This world is not my home

Isis killings. Gay marriage. Abortion on demand. Filth and corruption. Elevation of Islam

and denigration of Christianity. We are in terribly depressing and desperate times. We see the

declining status of morals in the world and also in our beloved country. But in the midst of all of

this turmoil, I see many who are getting fired up and who are very desirous of saving the country

and the values that this generation has seen squandered.

As I watch events play out, I can honestly say that I am a proud, patriotic American. As I

see hopeful signs amid the tumult, I have a grand desire to see smaller government and a stronger

moral compass restored to us. I feel a desperation and a longing inside to see us succeed at

beating back the forces of evil and corruption and seeing goodness prevail. But I need to remind

myself the same thing I want to remind all other Christians, THIS WORLD IS NOT MY

HOME! As the song says, “I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up, somewhere

beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this

world anymore.”

It would be great if I didn’t need constant reminding. I wish that I didn’t care as much as

I do about politics and world events, because they mark the passing of a government of man to

the governance of God. You and I, we Christians, are citizens of Heaven, God’s country. In

apprehension, as our country reels in turmoil and pain, we should stand in anticipation of a place

and country where NONE OF THIS will be an issue. We won’t be worried about evil people

having all the power and none of the accountability, about the innocent being shut out of what is

rightfully theirs, about ANY of the things we see here! We should take Paul’s warning to heart,

“But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on both those who have

wives should be as though they had none; and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and

those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not

possess; and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of

this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31).

He tells us not to be distracted by any of the things that are important to us. We should

have as our first goal loving and pleasing God and enduring whatever comes to do so. All else is

cast aside in this endeavor. Just imagine what would happen if all Christians lived with the same

fervency about our true country, Heaven, as they did as Americans. Just imagine…

~John Fields

Hillsboro church of Christ, El Dorado, AR