The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
I don’t know where to start with this post. There is so much anger swirling around among believers that the air is thick with prophecies of judgement and condemnation for the choice America made on Election Day. People have serious retaliatory issues when things don’t go the way they want them to. It’s not like we haven’t seen these tantrums before. Not even Jesus’ first disciples could resist the urge to call down fire and brimstone on situations that resisted the ways of their discipleship.
And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. (Luke 9:51-55)
Pastor Kris Vallotton, of Bethel Church has an awesome message on the subject this week, in response to all the angry e-mail and letters that have been flying back and forth between prophets, preachers, leaders and irrate believers since the election. It’s as if the “spirit of Jonah” has descended on whole segments of the Body of Christ! Personally, I prefer Bill Johnson’s phrase – “the spirit of stupid!”
Folks, focus here! We’re not called to speak judgement on our world, the gospel is clear about that. We’re called to speak Life! We’re called to preach, heal, reconcile, forgive, and restore, but judging is God’s job. We sin when we prophesy judgement on anyone. So knock it off!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)