We've all heard that hindsight is 20/20. I say 2020 is 20/20! This year has definitely been one that NONE of us expected or prepared for, prior to New Year's Day. So far, this 2020 has given perfect 20/20 of what's most important in life and the things we often take for granted. It has clearly defined what true needs are, and all else that fall into Solomon's category called "Vanity." 2020 has also given me perfect 20/20 of my friends as well as my foes; my allies vs. my enemies.
So, in light of this perfect vision, I've decided to maintain focus on those things most important in my life: Yahweh, my family, my friends, my means of providing and sustenance, and the protection of these things.
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people (2 Timothy 3:1-5)."
I was reminded of the aforementioned scripture this morning as my wife and I attended church, via Zoom, this morning. Now, some of y'all are about to REALLY hate what I'm about to say, but hate if you want. I was born and raised in the Catholic version of the Body of Christ. I've also been a member of the Baptist, AME, and Non-Denominational versions. When we first moved to Suwanee, GA, a young Jehovah's Witness would stop by every Wednesday. This was over four years ago. This young man is now one my best friends ever. Over the past four years, until Covid19, we would meet every week to discuss and study the Word of Yahweh. I've even attended services at his church several times. This is the part that tends to offend. In my 43 years on this Earth, and in all my years of being a church goer and Believer, I've known no denomination or religious group who studies the Word of Jehovah like His Witnesses. There is no fluff, showtime, coonery, or buffoonery in their services. It's simply the Word of Yahweh, studied and discussed.
You see, we've all been conditioned to be quiet, hide and not to answer the door when they come knocking. But think about it. As Christians, as many of you call yourselves, why hide. Anytime anyone comes along and wants to fellowship with you, over the Word of which you claim to follow, should be welcomed. Why would any of you, who claim to serve and live for your Creator and His Word made flesh, refrain from fellowship over Him and His Word made flesh? This year is the year to see clearly, and to ask yourselves "why?" Why do you act, behave, and believe the ways that you do. Is it because you've studied, spent time, sought out truths, and immersed yourself in knowledge outside of traditions and what "they" say? Or, is it because you've just done what you've been told, studied what you've been told to study, and believed what you've been told to believe?
Often times, Jesus said, "Those who have ears to hear, let them hear." Why would he make such a statement when all around Him should be able to hear? Let me ask you all another few questions. When you read the Bible today, does it say more or less to you than it did when you read it for the first time? Do you believe that ALL will be saved when it's all said and done? Do you feel that the hearing your Savior speaks of has to do with physical ability or spiritual ability and connection? I believe that not all will make it. I believe that the hearing has more to do with spiritual discernment as well as Yahweh's choosing. I also believe that scriptures read at the ages of 10 to 20 should say more to you at 30 to 40. That only happens when mind, body, spirit, and soul are given to the Word. Also, there is more Word to be sought and considered than what's in your current Bible.
With all that being said, and considering 2020 for its 20/20, I'm confused. I'm confused as to what a Christian is. Too many Christians are claiming the title and life, while practicing only bits and pieces of the life of Christ. Too many Christians are conditional with their Christianity. Too many Christians are full of hate. Too many Christians have no clue as to who Jesus Christ is. It's like so many of you have sewn the Christian tag into your lining, knowing full well you were manufactured in Satan's knock-off factory. How do I know? By the hate, ignorance, and lack of knowledge of the Holy One you exhibit and practice.
We are all imperfect and subject to sin. We all fall short of the Glory, BUT keep Yahweh's and His Word's names out of your mouths when attempting to justify your sinful natures, actions, and defilement. You know, I think back to a time when my being Christian, heavily offended a friend's husband. Not my being American. Not my being black. Not my being friends with his wife. But my being a Christian cost me a friendship that existed 17 years prior to meeting this dude. Obviously Christians aren't very popular in their home country. Yet, the more I have studied the History of Christianity, I can totally understand why. So much evil has been poured out upon other nations, sects, and belief systems by the Christian church. Animosity that had transcended centuries was unleashed on me, back in 2013. It took me a while to understand, but I get it now.
Yes, I am rambling now, but this is so cathartic for me. When 2020 and its 20/20 shows you things you've never fathomed and teaches you what you've never known, accept it and do better. Act better. Be better. Treat others better. For God/Yahweh/Jehovah is God of all, not just you and your race. Not just you and your country. Not just you and your family. Not just you and your denomination. Not just you and your gender. HE IS GOD OF ALL!! And if He loves us ALL and adores us ALL, then mind how you treat His Babies!!
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......