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October 19, 2017, 11:19 AM

Activist or Antagonist

Activist- a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change

Antagonist -A person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something                                       (Source - Oxford dictionary online)

I know this is a very sensitive subject, and so I tread lightly with my thoughts.  Please know that my words are from a personal conviction and not intended to demean anyone or make light of social injustices.  It is not intended to promote political thought, but spiritual. The recent protest of the National Anthem has struck a chord with many and has become a point of division in our nation.  I have had to resist the urge to gently explain to those around me who choose to sit while the anthem is played, that someone died for them to have the right to display such blatant disregard for a symbol of hope and freedom.  An activist, which those who sit claim to be, uses a particular platform seeking to draw attention to a cause or personal conviction.  According to the definition, they campaign for an issue.  As we all know from politics, what is said in a campaign hardly ever materializes in actions, so simply campaigning is not enough.  In order to see a real, substantial change take place, there needs to be an implementing of resources at the community level bringing about change in lives from personal interaction and mentoring.  There need to be positive antagonists who actively seek to bring about a change rather than simply campaign about it.  In light of this, during my quiet time this week, the Lord put on my heart the question of my walk personally and the role of the church.  Am I being a Christian activist by joining together each Sunday with others who are like minded to draw attention to a cause or conviction? Am I doing what is necessary to exact a change by pouring into others on a personal level through discipleship?  Is the church actively seeking to bring about a change in a lost and dying world or has it become content with merely campaigning for it?  While the complaint of disrespect for the flag and the honor of those who died for our freedom is legitimate, what about the disrespect shown toward the cross of Christ when those who claim to be followers of Jesus and receivers of eternal hope and freedom from sin and death simply go through the motions and don’t actively live out His commands?  To campaign without actively seeking to bring about a positive change is not what James describes.  He says that faith without deeds to support it is a dead faith.  A faith built on bringing an awareness but refusing to be a part of the change. 


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