Monday, September 5, 2011

What will Jesus change?

There is no political solution
To our troubled evolution
Have no faith in constitutions
There is no bloody revolution

I wouldn't normally think of Sting, the singer/songwriter who penned those words for his then-band the Police, as a prophet. Especially since the song they came from, "Spirits in the Material World," represents the kind of despairing cynicism that we Christians are supposed to reject.

But if you look at our world today -- even more so than 30 years ago, when the song appeared on the band's "Ghost in the Machine" album -- you have to marvel at his prescience. Especially in considering our "dysfunctional" Federal government, which people can't say get anything done. If Washington could only fix itself, people believe.

Well, as I've written before, "Washington" is not, never has been and never will be, the problem.

It really boils down to our basic selfishness as human beings, believing that everything revolves around us. We want the power to change things but not the responsibility of doing so. We consider how things affect us personally but not the other guy. We denounce people who don't agree with us as fundamentally evil, perhaps not considering that they just might feel the same way about us.

Given the uncertainty in today's world, my pastor during sermons has asked on a couple of occasions if this might be the time that Jesus actually returns. Let me say something sobering: It could be that His Second Coming might, in the long run, be the last thing some people want.

What?! Yep. As I said, folks want everyone else to change, often forgetting that they too are in need of deep repentance. And should He return in the next few years, let's keep in mind that we're not going to dictate to Him just how things should be. Indeed, it's likely that we simply won't be able even to stand before Him in all His utter holiness; He barks a command and our only response will be, "You want it, You got it."

Remember, friends, that Jesus will determine what He wants done with the money entrusted to us. He will determine the best, most equitable policies. He will determine how people will run their businesses. Indeed, we won't even have a "democracy" anymore because there will be only one vote. "Freedom"? Irrelevant. There will be only justice.

Let's also not forget the part of the "LORD's Prayer," "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." So, to add a twist on the old saying, "Be careful what you pray for -- you will get it." And it may not be what you expect.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Hi Rick, You have said some things in this concise writing that are so profound, and could title so many topics;that most preachers and scholars wont even touch them.Several comments could only begin to expound on the "mouth full" you just said.I hope none of your readers breeze over this 'one' lightly...Selfishness is so near-sighted that it can't see the pragmatism is symbiosis (helping others helps myself, those helping me help themselves.).. We should say, "Come Quickly Lord Jesus!",all the while preparing ourselves to be ready for His return.Prophecy scriptures show the condition the world will be in when Jesus arrives.And it will not be Christians running to his feet to say " Look at the Kingdom I built for you." Nevertheless, He commanded us to occupy until He comes.Jesus does change everything, for now voluntarily, later sovereignly.To be effective now, we must resolve what we beleive about Jesus and His commands, then symbiotically edidify (build up each other) unselfishly.Isn't that what a healthy "Body" does?