Honest history shows that greatness without kindness is counterfeit.

Perhaps it’s time for history to stop repeating itself. Let’s begin to discover the hidden or ignored events that we need to know about. For example: For many generations in American history, darker skin color was labeled as a bad thing, an inferior thing. That was a total lie! All skin colors are equal blessings from God.

People like to talk about “the right side of history” but history is often on the wrong side of truth. To ignore or deny history that is painful is to choose darkness over light. An oxymoron: Many people that history considers great, were human traffickers. Is it possible that some of your opinions aren’t based on truth?

To be faithful to your conscience, even when it’s unpopular and will get you criticized and attacked, takes courage! When loyalty overrides conscience, a culture is in trouble. We need to examine history thru our conscience. The fuller story can augment the selective American history we were taught in school.

Jesus calls us to a new perspective that sees the invisible realities like mercy, justice, holiness, love, kindness, and truth. Pride involves self-deception. Honesty and truth produce humility. “All we like sheep have gone astray . . .” (Isaiah 53:6) When caring, compassion, and kindness are rare for those who disagree, a democracy’s in trouble.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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