Religion and Politics
It has been awhile since I have written anything. I'm still processing a lot that has happened. I still wish that life had not ended up as it has. Those moments make it challenging for me to know what to write, or if I do write it, that it doesn't come across angry.
I don't want to live like the world lives... and yet I see more and more followers of Christ doing this. People desiring money, fame, love and acceptance in ways that the world does. They will lose family and friends for these reasons - and make it sound like it is all because of God.
So what does all of this have to do with religion and politics?
Back when Constantine divided the followers of Christ and forced them to begin following his ideals instead of Torah, religion and politics began to become connected. It actually probable happened a lot before that as well, but for sure when Constantine said no to Torah and forced his ideology on people, things began to change more. No amount of "separation of church and state" could stop it at that point. There are countries who have a "state church" that is the "religion of the country." The US may not have this, but the fact that all church are "non-profit" and have to have a governmental status for this - shouldn't that say something about religion and politics?
I used to think that this was all okay. Not anymore. Religion has put itself in a box, and needs the government to survive.
Friends - God never wanted religion. God wanted RELATIONSHIP. God's desire was to have a FRIENDSHIP with those who TRUST HIM with their whole heart.
It is time we get back to the basics and follow a RELATIONSHIP with Him. We can make a difference simply by loving those around us and taking care of them. Family and friends. We may not always agree, but we can listen and care.
and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.
He told him, “‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ This is the greatest and most important mitzvah. And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”
Take time today to stop and have a RELATIONSHIP with your Creator. LISTEN to what HE says. Not what the world is saying. Not what those around you are saying. It is time we let the noise around us dim and focus on HIM.
Love and blessings,