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Wasted Zeal, Peace and Elections

Fri, Oct. 28, 2016 Posted: 05:36 AM

The United States of America will be voting for its next President in a few weeks. My prayer is that there will be peace. There are times when we are led to believe that this world has much to offer us, outside what the Bible says. But it amounts only to a waste of zeal and energy in a field of deception. Waste not your energy wooing and expecting love from the world; soon it will manifest its true color which is an unrepentant hatred for all that God stands for. Its true agenda is to put as many on the path of destruction as it can.

Samuel Rutherford wrote “The world never looked like a friend upon you. Ye owe it little love. It looked ever sour like upon you. Howbeit you should woo it, it will not match with you; and therefore never seek warm fire under cold ice. This is not a field where your happiness growth: it is up above.”

Just think of it. What will be found if demons, hackers, Russia, China and Wikileaks could hack into your current and deleted e-mail and also expose all your midnight internet browsing, electronic banking transactions and "chats" for which you have deleted all trails? Will they not find the real YOU ... the real person behind an elegant mask. The mask is the screen that the world offers so all can look as they need to look to win in a fallen civilisation. Is it not strange that evil initially preaches tolerance, when its real ultimate objective is destruction of good? Has it not become a new normal for wickedness to put on the costume of charity?

There is one thing we can do, as Christians in a fallen and deceptive world … we can make peace. All over the world, whether in the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Middle East or even in the local context of smaller geographies or communities, peace is becoming more elusive than ever. Never in recent history has there been such a global dearth of peace. The Bible identifies a rare group of people called “Peacemakers” not Church goers … calling them a blessed tribe. The children of the Most High God.

Mat_5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Jesus Christ does not say “blessed are the peaceful or lovers of peace” … but speaks to those who “make peace”. If you wanted me to make a cake, I could not, with all the best intentions … and for several reasons. I cannot work the oven, I do not know the recipe, I have not purchased the ingredients and have none in store, I have had no teacher to teach me, I have not practiced baking etc. There is a huge difference between making cake and enjoying one. The same applies to peace. Peace will not be made by default, no one is born a natural peace maker … there must be a disciplined and deliberate application before anything can be made. Peace requires sacrifice on the part of the one who makes it.

The rancour and bitterness that pervades the global atmosphere is not accidental. Where there is no peace, it often means no one has made it … yet all are expecting to enjoy it. Where there is discord in a couple, or a small or large group, it may mean no one in the environment has set out to make peace or there is none to make it … so, where then are the children of God? Who is preaching the gospel of peace? The Bible contains the technology and many tips for peace making …just reducing our words could be a good first step, minding our own business … getting busy profitably etc.

1Thessalonians_4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

Christ is the Prince of Peace, you cannot make peace without reference to Him, His words and His teachings. How can we go to the University and not listen to the Professor? The recipe and ingredients for peace are richly illustrated in the Bible. We do not read it … and when we do, we do not obey what it says nor do we practice its counsel until it becomes our way of life. The gas for the oven … the energy that produces peace – The Holy Spirit … and also the master chef of peace. We have not asked Him to help us “make peace” …

As the situation in the Middle East gets even worse, Syria and Afghanistan crying for peace … as the United States approaches an unimaginably vitriolic election next month … there is a greater imperative for the saints to make the peace even if they do not feel like it – they are called to do so. Christ made peace, at his “unfair” arrest by healing the ear of the soldier attacked by a defending disciple. Christ often withdrew from the angry crowd … saying nothing, sometimes not seen for days … in prayers. To Pilate, He answered not a word in His defence. How can saints join in enthusiastically stoking flames for trouble even for supposed political advantage or to enforce “so called” rights?

Making peace is not compromise on principles and our belief in God. Indeed our belief in a supreme God who rules over all, encourages us to be meek while accepting that it is also true that there is a sharp divide between the true followers of Christ and others … a divide that is enforced by the word of God and not by angst. Christ – the Prince of Peace, did not apologise to the Pharisees to make peace.

Mathew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Politicians will claim to offer the best peace that they can, but history informs us that this respite is not peace, nor is it sustainable – nor can it be. Religion has been blamed for baking more than its fair share of trouble. There are as many divorces in Church as outside it … many “Christian” homes are severely troubled, wives unloved … husbands not respected, children abandoned. But to be religious and to go to Church is NOT the same as being a true child of God – only peacemakers are said to be His children. If you are a child of God, tear up that divorce file and go and make peace with your spouse … go and make peace with relations you do not talk to … make peace with co-workers and colleagues …make peace with fellow church members. The Americans blame the Russians, the Russians blame the Americans, the Israeli blame the Arabs … Arabs blame the Israeli … each one has mastered their own brand of propaganda …but none of this has produced peace, nor can it.

The Bible does also say there is no peace for the wicked. Even if all the children of God made more than enough peace for the world to enjoy, the wicked are ordained to have many troubles and cannot benefit from the rest they could have had, if they change their ways … and depart from wickedness.

Heb_12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Often, as Christians we begin many things with better intentions, and soon we see murmurings and disputings. The Apostle Paul warns that as soon as disputes and murmurings erupt, you are being pulled into harm and blame. Christians are not called to win arguments or to come ahead through disputes. We are called to shine as lights and hold forth the word of life. Do not encourage disputes and vitriol in your environment – separate yourself from strife. Come to quick agreement and exit disputes. Too much is lost, when arguments are won, but the Holy Spirit is grieved and quietly slips away.

I pray your labors may not be in vain. I pray when the day of Christ comes, you will be rejoicing, knowing the most critical issue, your salvation, was always safeguarded. Beware of the many plots to rob you of your salvation. Make peace. Forgive quickly. Do not get in the mud with your adversary. Walk away from trivial contests. Remember ... Be rapture ready. Anything that could cost you salvation is not worth it.

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; {harmless: or, sincere} {ye shine: or, shine ye} 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

olabode ososami