As I look around me, I am saddened and concerned at the anger and division. In a fallen world with fallen people, that is not really surprising, especially when you consider we have a spiritual adversary who loves to stir things up. It is a reminder this is NOT our true Home!
The ones who cry the loudest, pointing their fingers at others for causing division, are often the ones who are most contributing to it. Again, not really surprising. They are lost souls, pawns of the adversary, and desperately need our prayers.
What IS surprising is how I see some who really should understand the true nature of the battle also contributing to it. I am sure they don’t intend to. I believe they think they are fighting against all the anger and division. But they seem to have forgotten some important truths, starting with the fact that this is NOT our true Home!
Sharing truth is a tricky thing. Not everyone hears in the same manner. Some need a 2×4, as my husband would say, and some just need a soft word of truth. What are we? Are we the ones who just need a soft word of truth? Or do we need the 2×4? And how do we share? Are we sensitive to how we are sharing and to whom we are sharing? Do we remember that a soft answer can turn away wrath? Are we mocking in our sharing? Oh, how we need to check ourselves. We will give an account for every word spoken and written.
Yeshua told us to take the beam out of our own eye before we attempt to take the speck out of someone else’s eye. Do they have a speck? Sure! But are WE supposed to try and take it out? Possibly. But ONLY after we have taken the beam out of our own eye. I cannot speak for anyone else, but the closer I draw to Him, seeking only His will for my life, the better I can see that beam. And, yes, it is still there! It will take a lifetime to remove.
The longer I live life, the more humbled I am. I see so many more of my own faults. Sure, I have overcome many of them…with Hashem’s (G-d’s) help. But then the more subtle ones just keep coming to the surface! It seems there is a never ending supply of them! As a result, I find myself way less open to criticizing others and more content to allow G-d to do the necessary work in them. I pray for them, remembering we are also told not to criticize another man’s servant. It is that servant’s master’s duty to correct and change him and, who knows? Perhaps, that master wants his servant that way for a time in order to do something that requires the servant to be that way. I don’t know.
Does this mean I should not engage in a fight at all? Not necessarily. But I approach it with a whole lot more humility than I once did. I approach it with a greater awareness of my own failings and I am a lot more cognizant of treating others how I want to be treated. I find that, the older I get, the pickier I am about what I consider truly worthy of a fight and I am a whole lot more cautious about how I engage when I do believe I am to engage.
What about you? Where are you in this scenario? I encourage you to ask Avinu Shebashemayim/our Father in heaven before being really quick to answer. I know, for me, it takes a LOT of soul searching and G-d’s help to really see myself.