Deliver My Trap From Evil
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
Let me be the first to say – “Oh happy day,” this election is over! For the next week there might be some semblance of peace. Did you get that? For the next week, I said. That’s because now that the election is over we wait patiently for the next round of know-it-all’s to start back up again over the next American uproar. The most humorous thing about this election is the idea that it has brought out the worst in people. I’m not certain I agree with that statement. Speaking for myself, I have not posted one nasty comment on social-media about this election. I have several very sweet friends and they haven’t posted one nasty comment on social-media. I also have very sweet friends who have lovingly posted their thoughts on social-media. But then I am friends with people on social-media who are typically abrasive, and rude; and they’ve posted numerous hateful, ignorant, idiotic, racist, post about this election – every day, all day! Some of these people consider themselves Christian.
I wish someone could explain to me what a Christian should look like because maybe I’ve missed it. We know God will judge evil, but I am confused as to how many of us have concluded the evil deeds we engage in are excused? Yes, God wants us to be mindful of living in sin. God wants us to live according to His will. But who can stand up and say God appointed them the dictator of everyone else’s evil? Who can say God told them it’s okay to sin in their anger? The Bible tells us in our anger do not sin, so we know God will never tell someone to commit evil in His name. In Jeremiah, God condemns Israel for their sin. Throughout its entire book God is lovingly telling Israel what they have done and His coming judgement.
Jeremiah 2: 5 “They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.”
Jeremiah 2:22 “Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of it, the stain of your guilt is still before me.”
(Regarding Leaders) Jeremiah 5:12 “They have lied about the Lord; they said, He will do nothing!”
Jeremiah 11:3 “Tell them this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant.”
But what will happen when, and if, Israel returns to the Lord?
Jeremiah 31:3 “Israel, I will always love you; that’s why I’ve been so patient and kind. You are precious to me, and so I will rebuild your nation.”
All throughout the Bible God makes awareness of sin. He pronounces judgement of sin, but ultimately He wants us restored back to Him. He loves us. He wants our land healed. He covets our prayers. Our character is on display when we exercise our freedom of speech in a hateful manner in the name of Jesus Christ. Just because the capacity to unleash every thought that comes to mind to six-hundred people at once is at the touch of a button, it doesn’t mean we should. Proverbs 29:11 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.” It also doesn’t mean we cannot stand up for injustice. Think of the many respectable men and women in our world. How many of them can you name who behaved like belligerent fools? Think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Billy Graham. They both had passionate pleas for America, but how often were they caught using their platform to degrade others who did not agree with their stance?
One day, while conversing with a young man, I explained to him who I was voting for, and why. I explained to him what the Bible says and why I feel the way I feel. He did not agree with my position. But the most amazing thing happened during the conversation – he listened. He did not interrupt me. He heard every word I said. Probably because I wasn’t making him feel silly for his beliefs. (Maybe I planted a seed within his soul) How often in your campaign for justice are you lovingly sharing your views with others one-on-one? How often are you sharing Biblical truths? How often are your trying to resemble Jesus Christ as you stand up for what’s right?
The election is over. Next week it will be something new. You either live for Christ or not. You either have both feet in the door, or you don’t. God wants justice. He wants peace. He wants healing for our land. He wants His children to live according to His will. We cannot move forward in evil. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” You cannot call yourself a follower of Christ and spread a message of hate by mistreating others who disagree with you. Don’t blame the election on bad behavior. Yes, we all experience bad behavior as Christians. But we all know deep within our hearts when we truly are doing our best to live for Christ, verses ungodly living. Stand up for inequity the right way by turning back to God – and seek His leadership for justice.