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You Can't Sit With Us

I should be sleeping right now, it is very late as I type this blog post at my kitchen counter. I can be a night owl at times especially when I’m tapped into my creative side. Some of my best ideas flow while I’m laying down. I'm sure it's because my mind is relaxed, everyone is sleeping, my house is completely quiet and free of interruptions. I’ve had writer's block since my last post, I would start to write then stop, get another idea, ditch what I was working on to start something new. Next thing I knew I had multiple unfinished documents. I knew the Lord wanted to speak through me however, my mind was so cluttered.

2020 was filled with so many opinions, debates and strife; I felt like it was the year of the unveiling. People’s motives, intentions, biases, ideologies and pack mentalities were put on display for all to see. God also revealed what was hidden in my own heart. If you did not agree or had a different perspective than your peers you could very well be canceled. I saw several people be canceled in 2020, if you have tiktok people are getting canceled by the hour. I too was canceled. Yes dolls and gents, your girl was canceled. I stepped outside my comfortable country club to speak about injustices within the body of Christ. Let me tell you when I started to bring light to dark areas hidden deep within the pews people split from me like the parting of the Red Sea. I went from having a seat at the table, I’m here for you, how can I cover you and your family in prayer? To how dare you have an opinion contrary to ours, you can no longer sit with us! Now that you are banned from our table we’re going to stop liking your post, not respond to your comments, unfollow you on social media and ignore you at the local Trader Joe's. We will also fight you via facebook if you post about praying for our enemies (governmental officials).

I often think to myself, maybe I should have kept quiet, disagreed in my heart. I would still have those “friends” and be invited. Who doesn't want to be included but at what expense? Should we place the fear of man over the fear of God? When did churches become gangs? I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that disagreements nowadays mean rivalry. We’re not always going to agree and that’s okay, we can agree to disagree and move on. The canceled culture has to stop, especially within the body of Christ. If we cannot love each other right within the church we will have a hard time spreading the gospel effectively. At the end of the day our job is to lead people to Jesus, not our political party, ourselves, church organizations or cliques. It has always been about Jesus and his glory. Praise God for his grace and mercy. He is graciously waiting for us to repent, forgive and get back into alignment with him so we can complete our God given purpose through Christ Jesus. Let’s get back to the basics; Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Second, love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39.

During this entire season I’ve asked the Lord to show me where my heart is not aligned with him. I gave him permission to sift through my preferences so his will could be done not mine.I strongly encourage you to do the same. I don't want anything hindering God from using me to the fullest even if I was the one doing the hindering. Where ever you are in your walk with Jesus there is more; if you're afraid of losing friends, God will send you new ones. Friends that you will feel safe to be yourself, thrive, learn and grow. You may not have a seat at their table but know that there is always a seat at the table with Jesus. Better is one in his court than a thousand elsewhere Psalm 84:10. Let's leave the mean girls (or boys) mentality behind and love one another. 💕

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