Where is your heart?

I am convinced many Americans (Christians included) view the government as their savior. Today, the day after Barack Obama was elected as president of the United States, many people are elated, convinced Obama is on the verge of bringing utopia to America. Others are quite concerned he is about to destroy everything America was founded to be. I’d like to offer a fresh perspective for my brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Founders Ministries blog featured a small quiz yesterday. I’d like to post it here.

  1. True/False: The day after the election Jesus will still be King.
  2. True/False: The day after the election our responsibilities as Christians will not have changed one iota.
  3. True/False: The day after the election the greatest agent for social change in America will still be winning the hearts and minds of men and women through the gospel, not legislation.
  4. crownTrue/False: The day after the election my primary citizenship will still be in this order – (1) the Kingdom of God, (2) America, not vice-versa.
  5. True/False: The day after the election the tomb will still be empty.
  6. True/False: The day after the election the cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.
  7. True/False: The day after the election our children will still be more concerned with whether or not we spend time with them than with who is President.
  8. True/False: The day after the election my neighbor will still be my neighbor, and loving him/her will still be the second greatest commandment. (Do you know the first?)
  9. True/False: The day after the election the only way to see abortion ultimately overturned will still be winning men and women to a high view of life through the gospel of Christ.
  10. True/False: The day after the election the only way to see gay marriage ultimately defeated will still be winning men and women to a biblical view of marriage through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  11. True/False: The day after the election, my retirement will still not match my treasure in Heaven.
  12. True/False: The day after the election “Jesus Is Lord” will still be the greatest truth in the Universe.
  13. True/False: The day after the election we will still know that God is in control.

And, if that was not enough to redirect your attention, perhaps this post at Pyromaniacs about the real “election day” will.

I think too many people are poised for real disappointment in the election of Obama and too many people are in the midst of disappointment because of the election of Obama — and for the exact same reason. They both have invested too much faith in government. I am reminded of a passage from Matthew…

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

If today seems like either the salvation of the world or the end of it you may want to consider whether or not you’ve misplaced your treasure — and your heart.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

3 Responses to Where is your heart?

  1. Amen and Amen!

    This world is not our home folks! Praise God for real HOPE in Christ Jesus!

  2. Mark says:

    AMEN! Great post. So true for men and look to God and our Saviour Jesus Christ!!

  3. Kristina says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

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