I am not a political person. That doesn’t mean I have no interest in political issues. It means politics are not my calling. My God-given purpose is to prepare others to be ready for Jesus to come. I am taking two avenues. The first is to show the need for all of us to worship God as Creator. The second is to lead men to be the people God is calling them to be.
Have you noticed you are different than you were a month ago? We can all see to one degree or another the different directions our lives can take as changes around us force us to become different people. We follow the leader (whatever leader) by not leaving home, not going shopping, not eating out, not going to church, not visiting relatives, not having surgery, closing down our business, going further into debt, etc., ad infinitum. Do you see any problems with this? If you live in certain states, you will get to enjoy these pleasantries for who knows how long.
Our weeks, months and maybe even longer of lockdown have affected nearly all of us in one way or another. We have become different people. Many have simply accepted the heavy-handed commands to stay at home, to stay six feet away from others, to wear masks. We change our total lifestyle for the sake of protecting the nation from a fate no worse than recent annual cases of flu that we hardly even notice.
We now have a new norm in our lives that some will embrace? Too many people who want to control us. And to what end?
We have seen a glimmer of what a totalitarian state looks like. Do we recognize that it is coming upon us like a steamroller? Do we see that for the control freaks in our government and social leadership this was a wonderful serendipitous opportunity to practice what they have been hoping for generations to thrust on our nation?
If I followed this reasoning any further, this would become a political post. That’s not where I’m going. So, what does a man who seeks to honor God and to lead his family do in such a situation? I’ll have to admit, it’s tricky. I’m still considering it. Here are some thoughts that can help us in any difficult circumstance.
1. Determine whether your actions may adversely affect your goal to be the person God has called you to be. That means to your family, friends, and to yourself. How will your actions show that you are becoming that person or some other person whose future positive influence may be diminished.
2. Pray to be sure you are not just following what benefits you. “Seek the Kingdom of Godabove all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NIV
3. Obey those in charge over you “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted.” Romans 13:1, 2 NLT (I expect some of you to have questions about this. Keep reading.)
4. Know the laws of your nation/region (state)/locality. Determine if your leaders at different levels are abiding by the laws that govern them. If not, challenge them with respect, using appropriate methods.
5. Seek guidance if you decide there may be a need to take additional action. “So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.” Proverbs 24:6 NLT
6. Be sure that what you do honors and represents God.
7. Be ready to suffer the slings and arrows of unrighteousness. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it.” 1 Peter 3:14 NLT
Frankly, if you are new to trying to follow God in matters such as these, don’t intentionally run headlong into this, or any other skirmish. Watch, learn, pray, prepare, train. Exercise on smaller issues. Seek God to continue to build you. Your time will come. There will yet be greater battles.