While You Were On Mission
We’ve all seen the While You Were Out notepads around an office. A lot happened while we were in Samana! People came to Christ, a new work began, and America’s disgrace became official. BUT, has my mission changed, has your mission changed, or has God’s mission changed?
Laws – Down is Up & Up is Down
For the first time in our history, our highest court decided a case based on intent. They cited the supposed intentions of Congress rather than the law Congress actually wrote. I wonder which of the justices sat in on the deliberations of Congress?
Despite the attempts of those too eager to rewrite our nation’s history, most of our founding fathers were devout Christians. Were they perfect? No. But they understood too well the whims of a ruling despot. They had looked into the Word of God and saw many valuable principles. They established a system of human government on many divine principles. One of those is: the rule of law.
Since our founding it has been the job of legislators to draft and approve laws. If a law’s validity came into question, the court examined what had been written and evaluated the law on that basis. That procedure has protected every U.S. citizen from whimsical, capricious and oppressive ‘reinterpratation’ of any law by any official. Now, it’s apparently OK to decide cases on intent.
One person on our mission team said he would look forward to his next speeding ticket. He wanted to go to court and say,
But Your Honor, I intended to go the speed limit!
This sounds like political commentary, but it’s really just the context for greater points. Our founding father’s knew God and His laws never change. God is the Sovereign of the universe. His mission is a personal relationship with anyone and everyone who believes in Him for salvation. There is comfort, certainty, and safety in things that do not change.
Lords – One is, and those that would be
In the affairs of men, it’s OK to pass judgment on some law. It’s quite another to pass judgment on God’s laws. History is full of failed attempts. Just in the past 100 years:
- Soviet Union – the State was ‘god’- it didn’t work
- China – the persecuted/oppressed church in China is thriving
- Hitler & Nazis – God is Sovereign – not some man or political party
And we could go back in Biblical history as far as Nimrod. His name literally means let’s rebel. He rebelled, but God had the final say – as He always does. Being obstinate wasn’t new when Nimrod did it. Satan was the first usurper. He tried to take God’s place. It didn’t work. No one has ever succeeded and no one will. We can call our actions legislation, judgment, military conquest, or enlightenment. But when we act contrary to the Lord of lords and King of kings, let’s have the decency to call it what it is: rebellion.
Man has been in rebellion since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. That isn’t new. But when we take our rebellion and instituionalize it in our laws, we have stepped dramatically closer to God’s required judgment. Just to be clear, here’s what our nation’s leaders have rebelled against:
- God defined all right and wrong – Romans 1:28-32, and many other references
- God defined marriage: Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5
- What God has designed, defined, and joined – Man can’t separate or undo
- If we sow rebellion, we will reap its fruit – Galatians 6:7-8
Limits & the Mission
Our founding fathers based the laws of a new nation, and new experiment in human governance, on the best laws possible – the Word of God. And they knew that when and if the laws of men diverge from the the Word of God, a Christian must always choose the Law of God. There are many precedents:
- Daniel endured a den of hungry lions rather than disobey God
- 3 Hebrew boys chose the fiery furnace over disobeying God
- Jesus chose the cross in obedience to the Father
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer – preached the Word & martyred by Hitler
The names that could be on this list are increasing daily. It may seem a tragic thing to lose one’s life over faith in, and obedience to, Jesus Christ. But where is it written any of us should live? Jesus said we should not fear those who can only kill the body. And we should always remember the limits of human ability. For that matter, there is a limit to human rebellion. Don’t think so? Every king, queen, president, legislator, ambassador, and court justice will find this unchanging part of God’s Word to be absolutely true:
…At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So for our earthly nation it’s right to mourn June 26, 2015. Borrowing from FDR, the date will live in infamy. To borrow from Elijah (I Kings 18): If the Supreme Court is God, then follow it; but if God is God, then follow Him. Last Friday didn’t suprise the King and it didn’t set the Kingdom back. Take courage, God is still in charge! You still have a mission to love and love others.
You see, rebellious tongues will confess the Lord. But they will have no joy in it because it will be too late for them. But Christians have the joy of confessing Him now and knowing He is already victorious. We can use all our mind, soul, and strength to honor Him. And whether we live or die, His glory is our mission!
Soli Deo Gloria!
(It’s Latin, meaning: to God alone be the glory!)