The hardest part about being a Christian in the United States is the fact that events seem designed to throw into the pits of despair and hopelessness.
Yet we have a duty to be happy. To be cheerful. To be a shining light.
Why? Isn’t Christianity a personal thing?
Yes and no. What is inside our souls is important, of course. But we also have an obligation to spread cheer and light and hope.
Would things be easier if all of us, if not actually Christian, at least acted like Christ?
Jesus didn’t despair. He didn’t needlessly shun or divide. And He didn’t hate.
If people rejected Him, He basically shrugged his shoulders and went to the next village.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
But He’d always be there, waiting, in case people wanted to turn to Him later on.
One of my favorite Proverbs is 17:22:
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
We can’t let our spirits dry up and whither. We can’t hold grudges and stay angry at others.
If God could have a good attitude and be hopeful as people killed Him, I think having good cheer is the least we could do.
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