There are moments when I look at the insurmountable task it would require to see any real change in this world and I feel so small, so insignificant. Watching the news can be depressing. Our government is out of control, our people love iniquity and hate life, what is good is being called bad and bad is being called good, the whole world seems upside down. In these moments, I consider that I am but one person and wonder “what can I do?”. Then I remember who I am and who God is.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 – 2 [a] Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Romans 12:3 – 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 – Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 — 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; …

I am not enough. I can not do the job. We together probably can’t but, we are not fighting against men, we are fighting a spiritual battle and the great God of all is on our side. He is bigger than our enemies, this is a battle of spiritual warfare, not a physical one. I know that my God is able and I am so thankful that he gives me the strength to do my part and I can rely on him to do the rest. As Lecrae says in his song background, “I throw the dice to trust you, you cause the dice to land”

When the task ahead of us seems insurmountable, we need only do our part, as God has commanded us and then remember the rest is up to God. Most of the battles the life brings us to will be won as we spend time on our knees before God.

Christian Politics

There are few topics that stir hot emotions like the topic of politics. This is probably why it is a topic where we need to find our common ground and be sure that our conversations are respectful, the world is watching. As Christians, I think that many of us agree on the basic ideas, where we differ is in how to accomplish our goals.

For example, all of us would agree that Christ would want us to do our part to make sure that the poor, the fatherless, the widowed etc. do not go with out a roof and food. Where some of us part ways is how this gets accomplished. I am personally of the opinion that charity is not the place of our government. There should be fewer government programs and more private ones. Many of the ones the currently exist are run by religious organizations, but I do not in any way think that charity should be limited to religion.

Here is my reasoning for this line of thinking – the government needs to have funds to handle the things that the government is specifically supposed to be in charge of. Things like roads, military, police, and education. These should be the primary focus of government. right now, so much money is being spent on public welfare that the primary concerns of government are being neglected.

The second reason for this line of thinking is that if we become overly indebted to our government for our basic necessities how will we dissent we our government is too big? We will become a society afraid to bite the hand that feeds. Look around, this is happening. There is no free lunch. Everything has it’s price and the price is too high, because the price will be our freedom.

Third, as Christians we know that we are blessed by God for our generosity. Is it possible that individuals miss out on the blessing of God because we are allowing the government to do our job? I do believe that God blesses our generosity and that we can be generous even out of a little, but if the average citizen kept more of their income they would be better able to be charitable, I think they would be too.

The problem is that while I believe that we were a nation that was founded on Christian principles, we are not a Christian nation. We are democratic-republic. This means that all of the people have a say, Christians and atheists alike ( and all the others too) have the right to equal protection under the law. Charity shouldn’t be legislated, but morality can’t be either. I can’t say enough that we can not hold people who do not claim to be Christians to our standard. This is where the issues can be easy convoluted. Biblical standards are true. They are correct. I believe this with every fiber of my being, but I also believe in the right to believe as you choose.

Not all truth claims are created equally, but this does not mean that people don’t have the right to believe false truth claims.There are many who feel that we need to legislate morality. This includes laws like DOMA, as one example, I understand where that line of thinking is coming from, because I agree that the disintegration of the American family has a lot to do with the collapse of our culture. It is our job as Christians to be the light and the salt. It is our job to pray for those around us, to pray for our government – at every level, and to pray for our pastors, leaders, and churches. It is our job to make a difference within our circle of influence. True change, lasting change, only comes from within. We can’t legislate that. We can pray for it.

Train them up

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

One of the greatest blessings that we can have is the gift of children. When it comes to the idea of reflecting Him, one of the greatest ways we can do that is to leave a legacy of believing children. With great privilege comes great responsibility. This phrase, first voiced by Voltaire has a lot of truth to it. Each of my children is an amazing gift from God, but each of them also needs to be raised up in the ways of the Lord. This is something I must take active participation in, the television and society around us is certainly not going to do it.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

While I do believe that this verse refers to teaching our children about the Lord their God, I think that it also means that God has given them gifts and it is my job to help them discover those gifts and use them to glorify the Lord. Doing this means knowing your children, being available to them, and often it means prayerful anguish. We must pray for wisdom and guidance from God, because while we are raising them, He is raising us.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

We are all called to teach our children to love the Lord with all our hearts, to make his word part of our everyday lives. Simply having them at church on Sunday isn’t enough. If you haven’t been doing this that is ok, we can’t change the past, but every minute offers us the opportunity to start over. We can ask forgiveness for our failures and begin to do as the Lord commanded. We are all fallible people who make mistakes, sometimes, mistakes that are huge. It is so wonderful to know that we are not just fallen, but also redeemed and although, in some cases we may have made a mess, God says he can take it and redeem it.

If you are not a parent, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a part of shaping the next generation. There are so many hurting children in this world, I would bet that you know one right within your circle of influence. Reflect His light with every opportunity and most of all pray. Pray for our children, they face so many hardships, pray the children in your extended family, pray for the children in your church.