Dear Ones,
Happy Weekend! Hope you can enjoy this mild weather and take walks in nature. The house is full of aroma as I have been baking cookies and doing food prep this morning. We plan to go get meat from a rancher this afternoon and get our walk in.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
We really live in a post Christian time and that is getting more and more evident in our culture. Faith in God is being rejected by so many and truth is now being accepted as what those who rule decide and how they define reality. But isn’t freedom to live in God’s truth and accept the responsibility that comes with it? One person or group does not decide truth for us, or they would be like gods. Has faith in God been replaced with faith in man? Around us we see so much loneliness and social unrest and people less connected. There are many false narratives floating around and even Christians are falling prey to them. Just because we were born into a certain social order doesn’t make us oppressors as each one of us has dignity because we are God’s creation.  And each one of us is a sinner in need of grace.  We can’t change hearts to make people more giving and loving to others, but we can express God’s love and make a difference. Let us not endorse any justice program that denies Biblical truth. We can all practice social justice as it is the right thing to do and if it is line with the Bible. No government should legislate laws that are unjust and undermine God’s truth. There are those that believe that Christianity is an enemy of social justice; but Rod Dreher writes that the truth is that Christian social justice creates conditions of unity that enables all people (rich and poor) to live in solidarity and mutual charity. He says, “No social order that denies sin, erecting structures or approving practices that alienate man from his Creator, can ever be just.” All of us should work for social justice and show mercy and compassion, but let us practice it Biblically as Jesus would want us to. He says in Matt. 25:40(NIV), “The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Let us be His hands and feet and express His love to all.
Challenge for today: Do something kind for someone who would be unable to pay you in return.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy