The Separation of Church and Hate
October 25, 2020
This series is going to focus on:
1) Reaffirming our ultimate allegiance is to Jesus, the King of Kings
2) Realizing we can disagree politically, yet love one another unconditionally
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35 NIV)
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
1st priority: Be quick to listen.
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
“If we want to be a people who bring hope and healing to a broken culture, with the message of Jesus, we must be willing to scoot over to make room at the table for anyone, no matter who they might be.”—Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics by Eugene Cho
2nd priority: Be slow to speak.
Let your speech always be gracious, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you are to respond to each person. (Colossians 4:6 NASB)
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:27 ESV)
3rd priority: Be slow to become angry.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV)
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (James 1:21 NLT)
-Keep your standards high and your grace deep.
…so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. (2 Timothy 4:2 MSG)
-Accept people without approving of their behavior.
While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)
-Never let the tone get contentious.
-Look for opportunities to build bridges and care for people every chance you get.