It's Time to Turn Down the Heat: Satan's Lie About Obedience
Satan's Lie About Obedience
It's time to turn down the heat in the kitchen of U.S. politics.
Emotions are high. And the line which divides people has become seemingly intractable.
Before I discuss what God has to say about all this, I want to tell you a brief story about two adversaries who became unlikely friends. If for no other reason than for you to know what's possible.
The political friendship between George W. Bush and Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts began with an agreement over an education bill in 2002, and it continued on for the remainder of Bush’s years in the White House.
Bush, a Republican president, and Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, formed quite an unlikely pairing that ultimately yielded many common-ground compromises while also producing bitter acrimony at times.
Kennedy disagreed loudly with the president’s actions relating to Iraq, the poor response to Hurricane Katrina, and tax cuts, but these disagreements did not prevent Kennedy and Bush from working together numerous times throughout the Bush presidency.
The pair forged ahead on issues such as education and immigration, and Bush jokingly remarked that “the folks at the Crawford [Texas] coffee shop would be somewhat in shock when I told them I actually like the fellow.”
Every one of us has enemies, don’t we?
And not all enemies are bad people.
In the case of Kennedy and Bush, they were two very good people who happened to hold two extremely different ideologies about what was best for the country.
Maybe you don’t even know it but if you share the gospel and live a life of holiness, you will probably make some enemies.
But the wisdom of Solomon says that “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov 16:7) so at least part of our effort to make our enemies our friends is to live a life that pleases God and that means a life of obedience to what Jesus’ taught.
Are you ready to turn down the heat?
"Even God couldn't change him!"
"When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him." - Proverbs 16:7 (NIV)
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they're the same people."
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