We are part of this fallen world and there are elements that I really wish I could ignore and run away from. OHillabamaCainton?
It’s a jungle out there…
So, this is making me wonder what do we make of this environment? I’m having a hard time caring. To put it succinctly, my “give-a damn is broken” in regards to the political climate out there.
Is that ok? Aren’t we called for a higher purpose?
Well, here are a few thoughts. But, I’ll warn you, I’m still not sure I’m even sure of an answer and I definitely haven’t drawn any immediate conclusion.
For starters, I would suggest that as Paul says in to Timothy (2 Tim 3:16) “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…”
I believe I am free to then examine the lives of Joseph, Daniel, David, Nehemiah and to determine that while those societies were corrupt, these men chose stand as beacons of light and truth in the MIDDLE of the corruption and not hide away in a psuedo spiritual environment that would prevent any change in the direction of that society.
Joseph was raised to the 2nd highest position of influence in ancient Egypt. I think he was involved.
David served Saul. Period. Was Israel wicked and corrupt? Well, they had just (within the last 40 years) declared that G-d’s method of rule was insufficient and they begged to be made as the other nations around them. Saul denied G-d’s ways (King whatshisname who was “hewn to pieces” by Samuel) and was living under the influence of a demonic spirit sent to torment him. As the nation of Israel was intended to show all the world the blessing of relationship with a knowable and living G-d I believe their rejection of His mandate made them especially corrupt. Even though it seems more socially acceptable in 2006 than the other nations.
Daniel. He served 3 Babylonian kings and Darius as well. He served wholeheartedly and well. How do I know that? Because he lived a long time. They frowned upon poor performance in those days. The frown was usually accompanied by a weapon or lions den.
Nehemiah. Cup bearer to the king. You don’t become that because you had a cute haircut. He pursued the service of his king. On speaking terms with a powerful monarch. Involved? Yes. Used? Yes. He served as a “governor” of Judah in the employ of King Artaxerxes. Because he chose to work within the parameters of the nation who was holding Israel captive, Jerusalem’s walls were rebuilt and many more blessings.
You say that we shouldn’t be required to support a government that is corrupt. I would hesitate to say that we are more corrupt than ancient Babylon or Egypt. I don’t think we are even close. Not yet. And the reason we are able to even glimpse a suggestion of that future is because the Good and the Godly have chosen to spend the last 100 years of their collective faith arguing over man made dogma and denominational preferences.
We have squandered our time on isolationist religiosity that has both alienated the Truth from our Reality and has made our witness a mockery to the world.
In a never ending pursuit of Being Right, we have sacrificed countless families to the altar of pastorship, eldership, ministry. We have used up and consumed billions, possibly trillions of dollars on our next Big Project, making sure someone Important has a BMW and silk suits. We have hoarded our blessings and eaten ourselves into a stupor. And we have neglected the state and the condition of the nation in which we live.
Who do I blame for the state of our nations? Those who were intended to be light. Those who were commanded to show a “better way”. The followers of Truth who were better equipped to attend a Bible College where nothing was challenged and no effort was required to be Light and bring Hope.
We were given talents. We dug a hole and hid them. Then congratulated ourselves for keeping His Investment safe.
So, how does fixing this problem look to you?