Gospel or Guillotine?

Christians, those who disagree with you aren’t “fools” and “idiots” that are obstacles in your way. They aren’t Goliaths that need to be slain. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…” (Eph. 6:12). We are all Goliaths that need to die to self and be raised by the grace of God.

 

While the political climate has this nation going at each other’s throats, stand for what you believe in, but in doing so make sure you’re not actually “kicking against the goads” and going against the mission of Jesus Christ. Often we’re more comfortable drawing a sword against those that disagree with us rather than sharing the gospel (Mat. 26:51-52). Why is that? Is that the bold power of Christ working in us or is it the power of self controlling our emotions? I can speak for myself in saying that I’ve struggled with some emotions even recently that is not of God. I want to lash out, hurt, and draw battle lines. They are emotions that look to cause further division rather than build bridges.

 

If those we disagree with are hungry, we have been called to feed them “and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink… to not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:20-21). It’s easy to hurt. It takes much more strength to heal. That strength only comes through the power of Christ working in us.

 

God forgive me for slaying those I’m supposed to be reaching. Help me to lay my life on the line for your mission in the world. “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). Thank you for your grace when I have failed to do so.

 

We can stand for what we believe in without succumbing the methods of battle in this world. The worse thing that can happen is that we suffer for doing what Christ did. Many of us would suffer for our nation in a heart beat, how much more the mission of our Master!

 

“For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:19-24).

Author: Scott Hescht

I serve as the lead Pastor of the Haven Community Church. My wife Courtney and I have two children, Zane and Daxton. I love reading, writing, graphic design, and pretty much all things creative. Bring up the topic of sports and you’ve got a friend for life. I also love to teach and preach God’s Word to anyone who will listen. I strive to be a constant learner as well, understanding that education isn’t something that we receive, but rather a lifelong journey. Above all, I strive to be a friend to those around me, seeking to be a light for Christ despite my own shortcomings. I have a BFA at Stephen F. Austin State University and a MA in Christian Leadership at Luther Rice Seminary. Prior to establishing The Haven in 2012, I have served as a pastor at Life Spring Church and an elder at Freedom Fellowship Church. In addition to pastoring the Haven, I serve on the board for Relationships for Christ Ministries, a missions organization working in Africa and Latin America.

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