Monday, March 21, 2016

HOW To Care About Politics: Concise Thoughts

Do you and I have the courage 
to admit that the biggest enemy 
of the gospel
and of God's Kingdom 
has NEVER been the ones 
with political power; 
but rather, 
the greatest enemy of the gospel 
and of God's kingdom
has ALWAYS been 
Christians who are 

The gospel flourished and spread 
under the reign of Nero, 
the Christian-butchering madman. 

The Kingdom of God
 flourished in underground churches 
all over the communist nations of the world, 
in the face of intense persecution and martyrdom.

The gospel can flourish and spread 
under whoever our new president may be.

IF we understand that the 
Kingdom of God can flourish 
no matter who is president, 

BUT we're still so upset about politics 
that we're willing to dump Christlikeness 
in favor of sinful attitudes and actions, 
in pursuit of political power, 

THEN we have no choice 
but to conclude that 
we aren't prioritizing the Kingdom of God at all,
but rather our own kingdoms, 
and we're rebelling against the One who told us to 
"Seek first the Kingdom of God, 
and His righteousness, 
and all these things will be added to you."

please forgive us 
for reviling others in Your name, 
instead of showing others that 
Your love and Your strength are enough 
to give us peace, and joy, and endless hope
no matter what!

Please forgive us 
for bringing such dishonor to You 
by being fearful, depressed by circumstances, 
hateful, spiteful, vengeful, and power-hungry. 

Who would want the god of people like that, 
when they can behave the same way 
(and sometimes better) 
with no god at all! 

Please help us 
to ask ourselves hard questions 
about why we act and feel as we do, 
and what it says about 
the powerless "little-g" god 
we so often believe in, 
when we should be exulting in 
the God of Calvary, 
and of the empty tomb, 
and of the coming Kingdom 
that shall never pass away! 

How different 
would this world be 
if we really lived 
(and talked, and Facebook-posted) 
from faith in our big-G God 
who reigns over all 
the circumstances of our lives?

Please make it so, Lord Jesus.
Please revive Your people.
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