You Weren’t Alive until Christ. Instructions and Instructions.
“Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Colossians 4:4-6 (NIV)
In December 1998, just a month before my 11th birthday, I learned what the word “impeach” meant. Congress met in order to discuss allegations that President Bill Clinton had committed perjury when denying a sexual relationship with a White House employee in front of a Grand Jury. I was 11, so I didn’t really know what most of those words meant, but I knew the word “impeach.” And I knew why Bill Clinton was certain to have that word thrown down on him.
Because he was the antichrist.
He wasn’t, or at least, no evidence now points to the fact that he was (or is). But growing up, I heard several adults make that assertion. They believed that we were living the end times, and God had sent this charismatic asshole down to Earth to lead us into ultimate destruction. I don’t find it all too surprising in retrospect; most democrats were believed to have come straight from the devil.
Anyway, this idea that Bill Clinton might be the antichrist led a great many Christians to push for his removal from office. They wanted him gone, stripped of all power, so that he might not enact his antichrist-ly ways. In fact, I had heard this rhetoric before – that we can’t allow the United Nations too much power, for the Bible warned of a one-world government – that any electronic banking was evil, akin to the “mark of the beast” – that sweeping currencies like the Euro must be stopped, since a sign of the end times was one world currency.
But that rattled my logical brain. I remember asking one of these conspiracy-led adults – “If God is going to end the world at some point – with an antichrist, one government, one currency – then why do Christians actively fight it?” Their answer was something like, “Oh yeah…” and then the subject was changed.
There seems to be a dissonance in the Christian community about what we are intended to fight. I have mentioned often the conservative push to change laws that reflect “what God wants,” and after nearly 11 months of reading the Bible, I cannot find any evidence that we are called to such big picture action.
Because everything – and I mean everything – in the Bible is about person-to-person relations.
In the latter half of Colossians, Paul gives Christians plenty of advice on how to live amongst one another.
We ought to rid ourselves of anger, malice, etc.
Be kind to your fathers, wives, etc.
Be watchful and thankful with one another, etc.
I don’t know. This is all small picture stuff. This is about how we are meant to live day-to-day within the personal relationships we have. No talks of overthrowing a one-world government or stopping the antichrist from rising to power or even getting gays to stop marrying.
I want to live small picture.