Battle Lines

Jesus lived in a world of intense legalism. We live in a world where the battle lines are around values – BLM, Me Too, No Platforming, Pride, …

The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.

Psalm 2:2

Whenever people face off against one another, Jesus ends up being the casualty! Two sides lift up their standards and demonise anyone who does not join them.

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.  

Psalm 2:4

We get all concerned. Do we join the fray, taking a side with the self-righteous, or do we allow ourselves to be condemned for not joining, or even worse commending someone who has been demonised. As we look at these choices God’s perspective seems shocking, he laughs!

“I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

Psalm 2:6

Our Father brings us back to the perspective of heaven. Jesus is Lord! Each side bullies those who don’t join them. I need to hold to Jesus and the way he leads, where –

love and faithfulness meet together

Psalm 85:10

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Polarised Positions

When we enter a polarised debate, where each side looks at the other as the enemy, then war can enter our hearts.

As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises.

Psalm 55:20

Polarisation can divide friends. We see someone who was once a companion in our pilgrimage with Jesus. For whatever reason we find ourselves on opposite sides accusing the other of breaking their commitments.

His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war.

Psalm 55:21

Since the players are godly people, their words are smooth as butter. They try to behave themselves. But there is a problem – In each heart is war, and war seeps out. So, the words might be contained and measured, but ultimately the real intent will come out.

 His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!

When war is in the heart, no matter how reasoned what is spoken, it conceals a dagger and the intent is violence. A self-righteous urge to force the other to their side of the division.

When I find such thoughts coming into my mind (how embarrassing), I must recognise that I have made an idol of “my” side. I have made my position more important than the love of Jesus, who loves these people whom I find myself treating as enemies!