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The Reason for It All

I think many believers in Christ are getting lost in their politics and their causes. Not to say that their causes are unjust, or their politics may be wrong (I'm not going to judge that), but what's happening in our churches is that we're talking less of God, the things of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and more of the state of the world around us. We forget the Word of God which, in Ecclesiastes, reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. And yes, God tells us to seek justice and love mercy (Micah 6:8), I don't think we have a problem with these, but we fail to do the third part: walk humbly with the Lord our God. God is the First Cause, the reason for all things, the meaning and purpose of Life. If we do the things of God, but on our own terms, we're doing life without Him, and twisting His purposes in to idols.

Why do I say this? Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be at the center of all things. Jesus died for all of humanity, to rescue us from sin and to restore and reconcile us to the God from whom we rebel. Anything else we do apart from this is in rebellion. Our causes, our likes and dislikes, our politics, our very lives mean nothing unless Christ and the Gospel are the reason and the cause. We easily lose our way, and gather for ourselves teachers who teach what we want to hear instead of the Sound Doctrine of the Gospel through the word of Jesus Christ. Hell is our default destination caused by our in-born rebellion (sin) against God. Morality is no good without Christ. Moral men will go to hell unless they are saved. Justice is no good without Christ, for there is no justice unless it is in the Mercy and Justice of Jesus Christ. There is no good apart from God, and in Christ, we are secure. Everything else is a distraction.

Matthew 19:16-30

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

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