Addition to How Do We Stand
by Renee Frantz
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Okay, okay that is exactly what we need to hear. It made perfect sense to me because I've heard Dax day in and day out talk about everything that is going on in the political scene. Like how upsetting the abortion issue is and them taking the Ten Commandments out of courthouses. So Dax may have to give a little glossary or something with it so others will understand.
Basically the Good Government is all of the political groups and politicians who are trying to pass legislature that control morality. However, for those of us who know that we should live by these laws, we already know we should be living by the standards God has set before each of us. But to those who do not know about Jesus which is the mass of America--even some of those who go to church for more social reasons than the right reasons--are being driven farther away from knowing the truth of real freedom in Jesus Christ because they see all of those efforts in politics as the so-called "self-righteous" trying to tell them how to live their lives and they rebel against anything good. It's only when they come into the Holy Government, which knows Christ as their personal savior that they are willing to follow the "Good Government." Morality cannot be legislated is can only be redeemed within the hearts of the saints. And really it's a calling that as Christians we need to wake up from the dream of apathy (indifference) and not to rely on government to change the world but to start using fervent righteous prayer and obedience to Christ to start to follow our convictions and release others from the bondage one by one whether it is through meeting their physical needs or doing the spiritual warfare for those who do not know how to or both. As Christians, we have become a nation that sits back and says we want to save the world but we aren't willing to get off our backsides to do it. We have let the government take care of our sick, our oppressed, and our elders through government programs which in essence doesn't always get to those who really need it, but we satisfy our conscience by saying that we pay our taxes and the government gives to those.
Take our group for instance. We have met people's needs--the real needs--whether putting roofs on houses, paying someone's deposits, buying water heaters, whatever. The church today has shadowed the true church by its building funds, expensive programs, etc. Wouldn't the money spent on programs and larger churches be spent better on the people you knew within your own community? A church more concerned about the square footage of their church compared to that of the church down the road is a dead church--one in apathy--likewise with each individual Christian. We need to put the power back into the hands of the One with the power. We are called to meet the needs of those and wear out the knees of our pants praying for those whom we are meeting the needs of. Evangelistic programs are all fine and dandy but when we as Christians neglect the one-on-one contact with those in need, then we are not living up to the great commission God has called each of us to. We have become a nation of Christians that try to get the community to come to us through fancy programs and stained-glass churches, but we need to be going to the community. A lost person doesn't relate to a building or a program, he relates to a person. Are we truly being the kind of person that God wants us to be. Good Government can even be a church--Holy Government is what is written in each of our hearts and can only be accomplished through prayer and conviction. Only God can put a man in his right mind, but angels and saved men are his tools--and as a nation of Christians we have become rusty. If our country is ever going to be restored, it will be from inside the heart of men who are convicted by Christ not by government regulation, policy, or programs.
I was telling Dax the other day that even Jesus himself with the way He taught. He knew what really affected people. When He did His sermon on the mount, He taught multitudes, now some of them probably walked away a different person, however, those were the same people who were screaming for His execution a few months later; but, when He went one-on-one with someone like the woman at the well or the woman brought before Him to be stoned or Saul before He became Paul...don't you know that those people knew He was someone who loved them. Don't you know that those were the ones who walked away from that encounter with the Savior a changed person? Those were the ones who would never leave Jesus' side. Those were the ones who gathered around His cross with their hearts breaking because they knew who was on that cross giving them the opportunity to spend an eternity with Him. Those were the ones who finally realized what it meant to spend their lives in complete obedience to the Savior.
We can't tell people not to sin, we can't legislate morals, and we have to show people the way to the real truth. The battle of breaking the chains signifies the use of fervent prayer used until the person is broken free of the bondage that holds their life. Our world teaches us that our freedoms are limitless and there is not consequence because there is no heaven or hell, God or devil...isn't that truly the legacy of a fallen nature.
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