POLITICS, REALITY AND THINKING. All the news media and social media in the United States today appears to be focused on the Senate hearings in Washington this week. And those hearings are important and the conduct of some of our elected Senators is deplorable and ungodly to say the least. It is true also that the lives of millions of future unborn children are possibly at stake based on the outcome of these hearings. It is right that in a nation like ours Christians should be involved to do what they can to see God’s principles established in opposition to the principles of Satan. But I do think that many Christians give more thought to the events of this life and their involvement in the events of this life than they do to eternal things which will have an impact on people for eternity. It seems to me that if many Christians had the same zeal for God and His Kingdom that they do for a political party and political events then God’s Kingdom would grow much larger now and our nation would be transformed into a better place. I assure you that as a Christian I get just as angry and upset at politicians and political events as most of the people reading this post. The first inclination of my sin nature is often one of wanting to reach through the tube and choke someone, say unkind things about them, or other things along that line. Very seldom is my first inclination to pray for them and thank Jesus that He died for sinners as bad as they are. And I should be ashamed of those thoughts because I realize there is no bigger sinner than me and yet Jesus died for me. I should be praying more for those I disagree with and ask God to work out His perfect will for this nation since His is wiser than me and has the power to change things more than I do.
The reality of a Christian’s life is that when you enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ God sees you as having died on the cross with Him and having been raised from the dead with Him. Your sins are forgiven and you have a new life. Jesus paid the penalty for your sin and you reap the benefits of your identification with Him. That is a reality. But a resurrected life should bring new THOUGHTS and new WAYS. In the third chapter of Colossians the Apostle Paul describes what a resurrected life looks like. The Apostle Paul begins: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4 NIV)
How often do you think about heavenly things? Usually what we think about we set our hearts on. So often the earthly things crowd out our time and ability to think about heavenly things. Kids, work, school, disasters, health issues, traffic, meals, church activities, POLITICAL EVENTS and on it goes. Who has time to think about heaven and the things related to it? Strange isn’t it that the place where we will spend most of our existence occupies so little of our thoughts? Maybe that is why so often we spend our time, efforts and money to make our existence on earth more comfortable while laying up very little treasure in heaven. Paul reminds us that one day Jesus will appear and then we will appear with Him in glory. We will go to the home Jesus has been preparing for us. Maybe we should spend some time thinking about that place and it could just be our hearts need some adjustment. And if time is an issue in our ability to think about these things then maybe we need to change our time priorities.