The Dry Spirit

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?

Absolutely. 

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.

–Matthew 10:14

But He’d always be there, waiting, in case people wanted to turn to Him later on. 

I try to keep this in mind in the wake of all the anger and death and despair. It’s so easy to become bitter and cynical and angry. But what good does that do?

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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4 thoughts on “The Dry Spirit

  1. Jesus was also a man of sorrows and well acquainted with grief. I don’t think there’s any kind of Biblical mandate demanding we “spread cheer.” Jesus says rather to “be of good cheer” because he has overcome all things. The Spirit gives us joy and thanksgiving (among other fruits), but these things are exercised in spite of our emotional state. They are vested in the fulfilled promises of God and His transformative power.
    What matters more for our testament to a watching world is that they see the impact Christ has upon our daily experience- be it pleasant or devastating.
    It’s normal to desire and to pursue happiness. It’s important to seek fecundity when there is barrenness; but our love, peace, joy, & thanksgiving can be proclaimed even in the publicly obvious depths of our despair or malaise.

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    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      Thanks for the comment Jonathan!

      I was thinking in the context of letting our lights shine among men, so to speak, as a testimony to the power of Christ and the Spirit. For example, when people ask how I can be cheerful or seemingly at peace despite the craziness in my life and the world around me, the answer is because of the impact of Christ.

      When you say “What matters more for our testament to a watching world is that they see the impact Christ has upon our daily experience–be it pleasant or devastating,” that’s what I was trying to get at. Perhaps I didn’t articulate it as well as you did.

      We have an obligation to spread the good news. A big part of that comes from not losing hope. No matter how devastating things are, as you say, God has not forsaken us. Hence, we can’t let our spirits dry up. We can’t fail to proclaim “even in the publicly obvious depths of our despair or malaise.”

      So by “cheer” perhaps I was too broad. We’re not going to be in a good mood all of the time, but happiness comes from the Spirit and the Lord. There’s earthly misery, and then there’s the misery that comes from shunning Christ. That’s the kind we need to avoid.

      Again, as always, I appreciate the discussion!

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