by: Tim Olson
Paul was in prison facing a death sentence because of his faith. At he beginning of his letter we can hear his desperation. He said he would rather be dead to this world and be with Christ. But for their sake he would press on and continue the battle.
So how does this apply to us today?
We are called to do the same thing as the Apostle Paul. These times should inspire us to PREACH CHRIST! Phillipians 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Communicating the Gospel should be every Christians primary goal in life. Any cause or motivation that become more important than Christ is an idol. We must ensure that the issues we fight for never supersede our calling to be ambassadors for Christ. Jesus must be our first and most important fight in life, everything else must fall in line. Every other agenda must take its right seat in order of significance.
As christian citizens of the greates country in the world, we are called to influence our communities by promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our areas of influence. Certainly this includes us being involved in politics in order to shape the society we live in. Tahnkfully we have the ability to take an active part through voting, freedom of speech, and being involved in our communities locally and abroad. In everything we do we must reflect the character of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s words to the church is as important today as it was when he wrote it. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:4-8)
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Well I read everything you said. I agree with everything you said. I have been praying that God will make me less political and set my mind more to his mind. I have to be active and participate in the political structure, but not when it becomes more important than my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I thank God for your strength and understanding of Scripture. I will not make promises but I will continue to read my scripture, I will allow the Holy Spirit to work closer in my life to do his will. I feel ashamed that I have allowed some things to go on and on. I stand strong in my principles of our country, but I will put my Lord and Savior first. I cannot do this in my own strength but only through the power of his Holy Spirit I will learn to humble myself before him. Thank you for being bold and preaching the gospel