We were having a conversation which turned quite political and touched on human rights, fairness, apartheid, and all the accompanying issues. Someone was saying that people who never had power over others also want to experience it and the racial roles of the past need to be reversed, and that there needs to be revenge. Obviously it was a conversation which could be held in perpetuity and no solution will be found. What people don’t seem to understand is that all pain stems from the heart and the more people concentrate on hurts of the past, and in this case, perceived hurts. It was a young person who had never experienced apartheid who was repeating what had been told to him, and what the politicians are saying.
I told him that if I was given five hundred million dollars, and I wasn’t spiritually free, it wouldn’t even help me one little bit. If I don’t have Jesus in my heart, and if I am not free from bondage money and possessions is not going to help me feel better about myself or my circumstances. Earthly possessions are not the answer that the world is seeking. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only answer. It is the only thing that can make a difference. When Jesus was born the Roman appointed king of Judea was Herod the great and he killed the baby boys born in Bethlehem in an attempt to kill Jesus. He was a tyrant. Then there was the next Herod who was in charge when Jesus was crucified. He allowed an innocent man to be killed. It was hardly an example of a fair government. The Jews lived under Roman oppression, yet Jesus did not fight the rulers or the system of the time. He came to give the world the one thing that every human being craves above all else and that is spiritual and emotional freedom.
We have to understand that no matter what is happening here on earth it is and will only be temporary. The one thing we can be sure of is that things are always going to change. Sometimes change is for better and sometimes it is for worse, but nothing ever stays the same. Whether our circumstances change, or whether we die and move away from our earthly dwelling, we can be very sure of change.
In the Bible there are many verses which refer to people who mourn. You are very sad when you mourn and Jesus came for people who mourn and who are broken hearted.
Isaiah 61:3, To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Matthew 5:3-10, Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Beatitudes tell exactly who Jesus came to earth for. People with broken hearts, people with pain and people who are longing to experience freedom. Jesus knew that freedom in your heart is so much more important than physical freedom. Paul wrote such inspirational letters when he was in chains in prison. He didn’t lament the fact that he was unfairly detained. He rejoiced in the freedom that he had in Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:37-39, Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As far as I am concerned Jesus and the Gospel He brought is the answer and that is what we as Christians are called to declare to the world. If we want to live in a country that is pleasant and safe we need to start doing what we have been called to do.