My brothers and sisters, I owe you an explanation:
I did not address the injustice of our government separating families at the border in my last article. I intend to do that now.
Firstly, I need to make it clear that I am not here to discuss our country’s politics. This blog is about the Lord and always will be as it is a reflection of where my heart is.
My loyalty is to one Ruler who is Jesus.
I want to see God’s kingdom come as much as the next Christian. However, we spend far more time concerning ourselves with this temporary government and even arguing over it amongst ourselves.
Where is our loyalty, really?
I’m not asserting that we shouldn’t participate, only that our level of participation has created an unhealthy and unholy preoccupation.
That said, it has been suggested that I am being generous with my response to Jeff Sessions’ remarks about applying scripture.
I do not believe he has intentionally abused scripture. Intent matters. Our responding in grace matters more.
The church is often criticized for their lack of grace. It seems we are guilty as charged when we hear like this:
“Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own,” a statement allegedly coming from the papacy right before a massacre ensued. This was later reinterpreted as “Kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out,” by our own US military.
That is the way of this world. Struggle for power.
This is the definition of politics: “the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”
Christians should be in this world but not of it. Participating in the world government insofar as it is necessary to affect change and right injustice, but no further.
We get caught in the power struggle. That is a major reason our church is so divided today.
That is why this article and the last are not really about Jeff Sessions. They are about Jesus just like every article I write.
“Our level of participation has created an unhealthy and unholy preoccupation”
I’m simply using the things that people are more concerned with to turn attention back to Christ. These articles have received far more attention than those simply focusing on forgiveness or submission.
I’m tired of seeing the Church tear herself apart over politics; the very existence of which is antithetical to God’s sovereignty.
So to close, know that I believe these things:
1) Separating families is wrong
2) Breaking the law is wrong
3) The only Biblical way to address injustice is to take ACTION.
Running your mouth on social media is not activism. It’s ignorant. Make some moves for the Kingdom or exit stage left and take your opinions with you.
If we stand by and do nothing we are no better than those causing the harm we decry.
The action I take happens to be writing so I’ll keep doing this… reminding believers who attack each other what is really important.
May they know us by our love for one another.