Written by Chris Hughes: Chris is a child of El Elyon, a son, husband, a father, has an education in Biblical doctrine and is a graduate of The Colony of Mercy. He has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008. You can email him at email@example.com.
The Heavenly Citizen Wave
Posted on November 2, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” – Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
So, there’s a rumor going around that there’s this wave a-comin’ and it’s gonna make things all better when it gets here. KER-SPLASH!! Dis-a-here wave has been promised to bring peace and restore order in the midst of all that is chaotic and disorderly. This country’s moral compass will point to True North when (and if) these people, who petitioned themselves a spot on a ballot, get the elected position they seek. All we gotta do, as any good American should do is vote…oh, I’m sorry, for them. The problem in this, is there seems to be a lot of “them” and not all of “them” are what they say they are. So, as a kid in a candy store, how do you choose them?
Well, the residents of Secularland seem to funnel “them” through a series of permissions, set up in order to choose someone who stands out from among those who lack the established “moral fiber”. As much as a good idea as that may sound, the measure of these permissions is based solely on the fact that not everyone is a bad person, we are allowed a mistake or two. So, it really depends on how bad a mistake or two can be measured by debating it in the forum of the public square, and the mathematical equation in this debate is basically called “cause and effect”. So, stand for an unpopular policy on the wrong side of the wave and you may find yourself the object of ridicule in a political ad…however, that’s just my observation.
But for Christians, wait, hold on, for American Christians, (wait, hold on, THE, nah, better not go there, anyway) we’re encouraged to vote honestly, truthfully, and biblically. Now if that were really the case NOBODY would deserve the Christian vote because in a very Romans 3:23 way, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, so with that kinda rigidity not one politician would ever hold an office. So, unfortunately the same metaphorical funneling that gets used in Secularland finds a place in the Christian mindset and we end up voting for one of the lesser evils outta the complete cast of characters found on the Election Day ballot. What a wretched people we are, who can save us from this body of death?
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” — John 15:18-19
It ain’t taking no rocket scientist to see that the world we’re surrounded by, hates the principles of Jesus Christ. They think Christians burden themselves down with a bunch of stuff that doesn’t let them have their own identity. Which is very true, after all, our identity should be found in Christ and our citizenship is in heaven, however, Christians can skew that view by wanting peace and order to be restored so much that they’ll join up in the political effort to clean up this… soró kopriás (or dung heap for short). The problem with our desire to have good government, at every level, is that it may very well be in opposition to what God’s will says about things.
Ya know, as Americans, we do rest upon the noble thought that this is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people and as many claim this is a Christian country, founded on Christians principles, so I gotta ask where God is at in that statement? I mean, the Book of Revelation pretty much says that a new heaven and a new earth is coming on the horizon. So, when Jesus returns is He gonna find a bunch of political activists who want their “Atta Boy!!” for THEIR idea of peace and order being put in place or is He gonna find the sheep of His flock, that hear Him when He calls and will humbly follow Him back into their rightful places set for them in heaven, get outta His way while HE sets up His peace and order? Yeah, munch on that for a while.
Now please don’t take my sarcasm over this too seriously (I’m always trying to be funny), I too, want a good government of the people, by the people, and for the people but has anybody thought this through from God’s perspective? Samuel the prophet had to deal with zealous elders who wanted a king (see 1 Samuel 8:5). In a nutshell, they wanted to replace El Elyon with a man who found comfort napping in the laundry (Hmm…there’s a joke in there somewhere). To really bottom line this, you’re not gonna get a perfect candidate to vote for, so don’t pressure them or yourselves to be one, but if you’re prayerfully seeking His wisdom in this, then I’m sure our Mighty God will direct your finger as you enter the voting booth. So, when you approach your ballot selection, as brother Dan Brown would say, “Choose Wisely”. Amen?
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone…” – Ephesians 2:19-20