Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:2-3
Dear God, I feel like this could really be misinterpreted by someone who would use a passage like this as a way to be confrontational with others who disagree with them. In our country, we have taken disagreement and turned it into attacks. We disagree with someone so we perceive their disagreement as an attack, and then we assume our job is to attack back. But that is not what Paul is talking about here. First, he’s talking about legitimate rescue from legitimate evil. He’s talking about being stoned, imprisoned, crucified, losing your possessions, etc. He’s talking about actual persecution, not the persecution as defined by 21st century Americans. What we as Christians have with our society is disagreements. As long as we keep attacking others with our opinions instead of loving them through them, we will not do one thing to change their mind.
One thing I need to study up on is “Critical Race Theory.” I need to understand what it is because it seems to have become a political flashpoint. People are for it or against it based on whether they have a “D” or “R” next to their political identity, but most do not know what it really contains. It’s like the person I was talking with a few days ago who was boycotting Coca-Cola. When I asked why they didn’t have their facts correct. In essence, they didn’t know why. They just knew someone they trusted had told them Coca-Cola was bad and they accepted it. Frankly, they were denying themselves a Coke product they enjoy for something that, if they really looked into it, might not be as big of a deal as they thought it was.
Father, guide me through your Holy Spirit. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see. Help me to look beyond the preconceptions and misconceptions that blind me to your truth, and see the world as you see it. Help me to be thoughtful. Help me to be diligent. Help me to be loving as I do my best to be the man you need me to be. Please forgive me for when I fail, because you know how much I do, indeed, fail.
In Jesus’s name I pray,