Loving through the differences

I have a dear friend whom I have been debating, or that’s not really the right word. I’d say, discussing different takes on the present political situation. He is strongly opposed to the current administration, even comparing it somewhat to the Nazi situation early on in Germany. He marches in anti-war and administration rallies, wears pins, etc. to express his dismay, disgust and antagonism over what he sees as a very real threat.

There was a time when I was extra-political. There are some issues that set me aflame with passion to the point of wanting to break something. I have not, nor will I. I made a decision many years ago that I would spend the rest of my days preaching this Gospel, this Good, very Good News to the world. I know some are called to get involved poiltically. I mean, I do my service. I read, study the issues in light of scripture, and I vote. Sometimes I write letters to people to try and enlighten them, or at least get them to see another side of the issue. But for me, there is nothing more important or life changing than the Kingdom of God. A political reformation may indeed be good, and what we need, but only a heart reformation will ever truly change us to the point of what we all long for.

Our systems cannot be redeemed, but our lives can be, and our hearts can too. As long as evil reigns in the hearts of men and women there will always be a propensity to hurt one another. The power of the Kingdom reign, Jesus’ dealing with that evil is the only hope we have, not another law, another candidate, another political party. One side wars with weapons and the other wars with words.

May your Kingdom come on the earth as it is in heaven, Lord – sooner would be better!

About Tim Holt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Retired January 2021. Pastor to surfers, friends, pastors, etc.
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