Are you more like Jesus or a Pharisee?

           The World seems to be in Chaos at the present time….   Shootings – Politics – Spiritual Warfare.   The big Question is it what am I going to do to help in bringing the Chaos back into order.   I just listened to a powerful prayer from Franklin Graham praying for our Political Leaders as the Republican’s start their convention (He will be praying for the Democrat Convention next week).  This is one of the best ways I can help – “Prayer”.
          Pastor Shaun’s sermon this week asked the question:  “Are you more like Jesus or a Pharisee?”  As I go forward this must be a question that I need to ask myself several times and keep myself in check to my responses.  I do believe that Prayer is our biggest weapon, but we must also be active in helping bring the Chaos back into order.  Pastor Shaun shared the scripture below:

1st Corithinians 13: 1>3

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

I must respond to the Chaos in Love and my actions must be in a way that the people around me will see Jesus working through me.  As my friend Nick would say “Love Wins”.
Former Secretary of State – Condoleezza Rice shared a very strong prayer this week that we should all be praying: 

“But dear Heavenly Father, that is not the future we want for our country,” Rice prayed. “We do not want that division to continue to shadow our future, or the future of our children or our grandchildren. And so we turn to you. We know that there are no easy answers, but the answers will come through you.”

“As a nation and as a people, we need to race again toward you, into the embrace of your loving arms,” she continued. “Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for guidance, we pray for wisdom for our leaders, and we pray that each and every one of us will leave this place justified by faith and secure and confident in your deep, deep love for us.”

Concluding her prayer, Rice, who now teaches at Stanford University, hoped that Christians will “go out into the world as instruments of your peace” and “instruments of reconciliation.”

“And that each and every day, dear Heavenly Father, we will search and ask that we can be a blessing to one another, as you have been a blessing to us,” she said. “These things we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”


I know it is so tempting to respond in a judgmental way to put the blame on so many people for the Chaos and many of them deserve the blame.  But My prayer for myself is to be in check to make sure that I am a positive response in helping to bring order back into our World.
 So the one big question is:   Are you more like Jesus or a Pharisee?