Lord, You did not take up political causes when You dwelt among us. You didn’t organize a rebellion against the oppressive Roman Empire occupying the Promised Land. You Empathized with the suffering You Saw, but Your Mission was far Greater than establishing an earthly kingdom for Your people. You came to Save the whole world forever!
Those who shouted “Crucify Him” were disappointed that You weren’t the hero they had wished for – someone who would rescue them from Roman persecution. They didn’t understand that You came to rescue them from eternal condemnation, and that eternity lasts a lot longer than their earthly lifespans. On the Cross, You said, “Father, Forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 3:34
You were Human. You knew of our constrained imaginations – our limited ability to comprehend things that are beyond our five senses to perceive. Our vision often stops at the end of our noses. We filter our perceptions by gauging how something affects us at the moment. So we take up earthly causes that fall far short of Your Gospel and our Commission. We may even unwittingly work against You.
When Your Body, which is the Church, takes up causes other than the Pure Gospel Message, we often end up “preaching to the choir”. People with like-minded values congregate in church buildings to worship while those who desperately need to hear of Your Salvation are deterred from even entering the church doors. Those people can and have heard the same political messages from other sources – including the evening news.
We, the Body of Christ on Earth, have a Fresher, more Powerful Message to confer. Only the Good News of Your Salvation Transforms hearts! All other messages are powerless in comparison. Other causes are transitory. Your Gospel endures “to Infinity and Beyond”.
Paul said “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the Sake of the Gospel, that I may share in its Blessings.” 1Corinthians 9:22b – 23
There are others to take up political causes. We, the Body of Christ, are called to align ourselves with God’s Will, which is to Restore all of Creation to God. We need enough Faith to know that if we act according to God’s Will, we will be part of a much broader, miraculous Transformation of all of existence – we will achieve Greater Things than we can by our own efforts. And if we need a reality check, we can examine the fruits of our labors. Are people coming to God through our work? Or are hearts more hardened and divisions stronger?
Jesus didn’t come to save nice, tolerant, civilized people. Jesus came to save the worst of us. And we need to see ourselves as part of the worst of humanity in order to grab the Life Ring Jesus has tossed to us.
Lord, You ask us to throw our lot in with You – to believe that You Know Better than we do, and that You Know what You are Doing. I do believe that, Lord. Lead the Way! Holy Spirit, show me, in every situation, what will open people’s hearts to Your Salvation and lead them back to You.