Sunday, December 02, 2007

So Who's Voting for God in 2008?

People repeat it millions of times all over the world every day. It's a piece of what is known as "The Lord's Prayer". But it's those words "on earth as it is in heaven" that I want to extract and talk about. I am convinced that there are many North American Christians that believe that America has exclusive rights to God and that he must live in the US and Canada. For America it must be "on earth as it is in heaven", or, God must make earth like heaven. My only problem with that is that North America and Heaven are diametrically opposed to each other.

Kingdoms are literally dictatorships where people are told what to do by their king. North America is run by democracies. North Americans are free people who love their freedom and don't like other people telling them how to live. How shall the two be mixed? There's only one place that the dictatorship called the Kingdom of Heaven can coexist with free North Americans. That place is in the people's hearts.

There were Christians in communist Russia. There are Christians in atheist nations like North Korea, China etc. There are Christians in the West Bank, Gaza strip and Arab nations. The form of government has no impact on who can be a Christian. It only makes you think a little harder about becoming one sometimes. The fact does remain that Christ's kingdom is a kingdom of the heart, not a kingdom of a nations politics.

As the US approaches a national presidential election, and Canada prepares for their next federal election, don't try to elect a government solely for the purpose of making your nation a Christian nation (although that is very noble and desireable). It's apparent that God doesn't really care what kind of government you have (and might I add that he may have ordained that to be so for his divine purposes anyway). Vote for people you want to do the job of politics in your particular governemt and invest yourself into the dictatorship/kingdom of God with all your heart, mind and soul.

Two Came Out.

In the last six months, two people I've known for years, have announced to the world that they are homosexual. It may have happened before I knew about it but nevertheless, two came out. Both of these young men were raised in Christian homes. Both of these young men were brought up "in church". I happened to be the youth pastor of one of these young men for several years and had a close collaborative relationship with him.

The next statements are of vital importance for a couple of reasons. First, I believe that, according to the scriptures where I derive my world view from, homosexuality is, unnatural, not right...wrong. But it is acceptable. I will explain that later. Secondly I believe that Christians who act anything less than unloving toward these people are not right...wrong. This is unacceptable. I'll also explain that too.

Christianity in it's raw form is pure love. For God so loved the one another...the greatest of these is love etc. We know the verses. We can't really do it but try to put yourself in God's shoes and seeing nothing but failure, breaking of the rules, sin. Try to imagine seeing all of that then sacrificing everything to make it all right again. That is love. That's basically what God did with the human race. You see, when you really love a person, whether you know them personally or not, you find them acceptable. When you really don't love a person, whether you know them personally or not, you find a reason to deem them not acceptable.

I wonder what God gets more upset about, people involved in a homosexual lifestyle or Christians bent on not loving them. Two came out. Their Christian associates all know. I hope they find pure love.