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Thursday, March 23, 2017
LIVING EPISTLES! (Day 16)
MoDuLaTInG TONES LIVING EPISTLES!
During a time when North Korea is launching ballistic nuclear missiles as it sees fit, federal funding for programs that serve our elderly and disenfranchised communities are on the chopping block, and many of our neighbors have had to leave their families to go back to a war that we don't know when we will get out of, our lawmakers are forced to investigate Twitter tweets made by our 45th President because he has alleged being wiretapped by our former 44th President with no proof whatsoever being offered. C'mon...
This is bigger than political parties at this point. It's about realistic expectations of the highest office in the United States of America and whether or not our elected legislative officials are providing a framework of leadership that we can believe in as citizens of our great country as well as leaving a blueprint of governance that our youth will aspire to imitate.
And so "what does this have to do with a Christian blog," one may ask? A lot, in my opinion. It's a reminder for adult Christians that we also have to provide a framework for non-believers and our youth. It's not about perfection but it is about effort and sometimes explanation when our failures are visible. We need to do all that we can to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ as young Christians and "adult babies in Christ" attempt to calibrate living a "holy" and "set apart" life in a world that they are no longer a part of. A world that they are in but a world that they are not of.
ST. JOHN 17:11-16 (KJV)
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.