What, I wondered, can I do to help turn things around? How can I be part of the solution? Then I asked myself, am I part of the problem?
The underlying motive of our current national politics is the desire of people to get income that they have not earned through producing goods and services of true value. This desire has a name – GREED. Yes, Senators and Representatives seem, more often than not, to be greedy. The businesses and organizations which lobby them are certainly greedy. But what about people on welfare? Aren’t they taking income without producing things of equal value? What about me, on Social Security? What am I producing of value? And what does all this have to do with my claim to be a follower of Christ?
Now that I am grown up, though, do I accede to the jurisdiction of the world and its “powers” over my life without a thought, let alone without rebellion? I get so many orders from this benighted world’s wisdom. “Be dishonest,” “Be impatient,” “Be judgemental,” “Get revenge,” and so on. So many other people, in all walks of life, set an example for obeying such commands. But then I turn to the light, the Truth.
The author of these orders is not my father. Why should I listen to him? He is not even my big brother! But I do have a Father in heaven, and He tells me His way for me to live: “Be honest,” Be patient,” Do not judge,” “Forgive!” And I have a big brother who is right here at my side at every moment, not do put me down, but to lift me up, as He himself was lifted up in complete obedience to our Father. That big brother, Jesus Christ, wants nothing less than for me to be joyfully with Him in the care of that loving Father.
Next time a command comes from the darkness that wants to dominate my heart, let me shout in defiance, “You can’t make me!” and turn to the Light.