We live in an increasingly polarized environment. Political tensions are spilling into Social tensions, & everywhere you turn the unwillingness to think outside one’s own box and evaluate their own biases seems to be getting worse. It hurts my heart to think about how even though everyone claims that they want to know what is true, often they suppress the truth when it doesn’t confirm their bias. We have become a psychologically fragile & emotionally volatile people.
So What Is The Way Forward?
For a myriad of reasons that we don’t have the time to unpack, the Roman Empire was much the same, and it was into that situation which the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy commanding his Son in the Faith to teach the Church to pray for those in Authority so that they could live Quiet, Godly & Dignified lives (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
We cannot overemphasize this:
The Biblical Goal of Our Faith in Jesus Christ is to LIVE a life that honors God.
Everything else flows out of this.
The Apostle Paul’s instructions here are, in many ways, taken straight out of the commands to the Jews in Diaspora who were told to Accept their Exile for what it was, to Respect the Authorities that had been placed over them & to Work for the Good of the places they were exiled in to (Jeremiah 29:1-7).
Are the People of God called to be a Prophetic Voice crying out against injustice and oppression, against immorality and deviance? Absolutely… but Judgment always begins in God’s Household first (1 Peter 4:17). So in general, this simple principle holds true: Before You Try To Fix Everyone Else You Should Deal With Yourself.
The reason why God sets His own Household in order first, is because according to the Apostle Paul, all True Ministry flows out of the local Community of Faith as each disciple loves and sacrifices themselves for others, first in the home and then in the workplace and finally with all men (Ephesians 5-6).
You see, the Kingdom of God doesn’t operate by the same principles as the Kingdoms of Man. The Kingdom of God advances slowly, steadily; conquering the Hearts of Men with Truth wrapped in Love. From one Generation of Family, telling the stories of Redemption to the next. From one Neighbor, extending the grace of a listening ear to another whose burden was growing heavier by the day. From one Stranger, whose unexpected kindness to another refreshed their thirsty soul.
This Is The Way Forward.