A song made popular by pop artist Billy Joel in 1989 touts, “We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the world’s been turning. We didn’t start the fire, no, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it.” The lunacy which exists in our world today is blamed on a variety of things: the latest presidential exchange, economic unrest, political upheaval, societal injustices, and abuses of substances, policies and aid programs. So many seem to have a finger pointed at something. Somebody; someone has to be blamed for all the craziness. Far too often we wrap ourselves up in the kingdom of this world and lose sight of the Kingdom of God. Dallas Willard asks a poignant question: “why did early believers believe what they did? Was it because they HAD to? Was it because if they didn’t they would be doing something wrong or bad? NO! They concluded that they would have been fools to disregard it! THAT was the basis of their conversion.” While it’s true that our world is in utter confusion, to blame that confusion on one person is absurd. Through the media, the “fire” of fear is spread by biased journalist who douse our minds with bizarre quotes which lead to societal unrest and concern. It’s in times like these that we must remember who we are and WHOSE we are! Our life as God’s people doesn’t consist of us immersing ourselves in the kingdom of this world. This is Satan’s domain! Our life as God’s people should consist of us allowing the light of Christ to burn in us brightly. If you see our current political administration as those who are out to destroy the lives of innocent American citizens, go back to when David was King of Israel. Because of his lust, lies and corruption, Israel went through intense political unrest. When Judah was exiled to Babylon or Israel to Assyria did it change the fact that they were God’s people called to do God’s bidding? No! It’s far easier to point a finger than it is to look in a mirror. Why are things unfolding as they are? Could it be that our Loving God doesn’t want us to have attachments to this world as much as we do?
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.