Much bigger fish to fry

“Dear Republicans, stop complaining Healthcare needed reformed yrs ago & u did nothing. I don’t like it but @ least they finished something.”

This is the tweet that has started a string of responses from family, friends, and associates (even at work) about the recent law signed by our President (in case you have been hiding from reality lately).  It’s not that I don’t vote or keep up with politics, I do, but after I’ve done my due diligence I just focus on what we [as Christ followers] have left to do.  Ultimately, the government has asked me to do nothing against God’s law, no more than our 1st century brothers taxes were used for the upkeep of a colosseum that was the eventual resting place for many within there very personal and church families.  So with that in mind I read Matthew 22, Romans 13 try to apply these in me being submissive to my government and tend to the larger business at hand which is the Gospel.  My wife was one of the many people to comment on the tweet, and though we disagree vigorously on this subject she added an insight that I’ve not thought of before. She said:

“To fully understand where Jon is coming from (Not to defend him because we have been round and round about this) is the one thing that maters to him most is The Gospel and people knowing it. All other things typically get filter through the lens of “how does this affect The Gospel” Just some insight into my husband’s brain.”

She is right!  So many people die daily without hearing the Gospel and that is our job as believers and followers in Christ.  We have a duty to let them know the truth above all else.  Unfortunately for us we fall prey to our enemies scheme to divert us from the one thing that we are called to which is to represent Christ in our very lives.  Governments do not save people, People do not save people, the earth will not save people (or vice versa).  Only Christ saves. As the earliest of all creeds states

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy [Spirit], born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, [and] was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sit on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy [Spirit] ; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.”

This is what needs to be spoken not conservative, liberal, republican, democrat, tea party, tree hugger, gun toter, etc…… none of it, just Jesus. Listen, I’m not saying that you need to run to the hills and become a monk, I am asking those of you that claim to be Christ followers to engage culture with the Gospel.

What do you think?

P.S. That fish looks SO GOOD!!!!

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About Jon Nelson

I am just a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody [Christ Jesus]!

Posted on March 31, 2010, in ...from Jon, Life, Theology. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I agree. I love Derek Webb’s tune “You’ll never have a Savior on Capitol Hill.”. I don’t think this was the best solution, but I’m not throwing any bricks through windows or getting all bent out of shape.

  2. Melissa Hingula

    Hey Jon,
    I really like this. It makes totally sense if we are true followers of Christ. I have been struggling with this ever since the election. I have let my disgust and honestly, hatred of who and what Obama represents that I forgot what my true job as a christ follower is. How are people ever going to know the love of Christ if all we do is judge and yell hate their way. Even though we don’t agree with their (government/democrats) beliefs we need to show the respect and love that Jesus would want us to. I know I will continue to have moments of weakness and yell at the tv and rant on to Robert about how much I think Obama is a demon, same with Pelosi, I will try to put my focus on what I need to be doing to be more Christ-like.

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