BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Galatians 6:9 “So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
This past week, good hearted Americans stood speechless following the aftermath of the chaotic and violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally turned to tragedy as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members held their largest rally in decades to “take America back.”
The one thing God teaches his believers is that we only need to look back to see how far God has brought us. What we don’t do, however, is look back with the intention of regressing. To take America back in the eyes of evil-minded individuals is to turn back to a time of rampant jealousy, bigotry, racism and ultimate disrespect to fellow human beings.
Sometimes, believers can become discouraged when it almost seems that evil people and their actions are allowed to take center stage without justice. Hate is not the norm of a great society. It should be denounced and frowned upon at every given opportunity. Evil actions are not a black, white, Latino, Asian or Indian decision, but rather individual characters’ decisions. We have racists in every race and bigotry that lies within every culture. That’s why it’s so important that those who are believers and stand up for righteousness should never become weary of well-doing. Whatever your race, culture or religious belief is, we ought to be encouraged that we will overcome every obstacle in our way to make sure justice and moral values prevail.
It is the calling of the lives of the righteous to do good when evil is present—to stand up when evil works try to sit you down. Evil plots, plans and schemes are fueled with the hopes that the believer will fold in fear and turn from their righteous fight. Paul wrote to the church of Galatia in Galatians in hopes of encouraging their hearts and spirit as they were also faced with obstacles, challenges and battles. Timothy said it best: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy, Chapter 1, verse 7).
It is this power we are given that allows us to overcome emotional, mental and spiritual attacks in our lives. Individually and collectively as a people, we need to press on and do the good works we do, especially in the face of adversity. Good will always be tested, but the real test is what we do when that time comes. Do we fight back with the same fire they use? Or do we choose love as an antidote and unite as one people who share the same belief that we are all created equal. We all deserve to experience liberty and justice. So, the question is: What do we do when we are faced with so much pressure? How do we conquer initiatives that are fueled by hatred?
The first thing we must realize is, according to scripture, giving up is not an option. Secondly, we should never be fearful when doing good. Thirdly, any time is a good time to do good works. And lastly, we have been instructed to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper, rather than their enemy. If we keep these four points in the front of our thoughts and within our daily action plan, we will be fueled by the Spirit of God and the Love of the Almighty that will activate a faith that believes it can move every mountain that appears in our path.
So, be encouraged today. God is faithful to those who keeps standing for justice and hoping for better days. Remain steadfast in believing in His righteousness during trying times. Keep an attitude of victory and don’t ever get tired when doing what’s right because—at the right time—we will receive a good harvest.
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