We are not always above the fray, but Jesus certainly points us that Way.
Jesus spoke of weeds planted by the evil one, that get entangled amongst the grain of a farmer’s filed, and how his workers had to endure the growing season without yanking out the weeds because they did not want to disrupt the good seed that also was just starting to take root. They were reminded that the farmer for the field (and likewise the Lord with the people) will harvest it all LATER, burn the bad, keep the good… At some point, God will look at His people, there will be a time for separating the sheep from the goats… Therefore, we are not to judge it all now, not to avenge everything in the entangled mess of the world right now but we are called to keep planting new seeds of peace… That requires us taking the long view. I have faith, we will get thru this too, we always do.
So, the writings from Paul to Timothy pertain here… behave “like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” Our Commanding Officer? God. Please God.
Paul felt blessed in His mess, keeping his eyes to his future above. Life is messy, Paul felt the disarray of people that were once good in progressing places and saw church folks he established sometimes go corrupt and wayward. Paul urged Timothy to keep working, keep teaching, keep being the good example. He said DON’T get caught up in the world. Don’t get entangled.
Life keeps moving and so should we. Jesus gives us the Way above the Fray.
For the Lord’s sake, we pull our children closer.
For the Lord’s sake, we keep moving.
For the sake of PEACE, we do our piece of praying and planting. The thorns and the thistles may try, but the Lord knows how to find His peace people in the piles… The Lord knows all that gets entangled, let Him lift you up away from the fray.
Amen to a new day.
Paul to Timothy: And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.
2nd Timothy 1
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself…
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene…. Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.