Secede? Union? Kingdom of God?

 Today I listened, just listened, as students discussed the current petitions circling in 30 plus states filing to secede from the United States of America. Huffington Post Article

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t made my mind up on this situation yet. I don’t have enough information. However, I learned quite a bit just listening to students discuss feasibility, possibility, and the reasoning behind it.

I was very surprised that I didn’t have to stop the discussion because of people taking sides and arguing. They were actually just discussing the political situation and feasibility for each state. Particularly what it could mean for Missouri if said secession was granted.

Students of mixed political parties, mixed socioeconomic status, mixed everything had a calm, rational, spontaneous conversation that lead to thinking about change.

Sometimes we don’t like the way things are going. Face it. In our homes. In our jobs. In our churches. In our communities. In our government. We get fed up with all the ‘gunk’, and many times rightfully so.

What do we do when things aren’t going our way? How do we deal with conflict? (There’s that “c” word again.)

We divide.

We split into groups of people who believe similarly. We seek out others who share our belief system, our intrinsic moral code, and our desires for the future.

We turn away from those who disagree with our perspective. Who stand against the very things we stand for. We segregate ourselves from them for many various reasons. Mostly because we disagree and we can’t agree to disagree.

Let’s look at the Kingdom of God.

*Catholic Church

*Lutheran Church

*Episcopal Church

*Presbyterian Church

*Amish

*Mennonites

*Methodists

*Church of God

*Baptist

*Assembly of God

*Latter Day Saints

This list could go on and on. I’ve listed only a few of the denominations and within each denomination are many additional splits. Why?

Can Christian people secede from the Kingdom of God?

Your heart says “No!”, doesn’t it?

Don’t be so quick to answer. Isn’t that exactly what we’ve tried to do by forming so many separate religions? Rather than working together towards one common goal, we’ve divided over differences of interpretation. We’ve divided over leaders with whom some of us followed blindly while others believed them to be false prophets.

Sounds a lot like our country right now, doesn’t it?

I don’t claim to have the answer to states seceded from the Union. As a matter of fact, I’m a strong supporter of people taking a stand and speaking up for what they believe in. Sometimes it takes something shocking and drastic to bring about change. Perhaps this petition process will set the ball of change into motion.

What I do know, fellow Christians, is that we cannot secede from the Kingdom of God if we are truly Christian people. I do not believe that Heaven will be divided into communities based on our religious affiliation. Truth be told, I’m not sure God Himself is even a fan of organized religion as we know it.

Church, if we want to see change in our country we need to be filing our own petitions.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV; emphasis placed by me)

We need to be filing our petitions with God through prayer and thanking Him in advance for the answers. When we do, He’ll provide peace that others will not understand and will protect our hearts and minds. Cry out to Jesus!

Now this confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

Our heart and motive have to be right. God isn’t a genie in a lamp. We don’t throw up prayers like magical wishes. We pray in confidence that He will answer our petitions. We know that He will answer all petitions that are according to His will. We must seek His will first, though.

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)

If the prayers of Jesus were described ‘with fervent cries and tears’ then shouldn’t we be even more desperate in our pleadings? We need to be real instead of offering up token prayers that are meaningless to both us and the Listener. Jesus’ prayers were heard because He feared the Lord…His own flesh. Church, we need to be broken when we cry out. We need to be serious, desperate, and pleading for restoration, revival, and redemption.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Christian. Little Christ. Follower of Christ. My people who are called by My name. I don’t see a denomination name there. If you are a follower of Christ, you are His people. You cannot secede from the Kingdom or separate yourself from me, a fellow Christian.

The church is all of us who bear the name Christian. When we, the church, humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, THEN He will forgive and heal our land.

Notice what it doesn’t say there. It doesn’t say “When non-believers get saved, I’ll heal your land.”

Responsibility lies on the shoulders of those who are already saved. I’m ashamed. Are you? If we want to see true healing in our lands, it won’t be brought forth be any government or party. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, donkey or elephant, or just separating yourself from all of it…your politics won’t heal our lands.

Only God can heal our lands. He’s waiting on His people to respond. To act. To do something shocking and drastic in order to bring about change. He’s waiting on us, the Christians, to stop worrying about being “right” and to get right. Humble, on our knees, seeking Him, and purposefully turning from our wicked ways so that He can forgive us and heal our lands.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Nice post actually. But just FYI, there is no god. Only thousands of dead gods. LOL. Yours is just the latest casualty.

    Reply

  2. Anonymous~Thank you for taking the time to read my post & leave a comment. I appreciate your feedback.

    I am, however, saddened by your belief that my God doesn't exist. I am adding you to my prayer list. I am praying, specifically, that God will reveal Himself to you in a mighty and powerful way that will give you no opportunity to question His existence or sovereignty.

    I hope that you will continue to read my posts. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions about the scriptures or concepts I discuss.

    Reply

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