What I have noticed over that past 2 or 3 decades is that many in Christianity are looking to our government to be our pastor. Christians want Christian politicians up in office to help make the laws of our country, which is fine! I’d like true Christian government leaders myself. But, we cannot legislate morality. I don’t care how many laws we put on the books, there will be some people who will not obey those laws. We have laws forbidding murder, but people still kill everyday. We have laws forbidding robbery and burglary, but everyday someone will take something that doesn’t belong to them because they want it for themselves. We have laws forbidding driving over the speed limit, but most, not all, will drive over the speed limit even when they see that sign “Speed Limit 55” or whatever it may be for that particular road. “So what if that sign says the speed limit is 60 mph. I want to drive 75 mph.”. There are laws forbidding drunken or impaired driving, but people still drive intoxicated. And the reason being is that people are rebellious. All of us are. We want to do what WE want to do without anyone getting in our way.
This past senate election was a doozy! I was so sick of the ads to the point I was muting my TV every time one came on. But, what I am most disgusted with is, instead of the pastors of the churches standing firm in preaching the true gospel from their pulpits, they want to put leaders in our government who will make laws telling us all how we are supposed to live. But as I pointed out in the first paragraph, written laws cannot make ANYONE do what’s right. The law can only TELL us what is wrong but it can’t MAKE us do it.
I know people are upset with the results, but we have until the next election to find someone who has the character and integrity to get this newly elected official out of office. But, until then, stop looking to the government to be our national conscience and our pastor. If you want to see real change in our world, it’s going to have to come from each individual person who calls themselves a Christian. Some of you are old enough to remember the song by Michael Jackson called, “Man In The Mirror”. Here are the lyrics to the chorus:
I’m starting with the man in the mirror.
I’m asking him to change his ways.
And no message could’ve been any clearer:
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and make that change.
Church, if we want to see a positive change of direction in our country, we have to do the work ourselves!! Not rely on governmental laws to do it. It requires treating people, no matter who they are or how they live their lives, with dignity and respect, not contempt, because one thing’s for sure……just because we have been given grace and forgiveness, doesn’t mean we’re without sin. In Philippians 2:3 it says:
“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”
Some may say, “But what about those who hate us??” Well, don’t be surprised that they hate us. Jesus said that we would be hated because of Him but it also says in Proverbs 25:22 and in Romans 12:20:
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
The Bible even says we are to pray for our enemies and do good to those who hate us and despitefully use us. Yeah, I know that’s hard to do, but Jesus never said being His follower would be easy. We ARE hated. But we should be hated for the good we do, not because we are arrogant or because we act holier-than-thou. Our mission while on this earth is to show Christ to the world and to give the gospel to the world. People’s hearts won’t change through making laws. Hearts and lives are changed through the gospel. The TRUE gospel. Not that sugary sweet, peppy stuff that’s so prevalent today. If you want to see positive change in our country, it’s going to have to be carried out by US, not by our government officials. Stop looking to them because from what I’ve seen in the past few years is that they have their own interests in mind, not ours.