What Do You Think?

Argument or Agreement? I am alarmed at how the church of Jesus and our United States nation are becoming more and more divided. I wonder if those who devote themselves to arguing for or against right or left in faith and/or politics are considering the damage they do. It saddens me to see how they limit themselves to dwelling in their blind spots. Does fighting for their views really change anything for the better? It saddens me how constant, unremitting debate, fails to reverence the larger landscape–the beauty of God’s enormous love in Christ and the profound harmony of His universe. After all, the Apostle is clear that God’s ultimate objective is unity and harmony, not disagreement and argument. When I consider the many ways we do agree, I am at peace. When I focus on our differences, or worse, argue for mine against yours, I add to the boiling crisis dividing us and get irritable bowel syndrome in the bargain.

What do You Think?

Uncle Sam or Jesus? My obedience to Christ includes bearing witness to Him by my conduct of life and my words. If I resort to using politics to realize Christ’s agenda, I fall into a quagmire. When I hope to see His purposes achieved through government, do I head towards Him or away from Him? Didn’t he say, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s?” Isn’t it clear that the issue is “not serving two masters?” I love my country, but to whom do I pledge my obedience and loyalty—Uncle Sam or Jesus? It’s got to be one or the other.

What do You Think?

 

7 thoughts on “What Do You Think?

  1. “If I resort to using politics to realize Christ’s agenda, I fall into a quagmire. When I hope to see His purposes achieved through government, do I head towards Him or away from Him?”
    Funny thing…anything I read about Jesus, His purposes never included nationalism or striving to make laws that reflect our convictions. It is time we stop rubber-stamping His name on what amounts to OUR agenda(s).
    We are to serve Him and to support one another in His service. In that, we should be able to agree.

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      • “If it were possible, even the very elect….” Makes me wonder about who really bears His name and who uses His name along with their sense of law.

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      • The Pharisees did it. Behavior modification is the order of the religious. They think they can make a duck by making it walk and sound like a duck and perhaps throwing a few feathers on it. In turn, today’s Christianesque sorts think if they can force people to behave in certain ways, they can make this into a “Christian Nation”. Well, no.

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  2. Nationalism has become an idol in the Church. Plain and simple. It has divided those within its own ranks, as well as those who are not so nationalistic from the nationalist mindset. It is high time we all get back to Jesus.

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