Believers Need To Understand There Is No Common Ground Here

I do not want to explain myself the way I normally do — not in this post.  I simply do not trust myself to talk right now.  I am too angry and too grieved over what is happening in this nation today.  We are divided, and a house divided cannot stand.  Unfortunately, I do not see how we can mend this rift.  I hear people saying we have to try to understand the other side so we can find common ground and then come together on that common ground, but I do not see any common ground between us –not any more.  There was a time, when this was still about politics, but this is no longer about politics, or Left vs Right.  No, this has become about lawless vs lawful, good vs evil, and the two do not have any common ground.  Scripture is quite clear on this:

John 1:5-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [a]comprehend it.

A person is either in and of the light, or in and of the darkness, and those who are in and of the darkness turn Truth upside down and inside out.  They:

Isaiah 5:20-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!

I look around and I see people demanding that I believe a woman who makes charges without witnesses to support her charges, and that I condemn a man who has four witnesses refuting her claims.  This is lawlessness.  Scripture says:

2 Corinthians 13:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Examine Yourselves

13 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every [a]fact [b]is to be confirmed by the [c]testimony of two or three witnesses.

Therefore, Scripture tells me that those people demanding that I condemn Judge Kavanaugh and believe his accuser are lawless, and Scripture defines lawlessness as evil.  How do I — as a believer — find common ground with evil?  If I compromise with evil, I join myself to evil, and since evil is not and cannot be a part of the Lord, I would be alienating myself from my Savior.

But how did we — a Christian nation — get to this point?  I keep asking myself this question, but I know the answer: we got here the exact same way Israel got to the point where it was twice destroyed — first the Northern Tribes, and then the Southern.  To put it simply, we turned away from the source of all our blessings, from the very anchor of our society and foundation of our liberty — the One True Living God!

I suddenly find myself being persecuted simply because I refuse to renounce the Truth.  Honestly, I pray that you, dear reader, are experiencing the same persecution, because there is affirmation in that persecution.  If you stand for what is right and just, if you refuse to become lawless and are attacked because of it, then know that you are standing with The Logos, The Word.  This means you are in the Logos and the Logos is in you, and the world hates you because of it:

John 15:18-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Disciples’ Relation to the World

18 “If the world hates you, [a]you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

Matthew 10:22  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

Therefore, if you are hated because you will not join the rest of the world in this growing lawlessness, or because you will not replace right with wrong, good with evil, then know that the world hates you because you do not belong to the world.  You are from above.  But also know that you and I are called to endure to the end.  This means we must not back away from this fight, we just have to fight the way the Scriptures command us to fight.  Put on the full armor of the Lord, and speak the Gospel: boldly and purely and without fear.  Witness to the world through your testimony and your actions, and do so with an agape love for all.  And remember, no matter what:

Romans 12:17-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [a]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [b]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Peter 3:9-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but [a]giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For,

The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is [b]there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [c]are blessed. And do not fear their[d]intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but [e]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [f]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [g]reverence;16 [h]and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

7 thoughts on “Believers Need To Understand There Is No Common Ground Here

  1. I liked what President Trump said in his UN speech regarding rejecting the ideology of globalism and to embrace the doctrine of patriotism. Although I couldn’t find much about the Doctrine of Patriotism on the web, I think it means we need to find common ground with other Christians and like minded people who believe we are a Christian nation, under God, and not pluralists or globalists etc., and we shouldn’t try to find common ground with the slandering Left. So, I would like to see the Doctrine of Patriotism fleshed out more. You wouldn’t happen to know anything about it, would you?

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    1. Rebecca,

      I cannot defend ‘The Doctrine of Patriotism’ using Scripture unless I do so from a perspective few Christians today will understand. It IS Scriptural, it’s just that we are not taught about it because we no longer think this way.

      To the extent that we can defend anything even close to the thing we call ‘patriotism,’ it can only be justified in connection to the Princes God put over the nations when He divided them. And then, there is no justification for ‘patriotism’ as we understand it. What there would be is an allegiance to the god of that nation (yes, the Bible actually refers to lesser gods as real — only they are not God like the Most High, but elohim, as in Spiritual beings given authority by The Most High). In this way, one would be loyal to their nation and to whatever god is over your nation. In the case of Israel and the U.S., this would be Yahweh. And, in the case of Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom — which is without borders — it would be Yahweh (through Jesus).

      I know this is probably not what you were looking for, and it may even leave you questioning my understanding of Scripture (if I have time, though, I can defend all of what I said). But this is the best I can do because, aside from this, Scripture simply does not speak to love of nation for the sake of the nation. Sorry.

      B3A

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      1. On a website I looked at, it compared loving Christian nations to the nation of Israel in the O.T., and that caused love of country. Also, there are three types of governance, the family, the church, and the government (national, regional) which we are to be involved in. I’m not sure where that is in the Bible, but most Christians in the past, including at the time of the American Revolution, believed in some sort of doctrine of patriotism, or at least being patriotic and took sides in war and participated in governance during peace and in war. We have had chaplains in the military since the Revolution, and most likely before. Christians are for their country and of course the Kingdom of God. Not being patriotic is not coming from a change of heart in Christians, but from outside forces. Marxists have an opposite version of patriotism which is what we hear about today and can look up on the web. So among others, we’ve had our Revolutionary Founders believing in patriotism, and now you’re saying this is not justified as we no longer think this way. Christians who believe in the doctrine of patriotism think this is precisely why we have problems with our government today. At least this is what I’ve found with research. Captain Udell Myers does a great job of explaining Christian patriotism.

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      2. First, I do not entirely disagree with you or this idea in general. It could be I just see it in a different way (same church, different pew 🙂 ). Let me look into this and get back to you 🙂

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