Keep watch and Pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"
Matthew 26:41 NLT
While we certainly must heed the words of Christ at all times, never have there been a time as this. Yes, that statement is unsupported, but when people are trying to Shame others (even those wily lame politicians in Congress) who pray, well it cannot get any plainer.
Imagine my surprise when I find an article on NBC News about #thoughtsandprayers being thought of as a bad thing?! Of course, I had to use it for work, but also go the opposite way. We do it all the time. We shame people for lots of things.
If I take it from my own life, it's goes a little something like this: "Those shorts are too short."
"She needs to wear a slip."
"So-and-so didn't get in to that school and she cried when you ran across the street to tell me you did."
"And if you don't want to get married, I'm scared of you."
"I understand, I just forgot now isn't the time to speak with you about something like that, you not coming from the right frame of mind."
See what I mean? So, in case, you do not understand: Shaming people for Praying is a bad thing. I know most of you (all of three people) reading this would never do that. You agree. But let's just say the devil was busy yesterday. As soon as he saw an opening, he took it. See (and nope, not going to drop this for awhile*) while some Christians want to focus on a red cup, want to back a person who is just not good for this country, who has a platform built on race-baiting and fear-mongering, they ignore the real deal. And the real deal is this: let's shame those weak Christians into not praying. Let's get at those Christians who are in the midst of all types of trials and tribulations and whose faith is not only shaken but also shaking and get them to stop praying. Let's get the ones who claiming Christianity, but when it gets too hard, they resort to their own ways rather than God's ways.
Get my drift? I could go on. We all know what happens when we do not pray. We know what happens when we do not stand. We know what happens when we do not put on the armor of God. We know what happens when we do not stand on our faith.
There are a lot of Christians who don't know this. Remember the parable about the scattered seed. And while he uses misdirection "I will make it a law to say "Merry Christmas" or "Congressman are to act, not pray (yep, it's in the article), we Christians are to watch and pray. Let's make sure every Christian knows that before they jump on this latest bandwagon that is actually a true threat. Kepp watching. And, most importantly, keep praying! #staywoke #thoughtsandprayers
Stay Encouraged and Be Blessed!
*Yes, at some point I will share my thoughts and hopefully, what the real issues (that is, what the Bible speaks) are in this "War on Christmas."