According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of the definitions for the word Environment is:
the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
Today is a unique day in our current world: the Constitutional transition of power. We are in a minority of this world in that we have a system that allows the peaceful transition of power from one person to another. There are citizens in scores of nations what would love to have this moment we have today. Instead, they face violent revolutions and military coups, followed by unrest and imprisonment of dissenters. One petty despot replaces another without the citizens having a say-so in the process. But thanks to our Founding Fathers and framers of the U.S. Constitution, we have a Representative Republic. I know some use the word “democracy”. Actually, we do not have a true democracy for which I am most thankful. In a true democracy, the majority rules. Take a vote and whatever the majority wants, they get. There’s a word for this type of process: CHAOS! Why am I writing such words?
I am moved to write this morning for which we should be thankful is being marred because of all of the unrest being created by WORDS! I want to speak openly and honestly to only a select group of people (though most will never read them, still it helps me to vent). I want to talk to those who “say” they love Jesus. You know who you are. The ones that post on Facebook, “Type Amen if you love Jesus.” “If you’re not ashamed of Jesus share on your page.” “Don’t share but copy and paste if you agree God should be let back into schools.” (As if God was not already there. If your god is being kept outside schools because of some man-made rules, you’re god is way too small! You do know Jesus conquered death, don’t you? And you think a rule is going to keep Him out? Geez!)
It’s not these comments of yours that I am taking issue with (though I do), I’m talking to those who say they love Jesus but their words about today’s transition of power are filled with hate, anger or gloating. With all of the recent protests and the planned protests some are wondering why such things are happening. I know why they are happening. Remembering Merriam-Webster’s definition, an environment is being created that incites such actions, even by children. Have you seen this video? A child says, “Screw the president”? It’s the environment!
The environment is more than weather and living things. Environment is what surrounds us. When your words are filled with hate, anger, or even gloating, YOU are partially responsible for warping that child’s mind. This environment is the exact one our Enemy (that’s Satan for you who did not know our true Enemy) is wanting. In fact, he thrives and grows stronger when words are filled with anger, hate or gloating. I do not release the protesters from their responsibility because they, too, have a choice to be influenced by this sinister environment or work to change it. Words are the direct product of what or who controls our mind. In your heart you may say “I love Jesus”, but your mind doesn’t and shows that it does not reflect your words that allegedly are coming from your heart.
The mind is must be changed if the words of our heart ring true. Too many Churchians and promoters of Churchianity (another word I’ve borrowed) think it’s all about the heart. Well, there’s more to loving Jesus than just with our hearts. Fact is, Paul had much to say about the mind. Here are some examples:
Romans 7:23 (NIV) I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
Romans 8:6 (NIV) The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 15:5-6 (NIV) May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
Ephesians 4:22-23 (NIV) You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV) In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Pay careful attention to that last one from Philippians 4:8. See, I’m not crazy! Our words, that come from our mind that is being influenced by our real heart, creates an environment. You hate-mongers, fearful minions and boastful parasites are creating this environment we are seeing on the very day we should be celebrating this Representative Republic, and when we should be modeling the way of Jesus.
To those who say “I love Jesus” but continue to say words of anger, hate. boasting or he’s not my president, take your whiny part of your anatomy that sits on a commode and move to some other nation. And to those who are thinking, “Preacherman, where is the love?”, I say: “Do you think that Jesus’ words to the Religious Police were sweet and syrupy when He called then a den of snakes?” And if my words have offended your “sensibilities”, all I can say is, “Oh, well.” because I am sick and tired of those who say they love Jesus fueling this environment where Satan is roaming free and laughing at us! Yes, you bear a level of responsibility for this environment we are in.
Listen up to what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write. Think about what is true (the Greek word used here is “alēthēs” and it also means “to love the truth”, who is Jesus), noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable (was that child who said “Screw the president” admirable?), excellent and praiseworthy. These kinds of thoughts are not natural to us sons of Adam and daughters of Eve. Don’t box in Jesus to just your heart. Let Him invade your mind in a revolutionary kind of way. Allow Him to demolish the Enemy’s strongholds which are located in your mind, not your heart. Otherwise we are headed to total environmental disaster in this nation.
Your words can create environmental change in our culture, if you use the right words that come from your mind that has been taken prisoner by Jesus in order to be liberated to think like He thinks. And like the knight who told Indiana Jones and Dr. Walter Donovan when trying to decide which cup was the Holy Grail, “Choose wisely.” And remember the knight’s words after Dr. Donovan dissipated into dust and bones, “He chose poorly.” Make good use of your words by allowing your mind to reflect the heart that Jesus wants to put inside you. DON’T CHOSE POORLY! #YourWordsMatter