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During the current political crisis in America and around the world, it’s easy to become frustrated and overwhelmed by what could happen. For many, taking a stand for your faith, your conscience, and your values could spell the end of your career, your income, your livelihood, and even your life.

For some, refusing an experimental medical procedure has already cost them jobs. And it doesn’t appear as though it will get any better any time soon. In fact, the Biden administration has actually promised to continue to make the national supply chain crisis worse until everyone has succumbed to the vaccine mandates. Many, if not most, will likely cave. This is the definition of tyranny.

There is no doubt about it, especially when children are involved, that people just want to return to their normal lives. But others see the bigger issue at play. Succumbing to tyranny never results in less tyranny; it always results in more. And this is why people are worried. Some are willing to die for the cause; liberty has never been gained or preserved without those who are willing to give their life for it.

As Christians, however, we have something the other side doesn’t have. We have peace. We are not tormented and enslaved by the fear of death the way the Pagans are (Hebrews 2:15)–this is why they desperately seek worldly solutions. But their efforts are futile; truth and integrity will outlast all of that.

As we seek to continue to proclaim Christ and stand for truth and justice, here are some things to remember:

  • As Christians, we are called to obey the Scriptures — even when it doesn’t seem feasible or even logical to do so. Jesus said we would be blessed (Luke 11:28).
  • We are told to trust in God alone, not the schemes of men, the laws of the land, science or medical innovations, and especially ourselves. These things are gifts from God, not replacements for His sovereignty (Proverbs 3:5-6).
  • We should be prepared to die and live as though it is our last day. What we do on Earth should be focused on Heaven and seek to do things that will have eternal consequences. As Christians, our hearts and treasures should be in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).

Every moment we have in this life should be focused on the glory of God. This means being obedient, exercising faith, and seeing that the gospel goes forth. It’s easy to get caught up in the whims of culture — the Church may start to focus on cultural trends such as racism and social justice at the expense of the gospel. But we must turn our focus away from these things as they do not build up our Heavenly treasury.

2 Corinthians 8:9 draws a beautiful picture of what it means to store up treasures in Heaven,

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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, that Jesus laid down His life so that we could live. That beautiful truth, that Christ came to Earth as God, in the form of a man and lived a perfect life — a life that we could not live. He fulfilled the requirement of God’s law completely, never once sinned. Yet, He died in our place according to the Scriptures, took the punishment that we deserved on the cross bearing the full wrath of God the Father, was buried, and rose again three days later, defeating sin and death, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father forever making intercession for those who would repent and believe on Him.

This is the only treasure we need to worry about storing up. I am a sinner like no one else. Though it can be tempting to sometimes, I honestly can’t point to anyone and say that person is a worse sinner than I am. I’ve been addicted to drugs. I’ve been to prison in a foreign country. And yet, somehow, God chose me out of the muck and mire of a life that I was in — and He used the death of my own father to start that process.

Make sure you pass that good news on to as many people as possible before you leave this world, whether it be tomorrow, or 80 years from now. Do not fear, cast your anxieties on Him (1 Peter 5:7), repent of your sin, and trust in Him alone. I hope you’re ready to die.

         

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