My original idea for the title of this was “Dipping Our Toe In” but in light of what this is about, I think this is something a lot of us need immersion in~ whether it’s to strategize, opine or get our spiritual battle fatigues on with full armor. Either way, we’re going to need it.
Last week, I posted the following quote by Malcolm Muggeridge on my Facebook page. I found it very poignant and spot on.
“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over–a weary, battered old brontosaurus–and became extinct.”
Daisy and I have been discussing politics for a long time, often. Maybe we are able to get our opinions out to each other without driving others around us nuts, but really, more importantly, it gives us ideas to bounce off each other, and a way of helping each other understand how our biblical views and desires to live our faith mesh with our views of politics and society.
She found an article the other day as she was perusing through comments on the other site, and I just have to share it here. But before I do, I need to reaffirm that the Heartbeat as our main goal-is encouraging others and help point people to Jesus. We are unapologetically Bible believing Christians. We desire to live our faith in ways that people know just by observing our walk, not just our talk. We desire for this place always to be a place of respite from the usual stuff going on, which is why we don’t have advertising (at least not from us anyway), or do headline stuff for clicks. And why we’ve not focused on political issues.
Politics is something we’ve all been involved in at some level or another for a long time. I don’t want to make this site political. That was never our intention when Daisy and I started thinking about having a site. But sometimes, the political world view meets our biblical view head on, and no matter which way folks decide to turn, we want to be a place where we can discuss things like politics in a different way than other sites and without the meanness and heat that every other forum seems to perpetuate these days.
So in a roundabout way of saying, we’ve been thinking for quite a while of having a regular or maybe semi regular thread where folks can air whatever’s on their hearts about our country, what’s going on and where we’re going. Political, socially, and culturally. We do live in this world, and while some of us desire more and more to be away from it, we are told to “occupy” until Jesus comes or calls us home.
Politically, I’ve done pretty much the most dramatic turn around from it. I still check and keep up somewhat of what’s going on, because with politics, it does involve each and every one of us whether we want it to or not. Unfortunately, we’ve drifted so far from the founder’s version of small government, what happens in DC does intrude into our individual lives.
That doesn’t mean we’re going back there again- far from it. I don’t want to go back into it. But just dip or dive once in a while to remind us that while politics & our world are of the world, there are a lot of things that as Christians, we ought to be able to discuss and get into battle mode- for the spiritual. If there’s one thing I’ve learned the past few years is that the spiritual is as real as the physical. And how we as Christians deal with and get involved with day to day ‘news’, culture and politics, can have a real impact on the course of things in our country- just not in the way most people think.
Over the next few weeks or so, Daisy and I are going to continue with our thoughts here, on shining light in any way we can into the darkening places in our old ‘haunts’ and how to show the love of Christ while still fighting the good fight.
For now though, this is an excellent and well said article, and while I had to re read the last quarter of it to understand what he’s saying, before I felt a little bit of feather waddage going on, I understand and agree with what he is saying. That doesn’t mean I expect everyone else to agree too- but give it a read. You may find parts you do agree with, and some you don’t- and that’s fine, but I guarantee, it will make you think. And that is something I’ve always strived for in my own writing over the years. I just want folks to think, even if they don’t agree.
This is an open thread of sorts. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this…
One more thought… A lot of Christians have used 2 Chronicles 7:14 as a sort of rallying cry for patriotism and getting America back on track. While it is a powerful verse and I have written before about what a God healed land would look like, too many people while reciting it for a prayer, don’t really consider the first thing that God tells us (those who are called by His Name) to do. Humble yourselves, pray and seek His face, turn from our wicked ways…
While we need to prepare for battle, it’s an awesome reminder that we’ve already won the war because of Christ.
Have a blessed Thursday all.