WORKING FOR POLITICAL REFORM IS AN ACT OF LOVE

world.pngLove Not the World by Don Merritt is an excellent post, but ends his post with an observation I fear many will choose to misunderstand.

In the final analysis, this world, its ways, and everything in it will pass away, but the love of God endures forever. Our Lord showed us a life that was lived for the love of God.  Isn’t that where our love should be? I’ve heard people say that we are here to fix the world, but I must state clearly that this is a mistake; we were never commanded to fix the world: The world is passing away!  We are commanded to share the love of God through Jesus Christ with people, so that they may be saved from the world’s fate. (from here)

‘s post is about this passage.

1 John 2:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

When the Apostle John speaks of the world, what is he talking about? explains, but we make excuses for ourselves. Too many Christians look at passages like this one and see it as an excuse to stand aside from politics — because politics is supposedly of this world. That’s nonsense! That’s a lame excuse!

When we are told not to love the world, the Bible is referring to the world’s corrupt value system. Satan is the god of this world, and he has his own value system contrary to God’s (2 Corinthians 4:4). First John 2:16 details exactly what Satan’s system promotes: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. Every sin imaginable can be summed up in those three evils; envy, adultery, pride, lying, selfishness, and more spring from those three roots. (from here)

We cannot fix the world because doing evil is just the opposite of doing what is good. Evil is indifference to or hatred of God and our neighbors.

When we love God as much as we can and our neighbors as much as we love ourselves, our love is of Him who is not of this world. We obey His commandments because we love Him (John 14:15).

Therefore, a political activist can be just as charitable as some who volunteers to work in a soup kitchen. The issue is whether we consider the welfare of our neighbors just as important as we consider our own welfare. When we work for political reform is it because we see our neighbors suffering from bad laws, high taxes, and wasteful spending? Then our work for political reform is an act of love as Jesus commanded, and we have every right — an obligation — to pray that God will guide us as we work to reform our political system.

In fact, if we are a Christian and we choose to stand aside and do nothing — just sit on our hands as we watch our nation unravel — that is sinful. That is a sin of omission. (James 4:17)

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3 thoughts on “WORKING FOR POLITICAL REFORM IS AN ACT OF LOVE

  1. I so agree with this, Tom. I often like to say, we aren’t trying to save the world, just to tidy it up a bit before His return.

    In the Lord’s prayer we have the words, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The kingdom is within us and all around us, it is not just some distant place. We are called to reflect that, to follow His will “on earth as it is in heaven.”

    For all our problems in America, I have to step back and really look at how Christian values have shaped us, how so many good men have truly embraced the idea of creating a culture that reflects His kingdom. It is not an oppressive place at all, but one of the most prosperous countries in the history of the world, providing more freedom and opportunity than any other. America is not His kingdom, but it is a reflection, however imperfect, of Jesus Christ in our hearts.

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  2. @insanitybytes22

    Glad you agree. Always feel a little bit better when you do.

    After we are born again and commit our lives to following the way of Christ, the Lord begins a good work in us. If we are not having a good effect on the people around us, then we ought to start wondering why He is not working on us.

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