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Wednesday Word — June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020 | Jay T. Smith

On whose side is God?

In my lifetime I have voted in 11 presidential elections; not many compared to some. However, in that time, I have never witnessed animosity between Americans like I have in the last four years. Why the furor, the name calling, the offensive Scripture quoting, and the threats? There are many reasons why people have resorted to these kinds of behaviors: arrogance, naïveté, power, and good old-fashioned fear come to my mind. I am sure these kinds of behaviors, or at least the “fear” part, have been around for quite some time. The difference is our ability gained through social media to articulate our fears and arrogance almost instantaneously, without real consideration on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik-Tok.

Different public figures, and not-so-public figures, have used these mediums in order to promote their own agendas, regardless of the harm that might be caused to other citizens of the United States and around the world. The real sadness, from my perspective, is that Christians have been divided by these half-truths and propaganda. It doesn’t matter which side you believe is true. And it doesn’t matter which side you believe God is on. The side God desires for us to be on, is God’s side.

If you are on God’s side, you will put away the angry words;
if you are on God’s side, you will look for ways to understand those with whom you disagree;
if you are on God’s side, you will look for ways to reconcile with those people;
if you are on God’s side, God will give you peace where there is fear,
hope where there is depression,
joy where there is anger,
and love where there is hate.
If you are on God’s side, you will find that God is on your side.

Jay T. Smith

President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

Dr. Jay Smith leads the Yellowstone Theological Institute as its president. Dr. Smith has served as minister of youth, music and as senior […]

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