Power is a wonderful thing, but only when used appropriately. Some of you lived through an era called World War II when there were leaders of nations who were power hungry and misused their power against their citizens and others throughout the world. We still have that mindset in the world today, and we call it terrorism.
Our Christian brothers and sisters in many nations are being persecuted. Entire church structures are being decimated. A few weeks ago, two priests were killed by the opposition to Christianity. One was shot to death and the other was beheaded.
The Christian has the power of the Holy Spirit to go through the stress of whatever persecution comes their way. Power, love and a sound mind: The three ingredients every Christian has available as they move forward with their faith.
For the Christian, we are given the power of the Holy Spirit so we can use our brains to think with a sound mind and understand how love can and should work through each of us. To be a practicing Christian means we are interactive with our faith. We share our faith in many ways.
Be interactive with your faith today. Share a good word with someone. Do a good deed. Find someone who is in need and see what you can do to help. You, as a believer, have been given the power to decide how you can help.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or at www.doclayne.com.