Jun. 5, 2020

Thoughts: Responding To The Times

Please view this short video at the link: (Sebastian Lopez YouTube Channel) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI_lncFytOM&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2CRHAa1UnzmGc2Nyk0DhKbIZts4PiWrdbSkZIVaI3-4gwcKLtQWZAGxWc

This video is very thought provoking, and challenges the politicized and highly charged position of most Christians today. Do we see ourselves in light of Jesus sending us as the Father sent Him?

"... the Prince of the power of the air that works in the children of disobedience..." is not how we see ourselves as Christians, but is that view acccurate?

Today I was moved to begin rereading Tolstoy's Kingdom of God and Peace Essays. The ones creating violence and mayhem are not the only ones to blame. We who call ourselves Christians have yet to really reckon with the fact that we're to be in the world but not of its ways.

I have to begin with checking in on my own attitudes. If the Prince of Peace says His Kingdom is not of this world, and the ways of that Kingdom and His example are non-violent, and I claim to be His follower, then I've a lot of interior rearranging to do. He never said nor exemplified that that idea changes, in peaceful times or in violent times... I find myself rethinking a lot of things. The choice is simple: it's either the Prince of the power of the air, or the Prince of Peace and the radical nature of His Gospel.

I've come back to this space often, and realize as Jesus says that if we love Him, we keep his commandments, and in making disciples it's necessary to "teach them to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you. My inner "tug" is in the direction of non-resistance. I really believe that the radical teaching of Jesus in this regard would change the world, if our discipling were along the lines of "educating" rather than protesting - whether non violent or violent. It ALWAYS goes political when there are protests, which puts it right back in the adversary's ball park. We're so immersed in a culture of guts, guns, and glory.

 It's necessary to pull away from the eye for an eye narrative. Too easy to get submerged in it because it gets blasted at us from every direction, as well as who the next political "savior" will be (none of whom can be trusted). When you do, you realize how it's taken up too much thought, and wasted too much energy.

Colossians 3:1-3 "If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God."

This Biblical realization brings a radical perspective that we've already in a sense died and are hidden in Christ. This world and the devil, as He said of Himself, have nothing in us!