Jesus said the world would know we are his by our love for one another (John 13:35). If people who are not Christians and even those who are - if they watched you, listened to you and noted how you treat others, would they know you belong to Jesus if you didn't tell them?
Not much love is being shown today among leaders who profess to be Christians. And this unfortunately for many has become the idea of what Christianity is and they want no part of it or us. Sad reality.
It has become a game of who can outshout the other, defame the other, and humiliate most the other in the name of a god unrecognizable by true biblical standards.
Satan has found the perfect fishing hole. A treasure trove in the cove of Christianity among many of America's political leaders who profess to be Christians, but whose behavior and words illustrate anything but.
Jesus left the task of telling, illustrating, and disciplining the entire world in the hands of eleven men. Thank God they were neither Democrats or Republicans, but men who loved God more than themselves, their country or their heritage.
This is what it will take today. John F. Kennedy made the profound statement that rings throughout history, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
If what, as Christians, we can do for the country is spread more division, anger and angst, what good are we to our fellow countrymen and more important, to the Kingdom?
It is time to stop taking the bait and start taking a hard look at ourselves and what we are about as a nation and as leaders.
If the goal is to seek the limelight, more followers on social media and to have your name praised on FOX News or CNN, you have taken the bait.
If all you can see when you look across the aisle at someone who is of a different race or political party as an enemy - and look upon them with disdain and hate, you have taken the bait.
We have a lot of baited Christian leaders and when the time is right to do the most harm to them, their families and the people they serve, Satan is going to reel them in and do what skilled fishermen do, gut them.
Rest assured, if you have taken the bait of hatred, anger, arrogance, sowing seeds of discord, and looking for hits on social media, you are baited and sooner or later will be gutted.
The time for America is now. The time for godly leaders who will stand for the Kingdom in America is now.
As Christians, we have one Adversary who hates us all equally - black, white, Republican or Democrat.
When he looks at a born-again believer no matter if they are on the right or left, he doesn't see an elephant or donkey, he sees a lamb. That is top of mind to him in every scheme, in every lie and in every plot he entices us to engage.
But we can't see the forest for the trees of politics nor the hook for the bait. I implore every leader in a position of leadership, whether locally or nationally to take time to re-examine themselves.
As we enter Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and time to breathe, I urge you to take stock of things. Of you. Who you are, what you've been saying, how you have been acting and treating others. I challenge you to open the Bible and compare notes.
The only thing that matters is not if the press is singing your praises or giving you accolades. But have you given God your best or worse, taken the bait?