Thursday, June 26, 2008

What REALLY matters

Just a quick thought--I've been posting some major nerd-stuff of late. (I'm on summer vacation, and I have the time). Hey, it's my blog, I like thinking about politics and economics, and nobody has to read it. but I want to temper a bit of my fatalism, of late. Politics are a game, of sorts (although the stakes can be pretty high), and I'm an intensely competitive person (as any of you who had the misfortune of playing Trivial Pursuit with me know all too well). So the fact that "my" side seems to bracing for a loss leads to a little bumming out. Shucks, even if "my" guy wins, he's really not my guy!

But that's not really the most important thing. To quote C.S. Lewis, "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." I believe with every fiber of my being that it really is true... and therefore of infinite, eternal importance. Presidencies, Supreme Court Appointments, even the entirety of America (whatever that has or will become), all those things are very temporary. Individual people, made in God's image--we last forever. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28)." That was true even when the Israelites were in the wilderness, it was true even when the early church faced genuine persecution, it was true when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped into the furnace. And let's not forget that they acknowledged that God might choose NOT to rescue them from the furnace... but they knew He was able, and where their loyalties belonged (Daniel 3:16-18). So even if I think my country is on the verge of making some choices that will, in my opinion, lead to long-term negative consequences, I trust that God is good and knows what He is doing. I'd be a pretty pitiful excuse for a Christian if all my hopes and fears were tied up in the whims of the American voter.

(FOOTNOTE: I hope I don't come across as sounding like I think a few "wilderness years" for political conservatives is in any way comparable to actual persecution. But even if there WERE harsh persecutions--as there are in planty of places on this planet--that wouldn't change anything. Truth is truth.)


bekster said...

AMEN. It is too late to count C. S. Lewis as inspired writing? (J/K)

I agree. Politics and all of that are fun to talk about (and even to complain about), but all earthly governments (even the bad ones) are subject to God.

I feel compelled to share these morsels from Romans 13 (NIV):

1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God... 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

This passage has some amazing (and scary) implications, but what it mainly tells me is that God has even the government under His control. It could be that He wants to shake things up to see who has Faith. If that is the case, I don't want to be one who fails the test.

Well, you know I always go for the nerdy stuff (there are still a few of us out here who eat it up), but it is also good to get a big helping of Truth now and then. :)

Anyway, travel safely and have fun at Disney. I look forward to seeing you all when you get back.

bekster said...

(Oops, that should be "Is it" not "It is.")

Goode Design said...

Are you telling me that C.S. Lewis ISN'T inspired writtings? I could have sworn it was in the bible.

On the thought of Hope: It is of great hope and faith to have a child. If you think about it, the future has some scary uncertainties... it takes real faith to believe that our Father works all things to the good of those who love him & who are called to his purpose.

Even in grave defeat, we get to defeat the grave. I'm absolutely certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of G_d that is in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.

No matter how dark things get, all it takes is one of us to be light. If you think about it, Israel was always looking for someone to be a Light in dark times. Heck, that's what all of the Judges were: Small candles blazing the Glory of the Warrior of Hosts.