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SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
I highly recommend the movie “Hillary’s America.” It explains historically what we are experiencing in national politics today. It shows just how dangerous and downright evil the Democratic party has always been and still is.
Things are far worse than most Americans realize, even “informed Americans.” The body count for those opposing Hillary or threatening to expose her is growing, but that doesn’t seem to bother most people. A Clinton presidency will bring a war against Christians (and all that is good and honorable) that will rival what the Early Church experienced at the hands of the Romans, although she will find a much subtler way to burn Christians or feed us to the lions.
The loss of our “freedoms” is, in my view, a given, but I’d like to focus on just what real freedom is. America has become obsessed with a very distorted view of freedom that says, “I want to be free to be whatever I want to be and to do whatever I want to do. Any restriction on my right to live this kind of freedom is nothing short of slavery. Any attempts to put limits on my freedom are bigoted, racist, and motivated by hate.”
This view of freedom is a far cry from what our Founding Fathers envisioned and even further from the New Testament embodiment of biblical freedom. For example, 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 explains that while all things for the believer are lawful, not all things are profitable (beneficial) because our primary concern is to be for others, not ourselves. (What a concept!) When their best interests become our concern, our selfish and fleshly desires must be ignored. Such a view changes everything, and in today’s America, such a view is hardly a blip on the radar screen.
Galatians 5:13-15 seems to be describing American politics today. It reinforces the admonition that believers are called to freedom, not bondage, but we are to live out that freedom by loving and serving others. Verse 15 really hits home: But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another. I can remember a time when national politics was actually civil and characterized by mutual respect (at least publicly). Those days are long gone, and unfortunately what we’re seeing on the political stage represents the people who elected them.
So here’s my application to better set our minds on things above. The great divide is really over who is more important, us or others? Are we here to serve ourselves or others? Is our freedom in Christ for our enjoyment or the benefit of those around us? Our ultimate goal should be to lift up Jesus and draw people to him. This will never happen if our primary concern is for our own happiness and comfort. This in not why Christ died.
The truth is that we are called to deny ourselves, to take up our cross, and to follow Jesus wherever he leads, regardless of how painful or uncomfortable that road becomes. Our marching orders are clear, regardless of who becomes our next president. Let’s not get sidetracked by the political circus, name calling and dirty tricks. This is what is to be expected from the world we live in. What God does not expect is for his children to behave just like the world.
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