I was out to lunch with some friends the other day, inevitably the Presidential race became a topic. All of us, astounded by the rise of Trump in this years election cycle. We began to discuss what implications this will have on our culture and the culture of future generations. While this conversation was going on, the longing for home grew in my heart, not the house I live in a few minutes away, but my home with my Savior Jesus Christ.
Strangers In This World
For most of my Christian life, it has seemed, to be a conservative Christian was synonymous with Republican. As Christians we seemed to find our home in the Republican Party. We were the “Moral Majority” we were the “Religious Right”, we were cozy in our world. There seemed to be a shift that has jolted us into a very uncomfortable position, the end result is Trump, but I think if we took a poll, we would see, Christians were never really comfortable with John McCain or Mitt Romney. This cozy comfortable home of the Republican Party is crumbling for the Christian, honestly I think it is for the good of the Gospel.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, – Philippians 3:20
Far too often, Christians have been derailed from our Gospel mission, for a political mission. If we just get this person or that person in the White House it will be better. If we just pass this law or that law it will be ok. In this world, it will never be ok. Jesus pointed out to us, this world will hate you.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. – John 15:18-19
We have dual citizenship, yes we live in America, we should be a part of the political process, we should live as honorable citizens who further the good of human flourishing from a Christian worldview. We also must realize this world is not our home, our primary citizenship is the Kingdom of God. As Kingdom citizens we must tear down our dependence, dare I say, idolatry of our political party for the sake of furthering the Gospel.
Our world is rapidly changing, new dilemmas arise with each passing day. I am 41 and in my generation we have seen abortions rise, divorce on demand, legalization of gay marriage, marijuana, and assisted suicide, the redefinition of tolerance and the confusion of gender neutrality. Our world is rapidly changing and Gospel Christians are feeling more and more like strangers, sojourners just passing through, but isn’t that the point.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. – 1 Peter 2:9-11
We are God’s chosen people, chosen not to further the excellencies of a political party, but proclaim Gospel excellencies to a dying world who needs so much more than the right President. We are God’s people, and our primary citizenship is in His kingdom. Peter urges us to live like sojourners and exiles in this land, don’t forget or neglect our purpose as Christians, proclaim Gospel excellencies.
We must be like Abraham who was a sojourner in a foreign land looking for the city of God.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. – Hebrews 11:8-10
Until next time
Solo Deo Gloria