If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen, 1 John 4:20.
Most individuals talk a good game, yet when you put their actions under a microscope there isn’t much to be inspired by. Perhaps a rise in narcissism is to blame, turning a blind eye to reality, living by the mantra, “do as I say, not as I do!” Unfortunately, a lack of integrity, morality and quality parenting is feeding a generation of self-seekers, cutting corners to get ahead, whatever the cost.
But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes, 1 John 2:11.
Meanwhile, the middle class are stuck in the mud, dreaming of brighter days only to wake up to a living nightmare. Peer pressure, political correctness and those seeking approval often decide to go with the flow, even if its the wrong direction. The rest of the crowd, standing on the sidelines wait, is hoping a pied piper will come to their rescue. In the meantime, souls are hungry and thirsting for leadership.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil, John 7:7.
In the absence of good character, its time for people to take a stand for what they believe. Jesus knew the world hated him, yet his purpose in life was to fulfill the will of God the Father. Likewise, the faith community need to get off their couches, find places to serve in their community and show the path for others to follow. As Jesus once said, “the harvest is ready, but the workers are few.” Get in the game today while there is still time left on life’s clock.
by Jay Mankus