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Navigating Controversy With Love

By on October 13, 2017

We all navigate controversial issues as Christians. It’s almost impossible to avoid divisive topics, whether they’re coming up in conversation or just part of an never-ending stream of opinions on social media. I’ve been invited many times to have an opinion I know will offend the people around me. As Christians, our mandate is to love well. I find there are times to speak up, and times to stay silent. So what does love look like when we’re having the hard conversations?

Recently, I read John 6 and was struck by this sentence “Will you follow me for the words I speak or the spirit of God on my life?” Jesus had just said some of the most offensive words in the new testament – “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don’t have life in yourselves.” No-one really understood. But Jesus said it anyway. He wasn’t concerned with how he was received. He was concerned with responding to God – and this is our key, too.

Responding to God

How do we follow the example of Jesus in how we navigate the issues that are coming up today? There are certain topics that will always get us fired up, especially when values we hold close are challenged. In these situations, its wise to ask yourself – “am I reacting to something I disagree with, or responding to the heart of God?” Fear and anger will never bring life, only more confusion. We are called to be like Jesus and reveal the Father to the earth. This means rising above the confusion and seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in every situation. We must be people who do what He is doing and believe that’s enough – there are no effective solutions outside of God’s plan in any given moment.

Be lead by the shepherd, not by the sheep

I sometimes have to ask myself who I’m writing for when I begin a social media post. I make sure never to filter my posts through the opinions of others. This way, I keep my priorities straight. When I speak, whether it’s on a platform, to a friend or posting on Facebook, my highest priority is to speak what will please the heart of God, not the heart of man. Of course, I never want to bulldoze anybody or operate without compassion, but I also don’t want to hold back truth out of fear. More than anything, I want to be lead by the voice of God. I challenge you to ask yourself today – who is leading you?

As we navigate the many issues coming up today, let’s rise above the chaos of opinion and instead respond to His voice. Let’s demonstrate hope in an all-powerful king and partner with peace in any storm. When we follow His voice, we follow love. Let’s be people who are lead by the Shepherd and not by the sheep.

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    Tim Brown

    November 12, 2017

    Hi Ben ,tim here your old Aussie neighbor,how’s things ,hows your family ,we have 6 grandsons now ,so blessed ,
    You’re been on my mind and heart for a while now ,hey God has put a burden in my heart to travel to America to visit Todd White and attend a power and love school ,
    I don’t know when it will happen ,but Jude and I will attend ,Jude’s not real sure ,about it all ,I’m letting God deal with that ,
    Farming and Tractor Wrecking is great ,but there’s something more I need to do ,in this short time on earth ,my skill set and confidence in ministering to people needs help,I just want to be more like Jesus ,so basically could you guys please pray for Jude and I in this new journey that is going to come to pass ,in Jesus time not mine lol ,great web site ,I love your heading ,On earth as it is in heaven ,I remember we had a chat about that very same verse many years ago at Milang church,God bless mate, tim

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      Ben Wilson

      November 12, 2017

      Hey Tim,
      So good to hear from you. Todd White was just in town a few weeks ago and it was a truly powerful, transformational time. I love what he carries and how well he represents Jesus. I’ll definitely be praying for guys. I’ll be talking about ‘On earth as it is in Heaven’ for as long as I’m alive. Thanks for your message mate.

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BEN WILSON
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Ben is a husband, father, pastor and son. He spent 11 years farming in Australia before moving with his wife Jo and their three kids to Redding, California to pursue his passion for revival. He is a pastor at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and has dedicated his life to releasing the Kingdom of God in the Earth and equipping others to do the same.

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