“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
It is highly possible that you could split our nation in half by our strong political affiliations. Americans are party people who for the most part stand for either the Republican or Democrat values and goals. There are some Independents mixed in, but all in all it is one of the two parties. Our news networks understand that and constantly feed one party’s perspective against the other, thus being a major driving force of strife and division. Political parties have long existed, but have you ever considered that you may be in the wrong party? I can promise you that the news stations could care less about the division and strife in our nation because their stations run on ratings and the more heated arguments they can televise the higher the ratings they receive. But have you considered you are in the wrong party?
When you become more Republican or Democrat politically than you are God-centered spiritually, you are in the wrong party. What a tragedy when Christians prefer their political views over the compassion and care for people. What a tragedy when a Christian talks more about their political party because they believe they have the answer to our nation’s problems than talking about Jesus Christ who alone has the answer. I have heard people say, “You can be too heavenly minded to be any earthly good.” I don’t believe that personally, but I do believe you can be too politically minded to be any spiritual good. Have you chosen your side? Are you a staunch Republican or Democrat? Why not believe we are all being intentionally divided against ourselves and join the Christ-followers party? The truth is our political parties thrive in the confusion and chaos. Look at what Jesus said in Luke 11:23.
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
You might be wondering if I am rejecting party affiliations. What I am saying is that if you are a child of God, born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, you better be known to be one who lines up with the Jesus party. What I am wanting you to evaluate is if your desire and passion is expressed more politically than it does spiritually. Only Jesus knows the way for us, the truth among us, and has the life for us, only Jesus! I am with Jesus Christ!
God in heaven watches your every move, records your every word, and understands your every thought and motivation. In a crisis, a prudent man’s natural response is to draw near to God. God uses the trials and troubles as spiritual tools to draw us closer to Him. In moments of fear and uncertainty, drawing near to the father is what children do. The question is, however, since the pandemic of the coronavirus, have you moved towards God? Have you been awakened out of the spiritual stupor we all tend to fall into? It is still possible that the coronavirus pandemic has not moved you at all spiritually. It is possible to listen to the news, hear the coronavirus confusion, feel the anxiety and fear rising up in you, and still never move an inch towards God. The Psalmist speaks for himself when he said,
“But [it is] good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.” Psalms 73:28
Some will draw near to the facts and the science of the matter. Some people will draw near to whatever it is that will help them escape the reality of the pandemic. Still others will draw near to the illusion that it will all soon be over and it will only be considered as a close call or bad dream. Some will draw near to their stockpiles of food and supplies and keep count with rotating their inventory. Some will draw near to God as the Psalmist did. Just as one of the state governors announced yesterday he had looked at recent data to see the movement of people from the tracking devices of their cell phones, God sees who moves towards Him and those who draw near to other things. In a time of crisis, we all draw near to what we trust in. What is it for you?