Posted tagged ‘Christians’

Is Christ our banner?

October 27, 2009

Some thoughts by Paul Washer (from one of his podcasts):

A  pastor I know, a dear man of God, called me and said “Brother Paul, I’d like you to come to preach to my church because I believe many of them are lost. And I said “Why do you believe many of your members are lost?” He said “because they are homeschoolers”.

Now I homeschool. So does he. And I said “Brother, you homeschool”. “Yes, I do. But anytime a group of people make homeschooling their banner rather than Jesus, they have gone astray”

You see, you’re off-center, unless it’s all about Christ.

Brother Paul is right. Are we as excited about Christ as we are about yesterday’s game/show on TV? Or our profession/job/hobby?

Do we, as Christians, talk about Him, when we meet? Or do we talk about everything under the sun except Christ?

Our banner, as Christians, shouldn’t be anything except Him. Not homeschooling, not social activism or politics, nothing. Not that these things aren’t good. But when we are more concerned about “voting the right way” or promoting the right values in the public space, something is wrong. We should be perceived as the Christ’s church, rather than as a voting bloc or as being against you-name-it social cause (abortion/same sex marriage/God out of school). I think we should be more concerned about “God back to church” than about “God back to school” or “the 10 commandments back to the law courts”.

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The Christians and politics

October 18, 2008

A little background: in the last three years I spent much time reading about politics and I even listened (on a daily basis) to a talk-show which was mostly about politics.

During this time, I considered myself to have the positions that the Christians have (abortions, same-sex marriage, taxation, etc).
But I was still of the world back then.

Now, what’s wrong when we are much involved in politics? The danger comes in when we spent more time and energy about these things than about God’s kingdom.
When we are more concerned about Jesus being the teacher of the society than the Saviour. When we want, more than people getting saved, that we have the fifties back again (with its Christian values accepted in the society).

We should be known by the world as Jesus’ representatives on earth much more than as those who fight abortion and same-sex marriage (even though the Bible is against them).

The motto is: “my kingdom is not of this world”.

There is the city of God, and the city of man (like Augustine said).
It’s possible that the city of God prospers, but the city of man doesn’t. Like it is in China, where the Church is spreading much more than in the free Taiwan.

Should we vote? Of course.  Should Christians run for office? Yes. But all of us, the Christians, should be more interested that the city of God prospers.

I assume for many of us (in November) the result won’t be like we would want it. We shouldn’t become bitter about it, we should treat the president with respect, even if we didn’t vote for him.
(I am not American so I won’t vote, please forgive this “we”)

This is a bit off-topic, but it may be that difficult times will come for the Christians (both in Europe and USA). Maybe we will face persecutions.
Should we stand up for our rights? Or for the liberty of expression?

For much of its two thousand years history, Christ’s church was persecuted. Let’s pray that in case this will happen, we will do the right thing.

We are not of this world, we are just passing by.