I’m tired of politics. Really tired of them. I understand why people are so involved, they care about certain issues, but politics are divisive and typically turn nasty. It also happens that people often want to use Scripture to support their stances, appeal to the “religious” for their stances, etc. Yet I can’t help but wondering why we assume God is on our side when we cherry pick Scriptures to support our opinions. Loved ones, we need to make sure we’re seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, not the kingdoms of the earth and all they produce.
There are even issues I see Christians fight for (note that I said not everyone who approaches the religious is one of the Faithful) that are matters of opinion rather than matters of Scripture. I see matters posted outside of congregations and on materials produced by them, which I honestly believe are well meaning, but are they scriptural? Is what I stand on Scriptural? Am I seeking Holiness, or a form of moral judgement when I take up my causes? Why should I assume God is on my side when I’m seeking what I perceive to be moral instead of seeking God’s holiness? Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely should stand up for and stand upon Scriptures, and against anything that seeks to knock God’s word down. We should seek to stand up for Christ, HOWEVER, we should make sure our positions are God’s positions. And if they are not, we should be silent, so as to not damage our witness or cause division among the brothers.
I know this is harsh, but when it comes down to it, if it’s not about the Gospel, if it’s not reflected in God’s word, or making a defense of what is Scriptural, then we should put it aside for the sake of unity in the Gospel and God’s word. Anything divisive is against God. It’s listed as one of the things God hates! Seek Holiness and unity among the brethren, then we’re fulfilling the Great Commandment, to Love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself. Seek to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all Christ commands, then we’re doing what He says. Seek to devote yourself, as the early church did, to The Apostles Teachings (Scripture), fellowship with believers, breaking of bread (including the Lord’s Supper) and to prayer. Seek to be led by the Holy Spirit! If we’re seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will direct us where to go!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.