You know, I don’t think I have ever presented my political views in these Morning Messages, and there are a few reasons for that. First, those of you who know me, especially through my presence on Facebook, know what they are, and I try to make these messages more uplifting and focus solely on our Savior. But secondly, many of those who receive these messages, live in other parts of the world. So, if you live outside of the U. S., there is no need to hear my political views, but you do need to hear messages of hope, correction, and faith.
In fact, there are some sects who believe that Christians should never have anything to do with politics. That they should not vote, or hold office or even register to vote. In their mind, “faith and politics do not mix,” so Christians should not have any engagement in the political realm.
I suppose there is some validity to that argument. What I mean is that for some believers, politics become their only focus and they miss (or forget) the fundamentals of the Christian faith. They spend all their time getting angry and shaking their fist and yell at the pundits on TV or while listening to Talk Radio. They put more hope and confidence in the politicians and government they are advocating for, at the expense of living a life devoted to their Heavenly Father and His Kingdom. They forget that our hope will never be found in any political system, but rather in our Messiah, Jesus Christ.
As valid as these claims of Christians abstaining from politics may be, it is also wrong for Christians to become completely isolated from politics. When the people of God sit on the sidelines and do not vote or run for office, they are carelessly leaving the fate of future generations in the hands of wicked and immoral men. But Christians were silent, we are faced with the legal murder of pre-born children and Christian businesses be closed and saddled with immense fines. When we abstain from the public square, we are compromising one of the most fundamental instructions Jesus gave us: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31).
Huh That’s right. Jesus made it clear that we are to first, love God and then to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and these instructions are as clear as the nose on our face. In fact, our love for our neighbor is grounded in our love for God! So, if we are going to love our neighbor, we must protect their inalienable rights and freedoms. And that applies to those outside the U.S. as well as those within the U.S. When Jefferson wrote those words in the Declaration of Independence, he was proclaiming that those“unalienable rights” were fixed rights given by our Creator and not by any government! Those “rights” belong to anyone and everyone, not just those in the U.S. The fact that they emphasized our Creator is extremely important because those rights are permanent in the same way that the Creator is permanent. Read again their explanation:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another . . . to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them . . .
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [not just Americans; not just nice people; not just Christians; but all men] are created equal . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Those rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are your rights regardless of what you are experiencing or what your Government recognizes. In fact, that is why governments are created among men:
[T]o secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness . . .
And all that is well and good, but as I explained above, many believers are becoming fixated on the things in the world. Certainly it is politics, especially during this election season, but what about those who spend so much time and money in the bars, or neglecting their marriage by spending so much time playing video or games or “surfing” the internet? Those are “other‘ types of things that are drawing believers aside.
My friends, the Lord has put it on my heart that each of us — you, me and everyone we know, need to seek a clear separation from the world. Oh, not so much a separation from politics and such, but rather all of those things that are draining our life and separating us from our devotion to Holiness and Righteous living. And the only thing that can make that happen is the power of the cross.
Think of the cross as cutting the umbilical cord that has us tied to the world. That umbilical cord has functioned as the connection between us and everything that distracts us and diverts our attention to things that are impure and unholy. That umbilical cord must be cut off, knotted and dried up, and the place where it will be done is at the cross.
During the time Jesus was walking the earth, death on a cross was a symbol of disgrace and used to execute slaves and the lower levels of society. And as disciples of Jesus, we need to allow the timeless power of Christ’s cross to work its death in us, so we might live to God. Allow its power to be a permanent barrier between you and the world! If you do, it will revolutionize your life.
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