FOR OR AGAINST?
I ran across this quote on the Sojourners website (http://blog.sojo.net/) and it reminded me of how futile and anti-Kingdom it is to try to effect change in the world through politics and human effort. Yet, every day I’m deluged with emails, Facebook messages, blog comments and personal conversations, attempting to enlist my efforts in fighting any number of evils in the world: homosexuality, liberalism and Democrat politics, the encroachment of Islam, illegal immigrants, abortion, high taxes, limits on the right to bear arms, and on and on and on …
These misguided appeals are primarily foisted upon me by Christians – people I know. All the while, there are more than two billion people in the world who have never heard the name of Jesus, or met anyone who truly and honestly represents Him. Who will go to them? Who will sacrifice comfort for them? Who will give their lives for them?
Who will be the face of Jesus to the lost?
American Christians seem to be highly engaged when it comes to fighting evil in the world, through petitions, protesting, email blasts, fear-mongering, and right-wing, conservative politics. They are quick to demonize the left, and just as quick to defend conservative politicians, even when they’re caught with their pants down. But are any politicians trustworthy?
Our weapons are not carnal, but mighty through God. Our fight is not in the flesh – evil is overcome with good. And that goodness has to come through us. The love of Jesus must flow through us in order for the world to see and taste how good He is.
The passion that’s expended in these earthly struggles steals time, money, strength, and the hearts and souls of those caught up in them. If you believe there’s a devil, then you have to see that he’s using this powerful distraction to divert the Body of Christ from what we are called to do – love God and take His love to our neighbors all over the earth – and he’s trying to lead Christians down a path that seems right, but is futile and evil in itself.
When were we ever called to judge the world’s evil, then try to wipe it out? That’s not our calling as followers of Jesus Christ. Rather, we’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).
So I ran across this quote, and it spoke to me. Hopefully it will also speak to you:
“To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against.”
– Christina Baldwin