Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
2 Timothy 2:3-4
I have to wonder how many preachers (evangelists) heed this wise advice from the apostle Paul. It seems many don’t. Many become so wrapped up in the world around them they lose the focus of the message they should be bringing. I say this, because I have found myself entangled in “civilian affairs” to my own detriment. I am speaking of indulging the viciousness of the political process.
I know I have made statements that I shouldn’t have and shared comments and articles that caused more harm than good. Doing so has reflected badly on my Lord and His church.
I see many of my fellow preacher’s continuing in this behavior, and can’t help seeing the harm being done to the name of Christ. We seek to bring the GOOD NEWS to the world, so we should untangle ourselves from “civilian affairs” and get back to what pleases our commanding officer. We should be going and making disciples of every nation, not judging others, and condemning ourselves in the process.
We must follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the teachings of His apostles. Our citizenship is heaven. We should be representing ourselves as such. Our good deeds should bring glory to our heavenly Father. When we resort to name calling, spreading gossip, and encouraging discord we are no longer doing good deeds, we are indulging the flesh.
Let us serve HIM with distinction.
© 2017 Leo J. Woodman