In the World, But Not Of the World

What does it mean to be in the world, but not of the world? We are here. We have work to do. Love God and Love people. Make disciples of all nations. But we must understand that we have an enemy whose goal is to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10), and also to bring general confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) to keep us from our goals. Therefore, we must guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) as well as be wise as serpents and as gentle as doves (Matthew 10:16).

As a Christian and as an American citizen, it is important that I say this because I still live in this world and desire to seek justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our Great and Mighty God (Micah 6:8). Any governmental system can be corrupted, as we can see the injustice in our world increasing as the value of human life in minimized, families are destroyed, people are confused about who God made them to be, rapists and murderers who are here illegally are being set free and financially supported by so called "sanctuary" cities with taxpayer dollars, human trafficking is rampant, churches are told to be silent, people who speak out are silenced and government officials are getting away, Scott free, for crimes you and I would be put in prison for in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately, many are shamefully ignorant of our laws in general, due to substandard educational practices that seem to be intended on keeping them that way. Please understand, this is not about taking a certain political position. It is about decent truth and justice, period.

It is up to us to preserve what we have been given and it is debatable to some as to whether or not our United States Constitution was written and based on Judeo/Christian principles, but it is closer to being Biblically based than any other modern governmental system that I know of. And God is true to His Word, that if we truly follow Him He will preserve this great gift of sanctuary for us, but if we do not, He will not.


National sovereignty, border, walls and all are part of that preservation. A sanctuary is supposed to be a place of safety, for the redeemed righteous and the humble and for those who are willing to comply with our laws, otherwise it is not a place of safety, but a place of chaos. Non admittance, removal, prisons and, under some circumstances, death  are for those who insist on continuing in unrepentant lawlessness. There is nothing unbiblical about having a wall and entering through a gate. Heaven has a narrow one whose name is Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:13-14).

King Asa of Judah was careful to obey the Lord and after removing all of the idols and enforcing God's laws, God allowed them to build walls around the city and to live in relative peace and easily defeat attacking enemies for about 36 years (2 Chronicles 14-15). God helped Nehemiah and others to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem for those Jews returning from Babylonian captivity. The opposition was so fierce that as they worked with one hand they had to have a sword in the other hand to fight with. (Nehemiah) The New Jerusalem (Revelation 21) will have a high wall with 12 gates, and only those who conquer evil will be allowed to enter (Revelation 21:7-8).

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others. It is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (this is not speaking of acquitting criminals of crime). Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~1 Corinthians 13:4-7

It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent. ~Proverbs 18:5  It is an abomination. (Proverbs 17:15) Jesus came so that we might have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

And even if by some unfortunate turn of events, our laws begin to conform to the world's standards or justice continues to be twisted, partiality continues to be shown to some and officials continue to accept bribes (Deuteronomy 16:19), we are not to conform (Romans 12:2), but to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). So we continue to speak truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), defend the oppressed, the orphans and the widows (Isaiah 1:17), know that we are blessed when we are insulted and persecuted for the sake of Yeshua (Matthew 5:11-12), and that by doing right, the ignorance of foolish men will be silenced (1 Peter 2:15), and our warnings to the wicked will save their souls as well as our own (Ezekiel 3:18-20).

The world (Beast) system which promotes world government and open borders is not concerned with biblical principles and in many cases is against them (anti-Christ), calling evil good and good evil. Understand that until the Lord returns bringing the only true world peace, there will be some level of corruption, but if we allow it to flourish without standing firm against it, in the Lord, then we will be held accountable. All nations will be judged (Matthew 25:32) on their treatment of God and His people, Jew and Gentile, and individuals will be judged on their treatment of those weaker than themselves (Matthew 18:6-10). Continue to pray diligently for our nation and for our world.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~1 Peter 5:8

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