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Monday, February 18, 2019

Christian Perspective On The #Metoo, #racewar, Movements and The Like: Forgiveness Must Be Paramount


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 A Christian’s Perspective on The #MeToo Movement  
{ Please Make Sure We Walk In Love! }  

     Even if people don't forgive you, God still does. This is an important thing to remember both for the victim, and the victimizer. Certainly we live in a day where people have stepped into the judgement seat of God. People's entire lives are being ripped apart through one bad decision- by the hands of people who are certainly imperfect themselves. This is in NO WAY meant to downplay the pain or testimony of any victim, but instead an admonishment to revisit the scriptures to find the mind of God. 
     Surely, Romans 3:23 reminds us that "All have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God."
    So who then, should pick up a stone and throw it? I know I can't! Even if I could throw a stone in one area, surely I would be stoned to death in another! And this is the ugly truth is the place of humility from which I believe God wants his church to minister.
    We posted a video in 2018 where we dug into the total truth about the topic of judgment: where we have become mistaken, what the bible actually says about judgement, and how the church can fulfill God's desire for us to judge (Hint; it doesn't look like what we are seeing on social media right now!).
     For non-victims and victims alike, we must be very careful about slandering, sharing, and  laughing about these matters- because God has transformed some very unsavory people in his Word and made them into leaders of integrity. (ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT!)
David was an adulterer, a murderer, and his children committed incest: 2 SAMUEL 11
Moses was a murderer: EXODUS 2
Jacob was a liar, and a thief: GENESIS 27
Rahab was a harlot: JOSHUA 6
    And this list could seriously go on and on! The bottom line is that because we have all been saved by grace, we too could easily add our own names to this list. And although we know that movements such as the #metoo #metoomovement have raised awareness (which could potentially stop future rape and molestation), there are some serious issues with these movements that must be realized and rectified within the church. 
   Firstly, the bible has given us a formula for handling conflict: Matthew 18:15-17:
           “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”
    This kind of private reconciliation doesn't appease the lust of the flesh to crucify the person publicly, but instead deals with finding peace and forgiveness. When we cause people to "pay" publicly, in many ways we are trying to play the role of God. It also shows a lack of faith in God, as if we don't believe that He is the righteous judge :
    “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.”
Deuteronomy 32:35 KJV
     Praise be to God, we are dealing with a righteous judge!  He will make sure that everyone gets what they deserve- although many of us ought to pray that we don't.
Please remember that GOD LOVES YOU. He has made you a promise in Galatians 6:7; 
      “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
     Lastly, please believe that forgiveness is the way to healing. It may not be easy when we are facing terrible situations, and I know this firsthand, but lavishing in the joy of seeing someone else torn apart is only a temporary fix. For our own sakes, God has spoken that we must forgive.
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:14-15 

Other Scripture References:
Forgiveness for the Abuser:
1 John 1:9
James 5:16
Ephesians 1:7
Psalms 32:5
Matthew 26:28

The Need To Forgive For The Abused:
Ephesians 4:32
Mark 11:25
Matthew 6:15
Luke 6:27
Psalms 103:10-14

Proverbs 10:12

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