Time for a DNA Test: part 3
You are reading part three of Time for a DNA test, if you have not read parts 1-2 please do so and return to this article.
It is time to take the spiritual DNA test. For starters we will test your character against what Paul stressed to the Ephesians in chapter four of his epistle to them.
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" - Eph 4:1-2
Look at the word lowliness in verse two. It means humble. Perhaps you are like me and you take much pride in being the humblest person you know (excuse my humor). As you can see it is not possible to identify oneself with humility, however the characteristic of humility identifies those who belong to God. Philippains 2:5-8 tells us to have the mind or character of Jesus who humbled Himself. Paul was speaking in that section of the act of Christ, not the attitude. Professing Christians sometimes try to present the attitude of humility, but Jesus performed a humble action. He set aside His glory to become a human. He not only became a human He submitted Himself to the cross where He accepted the cruel treatment of the Roman soldiers and the rejection of His fellow Jews; He also took your sin on Himself and became sin for you and me. He absorbed the wrath of God while taking your punishment for sin.
The bible teaches says love our enemies because God loved you when you were His enemy. So looking down on those who oppose God, or who are different than you in race, nationality, or ethnicity, or politics is not humility, or biblical love.
Disclaimer: The conduct of professing Christians who are following the behavior of political leaders in disrespecting, mocking, name calling, speaking evil, etc... scares me. Paul called on the Ephesians to walk worthy of their calling. I am calling on Christians to walk worthy of the name of Christ. I suggest it is time to take a DNA test. The evil characteristics being demonstrated do not belong to Christ; and God is not responsible for those who are not His. Please take the test, repent, make changes where necessary. You can not simply identify with humility you have to perform acts of humility. Lay down the pride, stop drawing a line in the sand, cross over that line and be a friend to sinners. I Pray from this point on your humble actions will identify you as one of Gods children.
The Holy Bible: King James Version., electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version. (Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995), Eph 4:1–2.