Conversation is always interesting on our teamspeak server. Sometimes it about games, movies or other items that spawn our interest at the time. It’s a Christian server its always…interesting.
One evening the topic of politics came up I’m not sure how but it did. So there was some discussion as to who should be the political leaders of our country and who should not and then somebody said something that made sense to all of us. He said “We need to stop paying our senators and presidents and everyone in the system so we can save our country and its budget.” Everyone was silent for a moment and if you listened carefully you could hear everyone nodding their head in agreement. Then someone said “It would sort out the people of genuine interest in serving their country and those that are there for the money.” “That’s not going to stop someone from being corrupt,” said another. “When our country was formed nobody got paid everyone had jobs and businesses that’s why they only worked 6 months out of the year so they could work the other 6 months to support themselves and their families,” said someone else. “But things are different now the world is more complicated then it was back then,” refuted another. “If you can’t do the job then step down and let someone else do it,” rebutted said someone. “I do not like the senator I voted for decide on an issue I do not support. None of the senators in my state take polls or asks for people opinions they just do what they think what is right without asking what we think. It’s never what the people think it’s what they, the politicians, think. That’s why I don’t like politicians,” said another. “So then you want a businessman to be a senator or president? You Crazy son. They’re going to do the same thing just say it in a different way. They’re just going to give you a sales pitch just so you would vote for them but they are not going to be any different heck they probably be worse. They’ll probably give you that sales pitch their entire term and use it for an excuse.” I quietly listened to the conversation as I remembered a phrase that we Christians like to use “We are in the world but not of it”.
14 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. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17 (NIV)
We Christians are in this world but often forget that we are not of it so we get involved in its inner workings and like any other human offer up our opinions whether anyone asks for it or not. It’s just who we are….human. Usually someone offers some biblical reference or the Holy Spirit moves in us, more like hits us in the upper arm and as we rub our upper arm, returns us to our place in our journey as Christians. Below is a link to a website about the phrase “We are in the world but not of it”. I found the article inspiring it’s a short read and I encourage any Christian to read it by the way this is my first real hyperlink. Now I am really blogging.