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Today we are discussing God’s love and how important it is that love is within all of us at all times. As we discussed on the latter part of Episode 25, the greatest commandment is to love others as love covers all other sin. In verse 10 of 1John Chapter 3, it discusses that people that do not practice righteousness are not of God, and neither are those that do not love their brethren.
We dive into a quick discussion about the current issues regarding immigration policies and splitting up families. This is a good issue for liberals to cling on to before the November elections instead of continuing to push a social agenda that their blue-collar base does not agree with. I personally believe, however, that we should not split up families at the border who are trying to cross into America. Yes, there is a discussion that needs to be had regarding the parents that use their children as props to get into the country, but what percentage is that compared to those that are trying to get here by any means necesasary? In the countries south of America, extreme poverty thrives. As someone that has traveled to central america a handful of times, I can say that the living conditions there are abhorrent. Fresh water rivers look like the river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. No plumbing or indoor air conditioning can lead to awful living conditions on the Equator.
If we lived in those countries, would we not try and do whatever it takes to get our children to America for a chance at a better life? I try and put myself in other’s shoes before I make a quick judgement on their actions. If I was at the border and had to tell the child that we had to separate them from their parents, I believe that I could not bring myself to do it. That would make me a hypocrite if I agreed with the law being presented by the GOP.
I find it difficult to discuss current events, especially ones where everyone’s emotions are running high. I find it difficult because I believe that I am not spiritually mature enough to have these debates and discussions without holding anger towards those that hold different viewpoints. This would not only make me a hypocrite, but a sinner because I am holding anger towards someone else. As stated in the Sermon on the Mount, holding anger towards someone else is like murdering them in my heart. Therefore, I think that this podcast might veer towards more of a Bible podcast with little emphasis on current events. I believe in calling out false prophets to the fullest extent, but these current event topics like border issues are hard for me to grasp on to. Emotions and anger run high, which may lead me to stumble.
Stumbling is something that I try and stray from. I hate the sin that I continue to wrestle with. I bring up the example in the podcast of Paul Washer during one of his most recent sermons. Paul was discussing how he does not watch television, not because he is holier than us, but because it may cause him to stumble in his faith. I have cut off things in my personal life as well, like certain sports websites or YouTube channels. Netflix has almost completely lost its hold on me, as I find myself feeling guilty for watching most of the content on the streaming service.
What is causing you to stumble? As Christians, we should cut those things off so we do not become detached from Jesus Christ.
One of the most powerful verses from today’s reading is verse 13 which states, “Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you”. This is a powerful statement, because John is forecasting to us that the world will hate us because we follow Jesus Christ. This makes it extremely easy to stumble. Satan is ruling this world, under the allowance of God. Satan would want nothing less than to make us stumble and lose faith in Christ, or to have us live under a false salvation. That is what I did for 25 years of my life. What turned me around? Living under repentance and cutting off the things that caused me to stumble that were of this world. As Christians, it is crucial that we do not become conformed to this world. We must not be of the world or the culture. These things can cause us to stumble.
It is important that we remember that we are not of this world and the world may hate us for it. But is it not better to be hated by this world and have eternal life? Our reading ends with verse 18, which states, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth”. It is important that we do not just love with what we say. I lived most of my life like that, which made me a hypocrite. God is love. God equals love. As we have discussed, if we do not have love for the brethren, we are not of God. Love is the most important commandment as it covers a multitude of sins.