I’ve been thinking over the current events here in our country and what my attitude might be in response to these events. I have been reflecting on the broader picture from a Christian perspective, and these are some of the thoughts I’d like to share.
There are two ruling kingdoms on the earth. They are the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. The kingdom of darkness is ruled by Satan. It is a finite kingdom that will end at God’s discretion. The kingdom of light is ruled by God. God’s kingdom is eternal, it will never end. The people of the earth who have not chosen which of these kingdoms to enter are citizens of the kingdom of darkness. Many are unaware of this. Those who have received the salvation God offers through the sacrifice of Jesus his son have become members of God’s eternal kingdom. We should all be very aware of this.
The earth has many countries that have their various forms of government. These governments are ruled by humans who are often unaware of the kingdoms that rule over them. Being unaware leads them to being influenced by the kingdom of darkness. This results in a lust for power and greed. Unchecked, this lust and greed feeds on itself until all morality is lost.
For those of us who have chosen to enter God’s kingdom of light, we have been commanded as to how we should conduct ourselves. Jesus commanded us to love one another, and to go into all the world sharing the good news of his salvation. We have not been commanded to kill the non-believers, but to love and pray for our enemies and those who persecute us.
Christians should live in contrast to the kingdom of darkness. We are to be light and salt on the earth. Living in opposition to the world is not easy. Doing it on our own is impossible. We rely on God’s constant help.
Let’s pray for each other that we might all live in contrast to darkness and look to Jesus for help in bring salt and light to the earth.
Scripture references: John 15:17, Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 5:43-45, Matthew 5:13-16