I just got back from seeing “God is not Dead 2”. I love going to these spiritually based movies because they make me think deeply about spiritual concepts. Today’s movie reminds me that we are at war, a war against the forces of evil that are way more real than we like to think about or talk about. I think the time is soon coming, if not already upon us when we will be called upon to defend our faith, when our faith will be challenged in ways we have yet to imagine, a time when we will be persecuted, called names, and perhaps be confined for our beliefs.
Having faith, being a Christian becomes less popular by the day and there is a movement to wipe it out. While we as Christians know how the story ends and that there is not a chance that God will not maintain a remnant of His people as long as the earth survives, we are already seeing people in foreign countries dying for their faith. I believe the time is now for those of us who claim the name of Christ to unite together, for us to break down the barriers, the walls that divide us and embrace the things that unite us. It is time to drop labels, to stop idolizing the particular brand of Christianity we adhere to or the buildings where we gather to worship. We must be the church, God’s church. God’s church includes all of those who have understood their need for him, have recognized their own sin and repented of it and who have committed their lives to following Jesus. It is not confined by titles, buildings, denominations or styles.
It is time for us to show the world Jesus. He says that the world will know we are Christians by the way we love each other. If we are going to be prepared to fight the forces of evil and stand firm in our faith we must figure out how to unite in love. We must stop fighting each other, we must hold each other accountable to live in righteousness, we must be kind to each other, help each other, offer grace to those who stumble and we must walk in humility. We must settle our disputes, we must practice reconciliation and forgiveness. We must learn to love as Jesus loved and commanded us to love each other.
The movie also made me realize how much I hunger for deep, spiritual community, for people to talk with about truth, the challenges of walking in faith….people who will help me to be accountable and who are willing to be held accountable, for a safe place to explore the world around us and the loving response to it.
If you have not seen the movie check it out. And if it challenges you or causes you to think, let me know what you take away from it.
Ephesians 6:12 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world.