Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Many Russian Christians gave their lives because they were Christians. Some were born and died never knowing anything about religious or political freedom. The same could be said about a host of Chinese Christians, as well as other countries that do not tolerate Christianity. Thousands and millions know nothing of religious and/or political freedom…yet they still carry the torch of Christ forward. I contend that the advancement of God’s kingdom has nothing to do with the political situation being positive; it has everything to do with our own spiritual situation. Maybe our focus has been wrong. Maybe we have focused more on the political and less on the spiritual. Could it possibly be that our concept of Christianity and politics is convoluted? My Russian and Chinese brothers and sisters have been a wonderful blessing and encouragement to me. During times of trouble, I am encouraged by these words, “If my brothers in Russia can make it, so can I.” God help me!  ~DH~


The Dickinsons said...

Excellent, Daryl! Thank you.
We know that the powers that be are ordained of God. So regardless of current political events, we know that God is has set up the rulers which will best usher in HIS kingdom. And God doesn't use only one certain party to do it. Lest I find myself fighting against who God wants in power, I don't want to spend too much energy cheering and striving to advance mere earthly kingdoms which must be shaken. For time spent like this might be at the expense of neglecting God's kingdom work. For God is building up His Kingdom to take the place of the present ones which must fall first. A lot of cracks are appearing in these present earthly empires, so look up for our redemption draweth nigh. The Biblical heroes of the faith considered themselves foreigners and sojourners in this world and looked for a city whose builder and maker is God. So we of like faith are just-a-pass'n through. I'm very grateful for my dear national heritage, but I know that greater things are coming, so I dare not spend too much time a frett'n at the changes that must happen to bring these greater things to pass. Maranatha! "COME, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20)
Love you all,

The Dickinsons said...

Very good, Daryl. Thank you for the encouragement!

Blessings to you and your family. How we love and miss y'all!
~Heather and family~