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What Kind Of Example Are We Setting?

by Jeri Johnson

A The Kids & Me Contributor

I recently had the privilege of being with my grandchildren for almost a

week. They are ten and twelve years old. Like most siblings, they had

moments in which they could not live without each other. Later, they had

moments in which they could not live with each other. Each of them would

tell me of his sibling's ungodly behavior, while he or she, on the other

hand, was a complete angel. As I listened to them, I wondered if this is how

we look to God.

As Christian adults, we argue over issues of politics, race, abortion and

immigration- to name a few. We get our views of politics and social issues,

not from the Bible, but from the so-called experts in the media many of

whom are not even Christians. And, we pass on those views to our

children. Instead of being kind and tenderhearted toward each other as the

Bible commands, we are often judgmental and unforgiving. We should ask

ourselves what kind of example we are setting for the world in general and

our children in particular. Will the things that we get so upset about matter

in eternity? David said in Psalm 133, "How good and pleasant it is for

brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head,

running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge

of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the

mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing - life


We live in a city of many different cultures and backgrounds. Many of

those different cultures are in our church. We are different, but we have one

thing in common: our love of Jesus Christ. We should let that love

transcend any differences that we have.

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