My Kingdom

Posted: September 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

‘There is no more happy singing over wine; no one enjoys its taste any more. In the city everything is in chaos, and people lock themselves in their houses for safety. People shout in the streets because there is no more wine. Happiness is gone for ever; it has been banished from the land. The city is in ruins, and its gates have been broken down. This is what will happen in every nation all over the world. It will be like the end of harvest, when the olives have been beaten off every tree and the last grapes picked from the vines.”

Isaiah 24:9-13

My heart aches for the suffering . These words of the ancient prophet Isaiah paint the picture of cities devastated by war, the senseless barbaric acts of men. The consequences of sin replicate themselves across our globe everyday: Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Libya. A decade from now the list remains, just as long, only the names change. Sin demands blood in the realm of men, it always has. And yet, the shed blood of Jesus became the hope of this world, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him.” Romans 5:8,9 God knew, God knows. God cared, and God still cares.

America knows little of this kind of devastation. We live in a golden age. No nation on earth can boast of greater wealth and power. In the history of mankind, nothing comes close. But a time will come when America is no more. Great cities vanish, sloped tells hint at what was, their stories lost to legend, or worse, silence. 2020 underscores the fragility of our institutions, the harmony of our nation. Revolution frames the future in many young minds. Even so, Jesus still beckons, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“Jesus said to them, “The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title ‘Friends of the People’. But this is not the way with you; rather, the greatest among you must be like the youngest, and the leader must be like the servant.””

Luke 22:25-26

Many of us vest ourselves in the upcoming election. important issues pierce deep into our hearts. We sense threat to all we took for granted. A divided nation will vote. And good men and women will agree to disagree this November. But what then? We as Christians know our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20 Our circumstances may change but our calling remains the same. We serve Almighty God no matter what comes of the politics of this nation. We continue to commit acts of righteousness. We minister to the poor, the sick, the maimed, the underdogs among us. We extend arms of mercy and consolation to the shattered and broken lives in our neighborhoods. We confront the violence of sin with the divine love of Christ.

In these days, be sober. Resist arrogance, embrace humility. Seek God with a whole heart. Let’s build the kingdom of God. Never forget, in the end, Christ is all that matters.

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