For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Hello Altered Stories Family.

As I write, we are just a few months out from the election here in the U.S and we are still seeing unrest on the streets. Just yesterday, my husband and I were taking part in some praise and worship, and we found out that the local BLM chapter had vandalized the building we were in. This was all in the name of “peaceful protesting.”

Why do I bring this up?

Because the question then becomes how should we respond in the name of defacing, and violence, and other such tactics?

Should we as God fearing believers fight fire with fire?

I believe this, we are called to be peace makers, but we are also called to defend our families.

We are called to love even the unlovable, but part of being loving is speaking the truth to those who most need to hear it.

I understand that we are in a time when division is the mantra of the day.

This is why Yeshua, Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth, but what use is salt if it loses its flavor? It’s good for nothing but to be thrown to the ground, and trample under foot.” Salt back in the time of our Lord was both a disinfectant of open wounds, as well as a flavor enhancer.

For some the beliefs we hold are a stinging reminder of their own sin, and they prefer darkness rather than light. For others, we offer their only hope, and so we bring living water, and pure light the light of Yeshua, Jesus.

So in light of all this, knowing the times we are in, how should we respond? Let us speak the truth of God’s word, seasoned with salt, but reaching out to the world with hands of love.

If we do this, we will point them back to the one who was the perfect example of love, the one who died on the cross for our Sins.

I hope this was helpful.

God bless,
Teresa