Hijacking the Gospel message

We live in a highly politicized world. Even if you try to ignore it, the political world affects you.

As a believer in Christ, I must rise above it. But ignorance is not an option.

I cringe when I see a Christian cheerleader for any politician from any country. Presidents and prime ministers might believe in God, but do they worship him? Are their actions, words, and attitudes a good testimony? Do they seek God’s will? Or is their heart divided? How many moral compromises have they made to obtain and retain power?

Yes, I must take a position, but if I place any person on a pedestal, I risk breaking the First Commandment:

You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)

I’m tired of the Gospel message being hijacked for political reasons. So many websites manipulate emotions and fears while pumping out a direct political message — all in the name of God.

Some make the excuse that politicians are God’s instruments. So was King Saul, but he did not deserve praise. He wasn’t a good example. Saul’s mistakes identified him more than anything. Yet Saul was critical to God’s plan. No Christian is a Saul cheerleader though.

I make a point to read news sources outside of the mainstream. Not Facebook news. I’m critical of all leadership. I question their motives, and I investigate. The enemy will sell you whatever your heart desires, except for the truth. There is a lot of manipulation going on out there. Do Not Be Fooled. Do Not Be Seduced.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1)

Yes, we must respect our leaders. This is something seriously lacking everywhere these days, but respect does not mean blind devotion. If a leader acts against God’s morality, it should be brought out to the light.

Governing is complex and difficult. Still, it seems as if people fear being critical. Or are they just lazy? Just because you voted for someone doesn’t mean you have to support them 100%. Their mistakes aren’t yours.

I’m not calling for an uprising in the streets, but rather a revolution in our hearts.

Sadly, political philosophies have taken the place of faith in many people’s hearts. And when politics rule, only power and the abuse of power are real.

Go deeper. Rise above it.

There’s a big difference between a capable world leader and a godly man. The gap is abysmal. How many capable leaders run hugely successful corporations these days? Are they all godly?

Worldly success means nothing in the eyes of God. We’re just silly bugs playing on a speck of dirt. Only our faith is capable of getting God’s attention.

It’s scary when a nation finds peace and consolation in their leadership — as true peace can only come from Almighty God.

Many reject this message out of fear. It challenges a tremendously strong false god that has taken control of their hearts. It’s a little god that says, “If I’m okay and all my family and friends are okay first, then I’ll do the Christian thing.”

For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape.  (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)

So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen. (Matthew 20:16)

If Jesus walked the earth today, which political party would he belong to? None. I’m sure of it. He would denounce them all as he did over 2000 years ago. He would call them all to repentance. He would exhort them to embrace God the Father. And he would die for their sins. He wouldn’t hold up a sign cheering for any human being.

The eyes of Christ are fixed upon God the Father. The mouth of our Lord proclaims the Gospel. The hands of our Lord heal the sick and raise the dead. The heart of our Lord loves and bleeds for the sinner. The Spirit of our Lord rises above this world to show us a heavenly place where we find true peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Here’s the process I am going through currently with President Trump:

  • I think it’s great that he’s putting limits on abortion. I applaud him taking a stance against the invasion of gender ideology.

  • I’m watching his immigration policies.

  • The job market is strong – good. Now let’s see where average wages go.

  • A non-biased explanation of his tax plan is hard to find, but I’m sure corporations are happy.

  • I’m against him setting up multibillion dollar arms deals with Saudi Arabia and supporting the war in Yemen.

*Of all the issues above, the last point dramatically overshadows all the others. Trillions of dollars have been spent on misguided ventures like these over the past 10 (20 or more?) years. The result is the death of innocents and blood stained profit.

The godly man, the man of this third millennium does the homework. You don’t have to be a political expert, but be informed. Don’t swallow the hype. Don’t politicize the Gospel message. Let the Word feed your soul instead.

See with the eyes of the Spirit

The abortion issue is a prime example. I’m against legalized abortion, but I’m not going to march against it. Instead, I’m going to support efforts to understand why a woman would want to abort. Why doesn’t she want the child? And what can we do socially, economically, culturally, spiritually, and PERSONALLY to save more childrens’ lives?

The Christian man of this millennium cannot afford to be lazy. It’s not just FOR or AGAINST. Look how Jesus treated the woman caught in adultery. Or how he answered questions about paying taxes. Christ looks far beyond the surface argument. His gaze and his love penetrate the heart to transform the soul.

But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6)

Be vigilant. Be sober. Think for yourself!

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