Why Should I Care?

Brooklyn Museum - The Woman of Samaria at the Well (La Samaritaine à la fontaine) - James Tissot - overall

Why should a Christian care about history, government, and politics?

To start with, this nation was created specifically so those escaping England could have a place to worship God.  The Founders recognized that the nature of government was directly related to religious freedom.

We have now lived so long under the freedoms won and bequeathed to us that we have generally forgotten history, nationally gotten sloppy about founding principles, and stand to lose freedom and the nation as well.

Deuteronomy 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;

13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.

 

It might be argued today, well, that was long ago, now we are waiting for the Second Coming of Christ Who will take care of everything.

That argument is an old one.  It was used before in the Bible by the woman of Samaria when speaking to Jesus Himself.

John 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

 

For generations, there have been various disputes about the Second Coming of Christ.  I’m not interested in belaboring them other than to point out that oftentimes these theories “missed it” in some fashion.

Not only in prophetic thought, but even when Jesus was physically on earth, before and after the resurrection, he was not always recognized.

  • Mary at the garden, mistook Him for a gardener
  • The disciples in the road to Emmaeus, thought He was a traveller who didn’t know what was going on
  • The Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day, wanted Jesus killed because He threatened their popularity.  On the one hand, the Pharisees were looking for the Messiah.  On the other hand, they killed him (helped get him killed), because they didn’t recognize him.  I understand that this was prophetic, and that Jesus chose to lay down his life, but I’m speaking at a natural level.
  • Some still do not recognize Jesus as Lord, Saviour, and Christ today.

 

In any case, Jesus is not here yet, at least in the common understanding of the Second Coming of Christ, other than within His people, through the presence of the Holy Spirit who resides within believers.  It is up to us to act as ambassadors for Christ until he is on this earth again in the fullness of the Second Coming.

With that said, here is a related article.  If you know people in Georgia, encourage them to get out and vote.  And whether you live in Georgia or not, support Herschel Walker through prayers, donations, and encouraging Georgians to vote.

Georgia, Vote for Herschel Walker

 

No Man is an Island (1624) by John Donne
(for whom the bell tolls)

No Man is an Island (1624) by John Donne

No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
is a peece of the Continent, a part of the main;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
well as if a Manor of they friends of of thine
owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mandkinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.


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