In this election season it is the way of men to verbally destroy one another. There is a war afoot - a battle to occupy the White House. There are no rules when it comes to the destruction of opponents. If you are political candidate you must learn to do unto them before they do it unto you. Ask Herman Cain. In November a very tired, very beaten up candidate will claim the throne and serve as the king of America, the President.
I’m concerned that American Christians seem to think that we are to fight to the bloody end to see that the ‘right' candidate wins in the end, that there are no boundaries to observe in our tactics. Call the opposing party jerks, creeps, or morons (or worse) - that's what the world has taught us to do. We've got to win our country back - and to adopt the mean spirited vitriol of commentators, talk show hosts, and pseudo journalists is acceptable behavior.
Except it isn’t.
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. … Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king…. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. From 1 Peter 2
I see nothing here that tells me not to express my opinions. I believe in voting. I believe in supporting your favorite candidate. I believe in supporting candidates that express your moral convictions.
Should I choose, however, to join in the malice and slander of a pagan world in which I live, I would be wrong. I am to honor the king. No matter what we may think of his policies, him as a person, or what we’ve been led to believe by pundits and the priests of the media… he is to be honored….by Christians.
Did we ever stop to think what a pagan world thinks when they see Christian people slicing up the President and speaking of him with such hatred? I can tell you what they are not thinking about. They are not thinking about Jesus Christ who was unwilling to return insult for insult when he suffered. He made no threats.
Whether online or verbally with friends (or anyone), we have a calling to live like Christ. That calling rises above our feelings about a President or the candidates who desire to be President. We are strangers and exiles in this world. We’ve simply got something more important to occupy our minds.
Death … is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. ~Helen Keller
It is expected when we talk about the death of a loved one to assume that they are now in “a better place”. Perhaps it is the most sensitive of all topics, once a loved one has passed from this life. Some people do not even believe in a life after this life. Christians believe in a heaven and a hell. Some Christians believe in a place where the dead go to await judgment.
The truth is that the decision about someone else’s eternal state is not really up to us. We may make assumptions, or express our beliefs … but that really belongs in God’s hands. Is my loved one in heaven? We are doing well to believe so.
I really think that thinking about heaven and hell belongs to the living. It is up to us to think about our lives and follow Jesus Christ in such a way that we can expect his promises to belong to us. Once we die, that decision has been made.
If our loved one is in hell - wouldn’t they beg us never to come there?
If our loved one is in heaven - wouldn’t they urge us to give our lives to Christ so as to belong there with them?
Either way, when we think about heaven and hell and the afterlife - we are left with two realities.
We have no control over the eternal destinies of our loved ones. That is between them and God. And God will always do the right thing.
We should think about our own walk with God. One day our family and friends will gather around our casket and mourn our loss. Death is inevitable.
I hope and pray that everyone reading this will give their lives to Christ as He has asked so that they can receive His gifts as He has promised.