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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Anticipate but Verify

Religions have a big job to do—to help overcome the tendency of man to self-destruct.  Jesus was born to save mankind.  In advent we anticipate his coming.  After anticipation, however, comes the verification.  Has Christ actually helped save mankind?  On an individual level, the answer must be “yes” as many individuals testify and evidence salvation.  But as to society as a whole, to Babylon as a whole as it were, it is more difficult to attest to salvation.  The Christian nations have their ample share of dysfunctions.  And Jesus yearned for righteousness on the societal level as he once looked down upon Jerusalem : “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:41-42, ESV).  It seems that especially nationalism gives rise to destructive pride and its sidekick blindness that block insight.  At the national level, abstractions robe gross unrighteousness in glittering garments of patriotism testifying to the fact that we must think well of ourselves.  Christianity focuses on salvation as an individual matter—it doesn’t matter if your mother and dad were saved, this does not automatically obtain to you.  You must be saved individually.  Even with this stress on the individual, we must certainly pray for a time when the spirit of the nation can be more reflective of the spirit of Christ.  We need to anticipate but verify on both an individual and societal level.

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