A spirit of suspicion is working overtime to divide the Church. In the last 18 months, I have had people I’ve known for years doubt my integrity and motives simply because I view a particular aspect of God’s Kingdom from a slightly different perspective. When this happens it is grieving to our soul.
Suspicion is something to which we can all fall prey. Suspicion’s ultimate goal is division. It plays out most often when a religious or political spirit is running rampant in a society like it is doing in our nation at this moment in our history. If we are not careful and let this spirit have its way, the Holy Spirit will no longer be at the helm of our thinking. Dark agendas designed to create division and bring death to our relationships will take hold and determine our heading.
Suspicion reinterprets a situation through our limited insight and then uses that flawed interpretation to implant an offense. The reinterpretation happens when our bias becomes the filter to determine what we consider to be the truth. That offense then attaches itself to a judgment and that judgment is used to create the distance of heart and mind required to produce division.
Yesterday, the sadness of the divisive work of suspicion hit home in a very profound way. I felt sorrow. I spent the day praying and blessing those I know who have fallen victim to this predatory spirit. These are good people. They are not my enemy. I knew how to pray because, in my own life, there have been times I yielded to suspicion’s temptation and was robbed of the joy that comes from being one with people even though we might not see eye-to-eye on the non-essentials of our faith. Be careful. We are sailing through treacherous waters.