Things I Think…
This is generically a “Christian” blog trying to make some sort of online “Christian ” community.
My problem is that I no longer recognize most of what is labeled “Christian” as having anything to do with what I understand to be the historic Christian faith.
I search the New Testament looking for discussions among Christ and His followers about pending legislation in the Roman Senate or how to replace those in political power…and I find nothing.
Mentions of the culture abound…but only to draw what the distinctions should be between the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God…without any implication that we are to seek conflict with that culture at all.
If we are being distinctly the people of God, that conflict will naturally come…but we overcome only by sacrificial love and then we only overcome fully at the eschaton.
I do see that the religious leaders of the day missed their appointment with Messiah because He wasn’t bringing immediate political victory.
I fear we are missing ours for the same reason.
I’m convinced that much of the church wants the same Jesus the Pharisees wanted…and would do the same thing to Him today that they did then when He declines their demand for power.
Those who identify with the suffering Savior will meet the same fate…in metaphor or reality.
I also see that the New Testament is concerned primarily with how God’s people think and behave…the command is to love our neighbors as ourselves and to love our Lord with all our hearts and minds.
God defines love for Him as obedience to His commandments…which are fulfilled in loving God and neighbor.
My vocation as I understood it over thirty years ago…was to teach people about Jesus and help them grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
That has been my calling…along with making the church a safe place to know and worship Him.
Those battles inside the church are ones we are commanded to undertake…not to fight the culture, but our own sin and failings.
I know little about politics, vaccines, medicine, economics, or most other worldly topics.
I didn’t know I was supposed to in order to engage my calling.
I think I know Christ…but not the Christ of cultural and political warfare.
My hope is at the eschaton I knew the real one…if He asks for my voter registration card I’ll know it’s over for me.
Make your own application…