When the U.S. moves left – how then shall we live?

With all the political changes, it appears that the U.S. will move even further to the left.

So, what does this mean for Christians?

There’s a bit of disbelief that the Lord is moving in this direction.

After all, we would have preferred a Presidency with at least Senate control to continue the efforts to reduce abortion and appoint conservative judges. All desirable and notable goals.

Although God didn’t agree with our plan, we still trust that He is in control and has a specific, albeit different, idea.

Answers from the book of Hebrews

As always, “the word of God is living and active” (Heb 4:12) and the book of Hebrews, in particular, has some relevant insights into our current political climate.

Hebrews 11:6 “seek Him”

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

We’re aware of saving faith, to which we first became believers, but this same faith extends to how we must continue to live.

We can’t approach God, much less please Him if we don’t believe the reality of His existence.  God exists even though we can’t see Him. Additionally, we must believe that God is the awarder of those who earnestly seek Him.

Now, even more, we need to pursue faith as our dedicated way of life.

 

But, what is this faith?

Hebrews 11:1 “this is faith”

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

This faith is a confidant assurance in what we hope for, but can not now see.

In reality, this is more descriptive than definitive.

Faith then is trust in the unseen. We are not trusting in the unknown.

We know by faith what we cannot see with our eyes but these things unseen are in fact real.

In spite of the worldly directions of a sinful culture, we know the end game – the return of Christ, our glorification, a new heaven and new earth – and a lake of fire.

 

How then does one live by faith?

Hebrews 11 “examples of faith”

  • “by faith, Noah built an Ark to save his family” – he did so for 120 years in spite of the constant ridicule – could we do that?
  • “by faith, Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice” – could we do that?
  • “by faith, Moses’ parents hid him…and were not afraid of the king’s edict – could we do that?
  • “by faith, Moses refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to be mistreated with the people of God” – could we do that?
  • “by faith, Joshua and the Isralites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days” in spite of the scoffing – could we do that?

This is living “by faith” – can we do that?

 

What about our country?

Hebrews 11:16 “a better country”

Hebrews 11, the great faith chapter in the Bible, states “they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one.”

No doubt, the United States is maybe the best country in history. But we are foreigners. As much as we love the U.S.A., by faith, we have a better country awaiting us – a heavenly country. We need to recognize that.

We also need to acknowledge that we will face opposition. We will be persecuted.

 

By His mercy, we also have an earthly support system.

Hebrews 10:25 “do not forsake the assembly”

Isn’t it interesting that at the very time we desperately need the support of other believers, we are in the midst of a pandemic that has significantly restricted our ability to meet with those believers?

Do you believe that is by accident?

Hebrews 10:25 states “let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Too many churches, too many connect groups, too many bible studies are shut down because they are afraid of Covid-19.

No doubt Covid19 is serious, God though, is in control, and especially “as we see the day approaching” we need to make every effort to continue to meet together.

God is not outmaneuvered by Covid19. He knows exactly when each and every one of us will be called home. It will still be on His timetable.

 

How can we persevere through these trials?

Hebrews 12:3 “do not grow weary”

We are going to be attacked for our faith.

Hebrews answers that with this verse 12:3 “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Hebrews 12:7 says “endure hardship as discipline”. We need to look at this as an opportunity – James 1:2 says to “count it as pure joy when you face trials.”

This will be a chance to be persecuted like Christ. To be persecuted for doing good not evil.

We need to be ready though. We need to be willing. We will go through it.

Christ was persecuted – unto death. Do we stand for Christ or the world? We shall surely find out.

Can we do that?

 

Now a difficult command.

Hebrews 13:17 “submit to authority”

More fully, Hebrews states in 13:17 “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority.”

How difficult is this?

But, did not Christ do that? Did not Christ pay taxes to the very government who would use those funds to crucify him?

At the same time we are doing everything we can to elect Godly leaders, we are to submit to and pray for the ungodly leaders.

Of course, we cannot do anything the word of God tells us not to do, or not do anything the word tells us to do. As Peter in Acts 5:29 states, “We must obey God rather than men.”

 

How does God help us with this?

2 Timothy 1:7  “God has not given us a spirit of timidity”

Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

We can not run and hide.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:2 states “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

We are saved by faith, we are to live by faith and we are to share our faith.

I believe the time before us will present enormous opportunities to share our faith.

 

Can we do that?

Summary

We all knew it was coming.

America seems to have been the last country standing and so many other nations have already spiraled into Socialism, Communism, and Christian persecution – China, Africa, Iran.

We know that God will work out “everything for good for those who believe” (Romans 8:28).  That doesn’t mean it won’t be difficult. It will be.

But, our God is in control and this is all part of His plan.

 

We need to earnestly seek faith and to live by faith.

We need the support of other believers – the church of Jesus Christ.

We need to recognize that we are awaiting a better country – a heavenly home.

We need to remember that Christ endured the very opposition that we will be going through – and not to grow weary or lose heart.

We need to submit to the governing authorities.

We need to commit to sharing our faith.

Lastly, we need to continue to pray – come quickly Lord Jesus (Revelations 22:20).

 

P.S.

Hebrews has a message for those who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ when 3:7 says “Today, if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts…”

Want to know what Christians believe? Here’s a short post on what the Bible says about being a child of God.

Want to learn more about the bible? Here’s a good place to start on how to read the Bible and some important verses.

"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur