It’s a sad fact that many Christians never vote or become informed in even their local politics. Perhaps it is that aloofness and lack of involvement by moral, God fearing folks that has allowed for the current state of affairs in our culture.
When our world seems to be spinning out of control, with fresh disasters and outrages confronting us daily, it is a temptation to withdraw from the news and narrow our focus. We hope that if we ignore the chaos and mind our own business, all the bad stuff will go away.
Christians sometimes support this attitude by saying, “God is in control,” and quoting Romans 8:28 which assures us that God works all things out for good. We also assure ourselves that we are doing all we can do by praying fervently for His will to be done.
Never dismiss the power and efficacy of prayer, but the Scriptures are filled with examples of God working out His will and answering prayers most wonderfully when the one praying is available to be used as part of the answer.
Another Biblical justification for looking away from unpleasant current events is found in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.Philippians 4:8
How can we concentrate on truth and loveliness when confronted with corruption and violence? So we put on blinders and limit our vision to our own personal concerns. On the other hand, how can we know what to pray and how to make ourselves available for God’s use in helping others, both near and far, if we don’t become aware of the need?
In order to fulfill our mission as Christ’s body and be salt and light in the world, we must learn what’s going on outside our own homes and church walls. We must lift our eyes and look out beyond ourselves.
In a battle, the soldier who closes his eyes so he can’t see the enemy is no help to his fellows and doesn’t last long. That is true in our spiritual battles, as well.
Open your eyes. Look up and look out and see clearly where you are needed.