Archive for January 2009

Friendly Aliens in a Foreign Land

January 25, 2009

The Christian is called to be a pilgrim and a stranger. He must suffer quietly the present discomforts and risks of being out of gear with the world’s mighty machinery, national and international. …

Christ’s follower is to “set” his “affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2) … No one can be both a pilgrim passing through a given country and a citizen of it. In relation to this present world system we cheerfully adopt the former status. To the end of his sojourn the right-minded alien, wherever he may be, will do his utmost to benefit those about him; but his activities must be conducted by his alienship.

The heart of an alien should be set on the things of his fatherland, where are his sovereign, his home, and his permanent estates, and should not be “set” on the land where he is only a stranger and sojourner … Now an ambassador is never a citizen of any state save that which sends him.

G.H. Lang (1874-1958)
The Christian a Friendly Alien

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Not a Calling, but a Diversion

January 25, 2009

Even the noblest political causes can be a form of corruption when they divert our attention and effort from the work of Jesus in the world. For believers, this vision of worldly power is not a calling, but a distraction – another case of the good being the enemy of the best. It is a temptation Jesus rejected – not because it was dangerous, but because it was trivial compared with His greater mission.

Cal Thomas (with Ed Dobson)
Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? (1999) page 94

Regrets

January 6, 2009

In Billy Graham’s autobiography, Just As I Am, he confesses some of his regrets. “I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family. … Every day I was absent from my family is gone forever.” He also says that he would “avoid any semblance of involvement in partisan politics.”

(1999) pages 723-724

Good Causes

January 4, 2009

There are many “good” causes being championed in the world today that frequently serve as distractions for the Christian, because they draw our attention away from our true calling. In most cases there is no question that the issues are just and right, but they only deal with the symptoms – they leave the disease untouched … For centuries the church has been offering the world band-aids for a deep, mortal wound.

Rick Joyner
There Were Two Trees in the Garden
(1986)

Ambassadors

January 3, 2009

An ambassador has no part in the government of the land in which he serves, but rather represents his own country that sent him, seeking its best interests. Are we, then, any less truly foreigners here because it is heaven that is the land of our citizenship (Philippians 3:20), and the saints are our fellowcitizens? (Ephesians 2:19).

 If, then, we refuse to mingle in politics, it is not that we think politics in itself is wrong, but that we belong to another country, that is, a heavenly; and we see that the world [system] is evil (John 17:15), and rejects the One we love. We wish to be separate from it therefore, and to cast in our lot with Him. We are drawn upward, above and beyond this scene, by union with Christ on high; willing to be despised, yea, rather to suffer shame for His name, while we wait for Him to come.

E.V.W.
Help and Food (1912)
Cited in Can Consistent Christians Mingle in Politics?
Published by: Moments With The Book


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