Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Did you get that? Don’t let your heart be troubled? Don’t be afraid? Do you hear his words? Do not be afraid? I hope so. Our society needs us to understand Jesus. So that whatever is going on around us, the way we respond is the same way Jesus would respond if he were us.
Think about it. When you live Jesus’s rhythm. When you live his joy and shalom, you change the atmosphere around you. You bring clarity. This is much needed today.
We live in a society where everything that happens becomes this huge overblown crisis. We are a low-joy nation that has no shalom. America needs Christians who live like Jesus. Why? Because Jesus only focuses on the truth.
This is such a helpful teaching in our present circumstances in America. We are a low-joy nation. And low-joy places breed problems. This low-joy has reached the highest levels. Our national leaders have finally succumbed to being almost pure predators. The opposite of Jesus. This is a huge blow to any decency we can expect.
You see, without following God’s ways, we become predators. Then it is all about our own perceived survival.
Today’s political and social agendas have been overtaken by low-joy predatory leaders. Jim Wilder explains what a predator is. He uses the metaphor of a herd of animals. Think of where we are at right now as a nation and listen:
“Predators discover the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of others and exploit them. Predators use weaknesses to obtain or retain dominance in the food chain. Predators fiercely guard their positions and will hurt others in the herd if threatened. Predators also do their best to hide their weaknesses and appear strong to assure their positions. Predators are the most common product of low-joy herds.”
As a nation, we are a low-joy herd. We have national leaders who are predators. The whole political system we have developed feeds predators like raw meat to alligators.
Now, this doesn’t mean we are doomed, but it does provide a wake up call for everyone of us. We are the best true hope for America ourselves. If you truly follow Jesus, you really are America’s best hope.
This is what God calls us to do.
God is calling us to start global warming. Healthy global warming where each of us starts joy, again and again, warming the atmosphere and warming the hearts of those around us. When we spread the joy of the Lord to those around us, when we are able to quickly return from upset and be people of maturity and strength, we influence life in a tremendous way. And, because God is in charge, shalom is what we have to look forward to. It’s going to work out in the end. God always wins.
What kind of character traits would Jesus exhibit if he were running for president?