As has been the case for the past four months or so, these Tune-ups have been more of a collaboration than my own individual drawing from the well. The Deplorable Brothers might be a suitable name for us in the business world…if it were earthly treasures we were laying up. One in the middle, and the other two on opposite sides of our country, we are bound by love of God and Country. The fact of the matter is that being true to who we are has cost each of us in earthly treasure. Our Prayer & Fast Wednesdays is our petition to the Almighty from those here below stranded in a lost world, on a continent that grows darker by the moment. This week’s beckoning came from our brother’s accountability group on the West Coast:
An Eternal Perspective
In the movie Gladiator, General Maximus Decimus Meridius seeks to stir his cavalry to fight well in the imminent battle against Germania. Addressing his troops, he challenges them to give their very best. He makes this profound statement: “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
These words from a fictional military leader convey a powerful concept that is of particular significance to believers in Christ. We are not just taking up time and space on a rock that’s floating in the universe. We are here with the opportunity to make an eternal difference with our lives.
Jesus Himself said, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:20). Having the perspective of living for eternity can make all the difference in this world. How can we learn to set our minds “on things above”? (Col. 3:2). A good way to begin is to discover what our eternal God values. Throughout the pages of the Bible, He reminds us that He values people above possessions and our character above our performance. Those are the truths that last forever. Embracing them can bring an eternal perspective to our daily living. —BC
What is your purpose for living?
Mind you, the message above from my west coast brother was received this past Monday evening, giving birth to our Prayer & Fast Wednesday Focus on our Mat. 6:20 Higher Purpose. And don’t you know that very Wednesday finds me in a room with 400 Christians listening to one of the few men in the world (NASA Astronaut Col. Jeffrey N. Williams) who has seen our “rock that’s floating in the universe” from God’s perspective…elevating the following passage in his mind’s eye. He stretches out the north over the void, and hangs the earth upon nothing. ~ Job 26:7 as his favorite scripture. For he has seen with his own eyes, as he shares, “There are no strings.”
Now I share with you, in the starkest contrast, in the instant of my focus on the heavens, I get this tug from below. A “Progressive” member of REAL Warwick had messaged me wanting to know how the Equality Act would affect me as a Christian. This was her reply to me after I told her I was at a prayer breakfast and would respond later. While you are getting your Jesus on. Read what he thinks about refugees, poor and marginalized people like Mary Magdalene. Read what he says about judgment and loving your neighbor. Read about forgiveness. Jesus covered it all. I don’t know…is it possible to go lower than to use God to further the ideology that rejects God?
It breaks my heart to know men and women I love who cling to the middle feigning impartiality, knowing the truth…yet fearful of siding with her should the lie win the day. I cringe to imagine that echo…
So you ride yourselves over the fields
And you make all your animal deals
And your wise men don’t know how it feels
To be thick as a brick
And the sand castle virtues are all swept away
In the tidal destruction, the moral melee
The elastic retreat rings the close of play
As the last wave uncovers the newfangled way
In Gladiator the lie took the form of Commodus who killed his own father to steal the power that was meant for Maximus. The same exact struggle for power between truth and lie plays out now. The lie is using our tax dollars and technology to enslave us, while one man fights with all he has to save the Republic. And the people love him for it…just as they loved Maximus.
From a Catholic perspective, Ann writes of the higher purpose of loving the man who ran from the Chair for fear of the wolves in Empathy, and follows with the sad example of how most men deal with truth, which is to say they don’t. Relying instead on the cowardly ploy of Reductio Ab Absurdum as their way out. Again, I cringe to imagine that echo…for all eternity.
THE way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below. ~ Proverbs 15:24