And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
The LORD is clear in His Word, “For every tree is known by his own fruit.” At the risk of being overly simplistic, if a tree has pecans on it then it is a pecan tree and if it has apples on it then it is an apple tree. Likewise, if a tree never has any kind of fruit on it but rather is filled with thorns then it is a thorn tree.
In today’s world there seems to always be a politician, preacher, professional or pundit spewing about what is wrong with everyone else and with those who hold opposing views. Yet when you look in their tree, there does not seem to be any fruit. Rather their tree is filled with thorns and serpents. It is completely beyond understanding, to me, how we have reached a place as a country and as God fearing people where anyone who doesn’t believe like I do is the enemy. Unfortunately I fear that we are rapidly approaching a place where it is conceivable that one side or the other of political philosophies and all opposing religious views could be outlawed and transgressors imprisoned and openly persecuted.
There will be some who indignantly declare that is absurd and could never happen in America. Please allow me to remind you of what a great man named Abraham Lincoln once said, ”America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” How did our country reach a place where we were killing each other in the Civil War? Make no mistake, our country is in the middle of a cultural civil war today and if we don’t begin to bear fruit of brotherly love we could most assuredly find ourselves once again at war with each other. Is that what we want our children to experience?
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” What are the things which Jesus said that we are not doing? He said to love the Lord thy God with all thy being and He said to love thy neighbor as thy self. Jesus has already set the example. He loved and died for all. He did not die just for members of His church, His political party or those who had the same color skin as He. The fruit He bore was love and forgiveness even when wrongly persecuted and executed at the hands of sinful man.
What kind of fruit are we bearing America? What kind of fruit are we bearing church? What kind of fruit are we bearing Christian? Lord God in heaven above, please have mercy upon us and wake us to the hate, disrespect and abuse we are inflicting upon one another and upon your great Name.