31st January 2019

Too Close to the Flame!

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”
2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NKJV)

We all know the story of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and whose wings melted, sending him crashing into the sea and drowning. But there is a danger for Christians in getting too involved in this world’s politics and getting burnt, by events that can stir up passions that set Christians against one another.

Let’s be honest—if your favoured party wins a general election, they won’t solve the problems the UK faces. If you were for or against in the referendum, we must respect the result. As Christians we should beware of getting ourselves entangled in the affairs of this world. We are citizens, indeed ambassadors, of another country, of another Kingdom, which cannot be seen today (2 Corinthians 5:20). We read the warning in Mark 4:19 not to let the “cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” If we get too close to the flame and fury of today’s big political issues we can be like Peter, who walking on the water took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink.

It is not wrong to take an interest in, and have a private opinion about, these important issues. It is not wrong to cast your vote in the way that seems right and best to you. You can make a biblical case for supporting either political party, but that should not be our focus. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. While we can feel affected and even conflicted by these major issues, getting drawn into them takes our focus off Jesus Christ.

So let us remain clear-headed and balanced, and remember our approach to these issues might best be to pray that God will guide the outcome of elections and referendums in the best way to enable the gospel to be preached, and Christians to be free (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Don’t get burned up about worldly issues when, in the context of eternity, they just don’t matter. Passion for Christ is good, too much passion for politics is not!

Prayer
Loving Father, help us to channel our passion in the right way, to let your light shine through us in every situation. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
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LS15 8LE

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