Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Intentional Stewardship


By Joel Grewe

I believe that one of the most tragic failures of American citizens in the past century was the choice to forget that America is governed by the choices of her citizens.  It seems that Christians no longer look at our government as a stewardship, but instead as a resource we can exploit or a thug we should avoid.  We, as Christians, have decided that politics are dirty, corrupt, and dangerous; and have thus abandoned it unless we felt that we were in immediate danger.  Yet, it has not always been this way.

We used to view the government of our country as a stewardship.  America is a resource that can be shaped and guided so that it is used wisely. It is often assumed that we, as Christians, are to remove ourselves from the political field because it has a corrupting influence and Christians are not specifically called to political activity.  Yet if we, as Christians, remove ourselves from the political field what stops a corruptible system from maximizing its corruption?  God has given us a nation that needs a moral bulwark to steward our government and when we abandon that responsibility it is logical that our nations moral fiber will disintegrate. 

Over the past 30 years Christians have begun to realize this. They have remembered the truth in Esther 4:14: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”  God has placed us in a nation where we have a say in how it acts.  It is incumbent upon us to use our voice and to use it wisely. 

God doesn’t make mistakes.  He has placed all of us in a certain position “for such a time as this.”  He has given us an ability to make an impact on our nation.  For some of us, that may be small: our families, a few friends, maybe a friendship with a city councilman.  For others, we may have an ability to influence thousands.  Regardless of our situation, I believe that we must choose whether or not to make an impact where God has placed us.  We must realize we can make a difference and be willing to face opposition when we do what is right.

Making a godly impact for what is right doesn’t start with defending the sanctity of life or supporting pro-family candidates.  It starts with the choices we make in our own lives, regardless of how small or boring they may seem.  We must strive to be people of integrity.  Out of that integrity, springs the character needed to fight the big battles and resolutely stand for what is right.

- Mr. G

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