My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. (James 2:1)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)
How do you feel about those who are making decisions that affect your life – decisions that you do not agree with? A day or two ago I reposted a statistic about the current controversy over using hydroxychloroquine to treat the COVID-19 virus. (Ugandans regularly take HCQ for malaria prevention and in a country of 45 million, they have only reported 5 deaths due to COVID. Yes, you read that right – 5.) The post also included a statement to the effect that money is motivating the drive for a vaccine, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
I later removed the reference to Dr. Fauci, for while I do believe that money, power, and political goals are the reason pretty much everything that has happened over the last seven months has happened, I have not met Dr. Fauci and I cannot know his heart. I can make judgment calls on what to believe about what we’re being told, but only God can see a man’s heart.
This morning I read James 2:1 (quoted above). In context, the passage talks about treating poor people as less valuable and with less honor in efforts to gain favor with the rich, the very ones who are oppressing the believers, dragging them into court, and blaspheming the name of Jesus. (Human nature hasn’t changed at all.) But I wonder, do we “hold our faith with an attitude of personal favoritism” when we look down on, condemn and berate our political leaders who are making foolish and dangerous decisions, even decisions that are stealing our freedoms and destroying our nation? Do we feel superior in any way because we can see the cultural, spiritual, and prophetic implications while they are in the dark? Are we participating in “spiritual snobbery?”
We know that what is happening to us as a nation is simply the moving forward of God’s prophetic time clock. America as a free and independent world power simply cannot exist in the one-world government that will be ruled by the antichrist. We are seeing prophecy play out in front of our very eyes. Does that mean we don’t push back against losing our freedoms? Does it mean we stop voting and simply watch it happen? Should we simply abandon the efforts to bring public attention to wrongs that are being perpetrated on our fellow citizens? Certainly not. We don’t know God’s timetable, and we should use our voices and platforms to speak up against injustice and misinformation, and I’m thankful that many brave individuals are willing to speak up against the “narrative.”
But as Christ-followers, we need to be more concerned about the spiritual condition of those who are destroying this great country, and less concerned about the country itself. We don’t need God to “save America;” we need God to save Americans.
If you are a Christ-follower, this world is not your home. You have citizenship in another realm. We are just passing through, and we have one mission while we’re here: to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s make sure our anger against evil doesn’t turn into anger against the people who are held captive by that evil. They are blind because the enemy has blinded them. They do not have the ability to see spiritual truth, just as we were once blind until God opened our eyes. Were it not for the grace of God, we would be the people in charge, making the same decisions.
When America falls (and it will), if I’m still here I will be deeply grieved and saddened, but I will not be hopeless, because I belong to another kingdom. This is only a temporary assignment. But for those without Christ, the little kingdoms they are trying to build, made up of power and money and prestige and pleasure, is all they have. This life is their best life. I think, rather, we ought to feel sorry for them and pray diligently that God will have mercy and rescue them from the hands of the enemy. They are the true victims of what is happening.