals.

As the Apostle Paul warned, “If you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.” (Gal. 5)

So what does one look for?  How can this kind of thing be spotted and corrected?

The first thing to look for is surrogate fights–where we’re fighting about something cultural inside the church (clothes, music, etc.) that symbolizes what the fighters hate about the culture at large outside the church.

They can’t stop changes in the culture or punish guilty parties for ruining their nation, but they can resist change in the church and punish people in the church who want to make those changes.

Therefore, we look for people who turn other people into symbols of what they dislike, and who stop treating them like human beings and like Christian brothers and sisters.

We look for those who give themselves permission to go on the warpath against their brother and sisters, and who give themselves permission to do anything and everything–however unchristian–in the name of winning the fight.

The other tell-tale sign of unholy war-making is taking up the conflicts of other people.

This is called co-belligerency, and is a form of co-dependency and busybodyism.

If they start to list the complaint of third parties, to speak for “unnamed others”, and gather offenses like lint-collectors, you have a war-maker and not a peace-maker.

The fact is they have no authority, ability, or moral sanction to take up the sins of other people and extract payment from those they see as the villains.

I say this because the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ carried the sins of the whole world.

He is the only Victim now, being supremely victimized on the Cross.

He is the only Hero now, the only Savior who saves those who are lost.

He is the only Sin-bearer and surrogate Villain who stood in our place and who took all our deserved punishment.

He alone bears your sins, my sins, and the sins of all people we think are life’s villains.

He alone is the judge.

He alone puts people in their place, rights all wrongs, and resolves all evils.

And when we take these roles and functions away from Him, we become petty false messiahs who falsely pretend to carry the sins of others and who falsely pretend to resolve injustices.

The truth remains is all of us are villains (sinners), all of us are victims of our own and others’ sins, and all of us desperately need a Savior to right our sin-wrongs and heal our sin-wounds.

So when people are acting up or acting out their own soul’s problems through church fights, what they need most is to bring their unresolved soul-crud to Christ for real resolution.

Stop turning others into symbols of what you hate, and stop taking up the offenses and grievances of others, and come to Christ instead.

He’s the only one who can help any of us, and what we need most isn’t to win our fights but to surrender our frightened, out-of-control, toxic little souls to Him and let Him really, really love us there for a long, long time, again and again.

Fighting other believers is a tell-tale sign we’re really fighting against Him.

And when we stop fighting the painful grace He wants to give us, we’ll find our fights against others largely go away, too.

When the Toxic Twins Go to Church

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2015 by jcwill5

Toxic, antagonistic people can be found in all shapes and sizes.

They inhabit every political party, live in every region of the country, and comprise about 2% of every group.

They are highly attracted to religion, and often use the faith to infiltrate and establish themselves in positions of trust and control.

Then they cause all manner of trouble, sow all kinds of division, and bring the faith itself into a bad name in the wider, onlooking community.

That’s why it’s important to understand there is such a thing as a toxic person disguising him- or herself as an upstanding Christian.

The Bible calls them “savage wolves” and “perverse men” (Acts 20), and warns leaders to guard against them.

Far too often we leaders protect the wolves from consequences and fail to protect the sheep from further harm.

That’s why it’s an important subject for all leaders in every church to understand, anticipate, mitigate, and strongly protect the flock whenever antagonism rears its ugly head.

So what does one look for?

1) Borderline People.

Borderline people seek merge with and lose themselves in a leader–usually replaying what happened in their toxic home growing up.

They idolize the leader and then demonize the leader, undulating from one extreme to the other.

They often begin by saddling up to a leader when they arrive in town, buttering them up and using all matter of flattery to win him or her to “their side” before anyone else can get to them.

A common saying in pastoral circles is, “Beware the person who picks you up at the airport.”

Borderlines see all authorities as a threat and use flattery and pampering to neutralize that threat.

They want to monopolize the affections and attentions of the leader, often to the point of enticing and seducing the leader if that leader is of the opposite gender.

They will often over-volunteer, offer to do heroic favors or give inordinate gifts, and seek to become the leader’s favorite.

They pose as your best friend and greatest champion, but are really a Judas in disguise.

The key to spotting them is they always expect special treatment in return.

The change happens when you say no one of their inappropriate requests or deny them favored status.

Just look at them funny and, in a heart-beat, they become the leader’s worst enemy and use everything they think they’ve seen or known about the leader to destroy them.

As you can imagine, if borderline people are not spotted and kept at arm’s length, if their gifts are not refused and if not kept from positions of trust, they can do incredible damage to an entire organization.

One antagonistic, borderline person can keep an organization embroiled in months or years of repeated conflicts.

2) Narcissistic People

They key to understanding narcissist people is their complete lack of empathy.

Other people, in their world, have no feelings of their own.   They can only feel as the narcissist feels.

All humanity must therefore bow to the narcissist’s wishes and has no right to deny them anything.

So if the narcissist feels OK about abusing his or her spouse, their spouse should be OK with it, too.

If the narcissist feels OK with using their church position to rape kids or embezzle funds, then nobody should have a problem with it.

If the narcissist feels like a church or leader should be punished, they will never stop punishing them and will never understand how hurtful their words and actions are.

Compassion and mercy are entirely lacking in their make-up, and they are often charming and very persuasive at first when they are in the acquisition mode.

But once they secure that person or position they want, they treat others like dirt and feel entitled to take whatever they want from others.

Their position becomes “theirs” and turf-protecting is their obsession.

So they cause a disproportionate amount of moral and financial scandals in churches.

The narcissist, too, loves to gain positions of trust and control.

They are unmasked, however, whenever conflict arises and, especially, when their since of control/entitlement is threatened with public exposure.

Since image is everything to the narcissist, public exposure of their misdeeds is a declaration of war–a life-or-death struggle to hold onto their good guy image.

As they see it, they will try to destroy a leader before a leader can expose them for what they are.

So, like the borderline person, they’ll suddenly turn antagonistic and have no “off switch” when it comes to conflict.

How does one spot the toxic twins in the church early on?

Simply ask:  what is this person like when they are in conflict with someone?  Have they ever been involved in church conflicts before? What role did they play in the conflict?

The chances are they have been antagonistic towards leaders before, and nobody has had the wits or the guts to call them on it.

These troubled souls need professional help, not appeasement or enabling their cycles to continue.

But often, “nice people” in church leadership repeatedly fail to draw boundaries, and refuse to enact disciplinary proceedings against anyone.

Avoiding the conflict guarantees the worst kinds of conflicts will happen over and over and over again.

A final question therefore to ask is this:  when your leadership team came under attack by the antagonistic repeat offender or offenders, how well did you do at protecting them from abuse?

Again, people-pleasing, conflict-avoiding leadership is a necessary companion to unchecked, repeated antagonism-based conflicts in the church.

We can have all the most marvelous programs and try all the latest outreach methods, but our declining churches will never be healed until the toxic 2%–with all their conflicts and scandals– are faithfully purged from our ranks.

Busybody Christians

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2015 by jcwill5

We have a problem in far too many churches.

They are full of busybodies.

A busybody is someone who continuously pokes their nose into the affairs of others, instead of attending to their own affairs.

Then they trade tales of other people’s faults and failings with other busybodies.

You find them liberally dispensing their opinion about what others are doing wrong (behind their backs), and pontificating about how the other person could do better if they only did what the busybody thought they should.

Hence, busybodies are usually gossips and slanderers as well.

They create a lot of sorrow in their wake, and, note this, are never a part of the solution.

But it may surprise us to know that the Apostle Paul commanded God’s people to not go around from house to house, trading tales, and acting like busybodies.

Instead we were to work hard, attend to our own business, and live a quiet and peaceable life in the sight of our neighbors.

Yet being a busybody is one of those socially acceptable sins that’s tolerated in far too many churches.

It’s hard to spot, rarely identified, and almost never called out.

It’s also destructive to our Christian witness in a pagan society.

Far too often, and often for the best of reasons, we end up being our culture’s public busybodies.

We condemn pagans for thinking, speaking, and acting like pagans, and tell the whole world about what we think about them.

We call it “being prophetic” or “taking a bold stand” but it’s really just being an opinionated, petty little busybody.

Busybodies shut down honest dialogues, sabotage genuine seeking, and erect barriers instead of bridges.

Their mouths are therefore ruinous in the long run to the life and faith and witness of the church.

But they justify it and consider it their moral duty to point out the wrong of others and tell others what they ought to be doing–not realizing they have no credibility at all.

As Jesus put it, “Why do you point out the speck in your brother’s eye when you have a log in your own eye?”

Our modern word for busybody is co-dependency.

Busybodies are people who take over the problems of others, who dispense pressure-filled advice to instantly fix and resolve all unresolved pain, and who fail to observe healthy boundaries.

They specialize in uninvited, personal space-invading, over-helpfulness that creates dependency in the one being helped and indispensability in the one helping.

