Every election, my Facebook is flooded with individuals expressing their passionate beliefs about “hot button” issues. People, upset that their rights may be violated, take to social media to express their outrage or concern about the future because the new president, senator, or state representative is of the opposite political persuasion.
Just look at how passionate a pro-gun conservative gets when you even mention gun rights. Duck for cover. Or look at how passionate an anti-gun liberal get when you mention pro-gun rights. Cover your ears.
Passion is not something that is wrong. God made us emotional and passionate people. Passion is not a sin in and of itself but can it be displaced?
As Christians, what drives our passion? Christians should have a zeal for the house of God. Jesus had a zeal for His Father’s house, as evidenced by His overthrowing of the money lenders tables in the temple (John 2:17).
Do we have this same zeal for the church today? Do we have more passion for gun rights, whether for or against them, as we do for the truth? People are ready to go to war over their gun rights but are they willing to stand for truth at all? Does it even faze us when churches go astray from the truth or laws are passed that are anti-Christian?
We all need to have a passion and a zeal for God. If we are to be His people, then we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1). This requires turning our hearts over to God and changing our thinking towards our eternal souls instead of our temporary tabernacles. After all, our citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20).
Enjoy your freedom