Be In It But Not Of It

In the article I posted last night, Lions, I discussed why we shouldn’t base our sense of security on the condition of our country. I wrote that “those who remember the past are condemned to watch others repeat it,” and compared human government to a car with a known, explosive design flaw. I advised you to place your foundation squarely on God through Jesus Christ, because in Him lies the only stable thing.

However, I recognized that my article had its own design flaw – or, perhaps more accurately, a few parts weren’t included (like the steering wheel, maybe). There is a second part to the story.

Following the car metaphor, human government, historically speaking, is like a car that’s condemned to burst into flames after driving a few thousand miles. Although I can say that we need to put our faith and security in Jesus Christ (absolutely true) and although you can do that, it doesn’t change the reality that, as much as we put our faith in Christ, we’re still in the world. We still live under one of these human governments. We’re still human. We’re still here.

So what do we do?

In the Gospel according to John, the apostle documents a time when Jesus prayed to God regarding the disciples.

I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. – John 17:14-18

This applies to all of us.

Pastor Christine Caine delivers a sermon about how we can’t run away from the world, even though it’s bound to fail in catastrophe.


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