What I Read Today;
Colossians 3-4; Acts 19-20; Zechariah 9-10; Song of Songs 6; Deuteronomy 29
If you weren’t sure before the past six months, you should be now. Politics is a blood sport. You enter it at your own risk.
The Church in the United States has always had an interesting relationship with politics. In some ways, the church has reflected the society instead of influencing culture. Let me give you a few examples of what I’m talking about:
- Some church bodies supported slavery others opposed slavery.
- Some church bodies supported women’s sufferage others opposed it
- Some church bodies have vocally and physically supported racial equality others not so much
- Some church bodies are opposed to abortion rights others support them
- Some church bodies support gay marriage, some don’t, and others don’t think the government should be involved in marriage at all
I could go on forever. Funny thing is that I don’t see Jesus getting involved in Roman politics. As I read through the Epistles, I don’t see Paul, Peter, John, James, Jude, or the writer to the Hebrews getting involved in politics.
Instead, they focus on how believers should live their lives. They focus on building up the body of believers.
I’m sure the Roman government was doing things that were not in keeping with scripture. But you will have to go awfully deep in scripture to find a comment about it. Paul wasn’t concerned with what new laws were passed or who was governing in Rome. However, Paul was concerned with teaching individual believers what pleased God.
If we read Colossians 3 vs. 1-4 slowly and contemplate what they mean for our lives, how would that change our attitude today? How would we behave if we genuinely thought about what we do in terms of Christ?
How about if we did the same with vs. 12 -17? If we genuinely clothed ourselves with Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Meekness, and Patience, how would that affect how we treat others? If we forgave one another as Christ forgave us, how would that change the world around us? If each one of us clothed ourselves with love and allowed the peace of Christ to rule our hearts, what would our world look like?
Finally, if we immersed ourselves in the Word of Christ and allowed it to build in our hearts until it exploded out of us, how could we affect the world we live in?
I wonder if what the church could accomplish if we lived out the lessons in Colossians 3 vs. 1-17?