Drama. The contest started, it was fun, exciting, I was getting to meet new people and discover new blogs and getting a chance to support the ones I love.
Then Pagan Soccer Mom started moving to the top. Things started shaking up. (Isnt it interesting that it takes us being shaken sometimes to start focusing on the mission God gave us, the Big mission, the "Great" one, the one we are Co-Missioned to. To take initative to share the gospel and make multiplying disciples. God shook up the believers in Acts (11:19-21) and as a result, "a great number who believed turned to the Lord." Things started shaking, enter drama. Heated and hurtful but also caring and understanding comments were being made over at Time Warp Wifes Facebook thread (which Pagan soccer mom posted on her blog). Drama.
Normally when I think of drama I think of it in a negative way, but what's wrong with drama? Isn't God's story dramatic. And God is writing this story. He is the Author.
A worthy of your time read!
Us vs Them
"They" are not the enemy. They are ladies, wives, mothers... people created in the image of God. People dearly loved more than we could imagine, by the Giver of Life. They are misunderstood and have been hurt and possibly isolated for what they believe. Perhaps cut off from people who could give the very truth that could give ultimate Life. We can't afford to have an us vs them attitude. Jesus didn't. I think of the prostitute that Jesus let wash His feet with her oil. She was ostricized, but Jesus didn't see her for what she "did", but saw her. A person, someone His heart broke for, someone He was passionate about.
If we stand face to face in opposition with people who need (and in some cases want) to hear God's offer for them, how can they receive it? When we seek to understand and communicate with respect because people are valuable, people hear.
What do I do with these emotions?
With hundreds of women in this contest, I'm not going to assume we all feel the same way. But when we live by our emotions instead of by what God says its true, well, it can just be bad news. So if you are feeling anything you're not sure what to with...
Ask yourself 4 questions:
What are you feeling?
What are you thinking that is leading to that feeling?
What does your feeling show you you're believing about God?
What's true about God?
I feel scared.
Because I think, "What if our opportunity to have a Christian presence to 6 million other moms is illiminated?" "What if these 6 million women only have exposure to is pagan or witch blogs?"
Believing about God? That He can be outwitted, controlled or is taken off guard. That He is not able to reach people. Ugh! Convicting!
Whats True about God? That this didn't surprise Him, He is unfolding a great story, He is wooing more womens hearts than I imagine. That if He really didn't want things to be going the way they are, they wouldn't be. He is Powerful!
I feel angry. Because I think, they took over the contest. (which now that it is on paper I am embarrassed. Why in the world would I get angry that something is not filled with all Christians! Nothing in this life is going to be all Christian... and even if it seemed like it, that is not a good thing. We need to get out of the Christian bubble. I guess it just shows a longing for heaven, where everyone is on the same page.)
Show me I'm believeing about God? That He wants us to stay isolated, only surrounded by other Christians. That He doesn't care about the lost.
What's true? That He passionately wants people to know Him. But how can they hear unless someone tells them? He see's the big picture, eternity and the lives of women wo will be effected eternally by this contest.
I feel worried. Because I think "what are other Christian's going to think of this post?" "What if they get mad at me for being harsh?" Show me I'm believing about God? That He wouldn't be able to comfort me and encourage me even if that were the case. What's true about God? He is the Comforter. He's experienced everything I will ever and has been there. He wont lead me somewhere He wont sustain me. He's rooting for me.
"What we believe about God is the most important thing about us" AW Tozer. Why? Because every action, feeling and emotion is rooted in what we are believing about God.
Remind yourself what's true. And if you're anything like me, remind yourself often.
Be part of the story God is writing. Don't run. God won't be mocked. He has different and may I add EXCITING plans that look very different than ours. What an opportunity to be in the world, shining a light for Christ but not of it. What a privledge to share the gospel. Seriously! How often do you get to share your faith with people who don't know Christ? It's like God brought it right to you... right where you are. Why run? Why not embrace what He wants to do? Why not love and dialog? Why not enter into someones life/blog and offer respectful, kind words of Life (oh man, scares me to say that since unsolicited advice is a huge pet-peeve of mine. So what I mean is to communicate. Ask questions, seek to understand before just spouting truth. But do say it., do share the gospel.. just be a listener... a learner first.)
"Let your light shine before men..." (Matt 5:16)
"Proclaim His salvation day after day." (1 Chron. 16:23)