April 16, 2016

Filtered Passion

To say we live in interesting times is an understatement. When talking with many Christians particularly, there seems to be a consensus that we are in the midst of some of the most socially and morally awkward times that they have experienced in their lifetime. In the U.S., we have much at stake in the coming election. We have a good portion of the country who would want to give the highest office in our land to those who have little to no value for the freedoms that this country was built on. We have unthinkable moral decay to the point that people call good evil and evil good just as the Bible said would happen in the last days. We have an unprecedented intolerance of the Christian belief system as a whole. It is getting to the point that we as Christians feel as though a lack of morality and that which is against what we stand for in general is being shoved down our throats spoonful after spoonful, and there is very little that we can actually do about it.

The current culture that we face is one that stirs passion in us as believers. This leads me to the topic of today’s article.  Passion is a interesting thing. When I looked up the definition of passion in the english dictionary, this is what I found: Passion any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. There is something here that I find very interesting. Passion, by definition, can be a positive force that. As Christians, many times when we think of passion, we think of our passion for God or prayer or the word or worship or whatever else we have a positive desire and drive toward. What we fail to realize many times though is that passion if not stewarded correctly can many times overtake other qualities in life and conduct that are actually Godly.

Herein lies my point. If we allow our passion for whatever issue we are in the midst of in today’s culture to over-ride our love walk, we are failing. Galations 5:22 states that, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control.”. Our passion can be towards Godly principles all day long, but if we allow ourselves to walk in that passion unbridled, many times we will neglect to walk in patience, kindness, peace, and the other fruits of the very Spirit of God that should steer our conduct and conversations in all situations. I heard a speaker say once, “never sacrifice kindness at the alter of rightness”. In other words, we should not have such a passion to be the one who is proven right in any given situation to the point that we become unkind in our words and actions.

In closing, with all of the issues that we face in our lives, I urge you to always filter your passion through the fruit of the Spirit and the character of Christ before you post on Facebook or Twitter, when you speak, or act in such a way that you fail to uphold the witness that Christ paid the ultimate price for you to have and maintain. Selah.