These need-to-be-needed folks are often praised as compassionate when, in fact, they are compulsive fixers and toxic busybodies.

And the reason why is because they have never faced their own unresolved pain, but diverted themselves from honest self-examination by taking over the problems of others.

They take over the fights of other people, promote an “us vs. them” approach to life, and play the hero for others as the underdog’s champion.

They divide the world into villains and victims, then punish villains and pamper victims.

But it’s a sham.

When the people they put on a pedestal disappoint them, when the folks they’re trying to help don’t need them or say no to them, they turn against them in a heartbeat.

Thwarting their fixing is like taking an addict’s drug away from them–the mask of compassion comes off and their vicious, unresolved, toxic interior comes to light.

We often find them in heroic, all-by-myself positions of ministry leadership where all efforts to help them are sabotaged.

They always volunteer for too many ministries and therefore under-staffed churches and programs love them–until they burnout and disappear from the scene and cause the ministry to collapse.

Whether it’s the gossiping kind of busybody or the over-helping, heroic kind of busybody, our churches are full of these untreated, unidentified, sick souls.

They have no business advising, fixing, or leading others.  But they are often entrenched and difficult to dislodge.

It takes a brave church leadership to address the busybodies.

Great wisdom is needed identify these busybody symptoms, to gently and firmly redirect these folks to get help for their true, unresolved soul problems, and to repair the damage that unchecked busybodies have done.

But if we want to become credible again, if we want the gospel to become believable again, we have no other choice than to end the reign of the busybody in the life of the church.

UnChristian Political Christians

Posted in Humble musings on today's culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by jcwill5

Several years back, during the days of Bill Clinton, I and another leader were visiting an elderly couple in their home.

The husband was railing against Bill Clinton and launched into frequent tirades against the man personally (not his policies).

I replied, “I’m not comfortable with your attitude, brother.  Paul, even in the face of an abusive leader, quoted the Bible, saying, “You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.”

He fell silent while his wife, who had to listen to it every day, nodded her head sadly.

The Verses We Ignore

There’s a strain of teaching in the New Testament that undercuts human raging, evil speaking, and disrespecting those in authority.

Peter said, “Honor the emperor”. (1 Pet. 4)  And the emperor  in power was Nero.

Paul said, “Submit yourselves to the governing authorities” (Rom. 13) on the heels of “Do not repay evil for evil, but leave room for the judgment of God.” (Rom. 12)

In other words, the early Christians refrained from making it personal when persecuted by those in authority.

They did not attack government policies or lead a political/military rebellion.

The Alternative

The early Christians lived out a counter-culture of loving those groups paganism neglected, practicing joyful holiness, and exposing the follies of the pagan gods.

They suffered bravely and their joyous songs of faith in the Arena haunted even the most hard-bitten Roman soldiers.

Short of worshipping the emperor, they honored him and were model citizens.

The only issue remaining, the only bone of contention, was Christ Himself.

They refused to engage in the cruel, inhuman, or immoral practices of paganism, while sharing their message of salvation through Jesus Christ in the very centers of paganism.

They would worship nobody and nothing else–not the Emperor, or the Genius of Rome, or any pagan deity.

They suffered for THAT and ONLY THAT.

They ran afoul of authorities and were in conflict the State only when it touched upon Christ.

But what about us?

How is our attitude towards President Obama or Congress?  Our state governor or legislature?  Our local city and county and school leaders?

In the name of defending what we consider a Christian society or Christian values, have we been contradicting the very teachings of Christ and the Apostles by our foul attitudes, vicious words, and angry interactions with our pagan opponents?

Do we routinely speak evil of a ruler of our people?

I’m not saying there isn’t vast room to disagree with policies, engage in every kind of democratic process, or elect those who will produce the best kind of society in a fallen world.

What I am saying is our constant undercurrent of political hostility is losing the battle for hearts and minds and making it rather difficult for people to see any tangible difference in our hearts, mouths, and lives.

An Invitation

I would like to invite my Christian friends who have fallen into this error to enter a season of fasting from news shows and practicing public silence on political matters.

Instead, let’s have a season of self-examination before the Lord.

Let’s accept the fact that we live in a pagan society, stop expecting pagans to think like or vote like Christians, and focus on praying for, caring for, and sharing our Christ with the victims of paganism.

Where we have spoken evil against or cursed leaders, let us repent of it and tell our community of our propensity and find healing accountability that we might be free.

And we may well find that humility and heart of listening and prayer to be our most powerful statement we can possibly make about our Lord in such a time as this.

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