Challenge Mindsets, Build Community, Move People to Action
Can a Generation trust God to make the world a better place? Or is it up to us?
God isn’t into politics, but God is way into good government.
If Jesus told a woman to stop sinning, then shouldn’t/can’t we tell others to stop sinning, too?
What must I do to be a really, really good Christian in today’s evil world?
who was this man’s true neighbor? It was clearly the people willing to sacrifice to take care of the man
I recently wrote an article about being “of the right spirit (mindset.)” You can read about this political spirit here.
This article describes ways to know if one has partnered with a mindset not exactly from heaven. Here are some indicators that one might be living trapped in a religious/partisan mindset:
In the Bible, Jesus was extremely negative about religious leaders who were driven by a believe that God’s purpose for their time was to restore their country to its former greatness. The Roman government had tyrannized Israel and the people of Israel were rightly dismayed but wrongly believed it was God’s goal to overthrow Rome. In the mistaken belief, the religious leaders gave themselves permission to impose heavy rules on the people and to withhold God’s grace from them.
This mindset can compare closely with today’s evangelical mindset that believes the appropriate laws to impose biblical beliefs in America will again restore America to some past, perceived former ideal of being a “Christian Nation.” To this end, Christian have justified an “ends justifies the means” mindset and has given permission for a lack of empathy to the poor and marginalized. Were Jesus on earth today, I think some more tables might be overturned in our churches.
I believe God’s heart is for a repentance to come on his followers. This repentance – or changing of our mindset – will enable God followers to fully participate in a powerful, positive transformation of our cities and the correction of systematic injustice that has plagued our government and civic systems for decades.
We need scales to fall from our eyes so that we can see and hear the true possibilities of what God has in store for us in this moment in history. His promises are too sweet, to trade them in for political victories. And, in the end, we will see what we’ve desired to see anyway – families and relationships restored, a better life for future generations and a peace to come for our state and country. I swear, it’s in the Bible and it’s worth a try. The other way simply isn’t working out.
It seems today Christians might not know the “Spirit we are of.”