Foundations For Our Future (Special 2)
Foundations for Our Future (Special #2)
by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler
The Leader of the House has taken to using the phrase from the Constitution, “to make a more perfect union,” and so far as she is sincere I agree with that goal. But I am sure that when half of the nation seek to dictate to the other half there will be no true union, nor any true peace.
Conflict is inevitable among people, because of the Fall. Only believing people share that perspective, however. To see that I have a fallen and sinful heart, as well as the other person, is only possible by God’s grace. Without that knowledge, the outcome of conflict is always to win. But when I see my own sinfulness, I must moderate my passionate and instinctual desire to crush my opponent. Christ Jesus demands it.
Political passions are running high right now, and unless they are moderated by all people of good will, the future of the nation is in jeopardy. Christians uniquely can make a difference to the outcome.
According to the pollsters only 63% of our nation claim to be Christian. Down from 93% in 1960. Yet 88% of the members of congress claim to be Christian. Down from 95% in 1960. If those who claim to belong to Christ conduct themselves in the light of Christ, the future can be much better. We who believe must demand it from others. We must demand it from ourselves.
There is a peace that passes all human understanding, and it is to be known and shared by the Lord’s people. Peace, perfect peace.