Create, Don’t Copy

Is it just me, or do you also get that “check” within you when we Christians promote our version in response to what people in the world are doing? For instance, the flag. I love the Christian flag and the pledge I recite expressing allegiance to Jesus Christ, but do I now use its image on social media as a response to the rainbow colors I see?

Here’s the tendency that I note within myself and other believers: we observe the popular messages promoted via media, then we produce our version that is true and holy. Now, I’m all for truth and holiness- it is my pursuit to know Jesus more, so truth and holiness are very much a part of my life. But the point I’m trying to make is who is leading whom? Does the world dictate the messages that should be front and center, and we, the Church, follow suit with the God-honoring version? Or, does the Church seek the heart of God so that we may convey His love, His Word, and the realities of His kingdom? What if this past weekend’s most popular image in our social media’s newsfeed was something representing the power of God due to the reports of miracles happening around the world in Jesus’ name? Wouldn’t that have more appeal than a mere copy of something the world is promoting?

God is Creator. He always has been and forever will be the Original. We are made in His image. We are not here simply to mimic the times with a Jesus version of pop culture; we are endued with power to build the kingdom of God.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).

My charge for the Church is to switch from a perspective of “copy power” to one of “creative power.” It is time for us to take back our families and our communities from strongholds of darkness. In fact, if you are willing, I invite you to join a social media campaign starting July 4 to do just that. We will unite in faith to declare the realities of heaven over our respective cities and communities. Look for these hashtags {#mycityhisname, #ideclare, #creativepower} and post your declaration for your city/community each day as well.  Marriage Building is hosting the campaign because we believe that families formed by a husband and a wife are the basic building blocks of a strong and healthy nation.

On a personal note, I’d like to share that sometimes, it’s very tiring to be an optimist! It requires a swimming against the current because the spirit within refuses to give up. Is anyone swimming upstream with me? Will we see a turning of the tide in America? Will she once again as a nation revere God?

If there is a stirring within you as you read this post, allow me to ask you the same question the Spirit of God asked Ezekiel:

Son of man, can these bones live?

Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!'”

Recall the outcome of this vision recorded by the prophet in Ezekiel 37- those dry bones came to life as the son of man prophesied.

Make sure to follow Marriage Building on Facebook and Twitter to join in the “One Nation Under God” campaign starting Independence Day!

Breathing out words of life,

Renee

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