A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-26-19
What’s Happening: “Not only has Russia invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine, annexing it in 2014 (Eastern Ukraine is now in a war that has so far claimed 13, 000 lives), but it now offers to expedite claims for Russian citizenship rights for Crimeans. Although president-elect TV comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has called for international sanctions against Russia for its recent moves, Putin has offered to give fast-track process to applications for new passports, saying that applicants should not be restricted in their movements (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-anger-russia-eases-citizenship-rules-east-ukraine-165432712.html). ‘This is another clear confirmation for the world of Russia’s real role as an aggressor state, waging war against Ukraine,’ Zelensky’s press service said.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Big deal! Do you think Crimeans really care? They just want to go abroad for vacation.”
Biblical Response: “Can’t blame them for wanting to be as far away as possible from the chaos and death. But citizenship does matter. The Crimeans may not care which country issues them a passport…but they should. Citizenship comes with an oath of allegiance. To swear their allegiance to an invading power means they are in favor of that invasion. Are they? There’s a lot that comes with citizenship.
It’s kind of like the enemy’s invasion of the church. Although the Church has been promised to prevail (Matt. 16:18), those invaded are free to switch sides (of course, it may prove they were the enemy’s citizens in the hearts all along). Folks that are invaded may not recall signing up for anything, but by NOT signing up, they signed up. That’s called default citizenship.”
“Christians? Oh, we believe in the concept of default citizenship. Just like your parentage can determine your citizenship, we were citizens of heaven under Adam and Eve…before the fall (Gen. 3). Now, since they’ve switched allegiances, so do we – by default – until we decide to become apart again of our original heritage by making Jesus the Lord of our lives (Phil. 3:20).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to realize in whose kingdom we are…and in Whose kingdom we should be. We certainly want to be on the winning side; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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