Well, President Obama has been reelected, and now the world is really in turmoil, right? Not exactly. If we, the church, are honest with ourselves, we will admit that this country has been moving in a long downward spiral morally for many years. Disagreement with the policies of our leaders manifests how much we differ from the world around us. The results from Tuesday did not begin the downward slide for America, and political elections do not begin slides like these, although they may encourage them to move faster. The election of political leaders in America speaks more to the hearts of the people than it does to anything else. The cause of people falling further from the Lord is their own hearts. Elections reveal wants and desires. They reveal hearts. Elections reveal need.
Christ differed from the world around Him. This is not a bad thing. In Mark 11:1-33 we encounter Christ coming into Jerusalem. He did not come quietly, but rather came to the center of their religious life and began causing a raucous. He rejected the false worship of Israel, and the story of the cursed and withered fig tree (vss 12-14, 20-21) makes this clear. Christ rejected Israel’s worship of God as not fruitful. Christ came to die and gain victory over death through His resurrection because of this. Mankind is lost and not capable of fruitful worship apart from Christ.
Christ definitely disagreed with the culture around Him. What was most shocking to them is that God had rejected the religious leaders of the day. This was extremely offensive to those leaders especially when Christ refused to submit to their authority (v 33). What can we learn from Christ’s reaction to the nation of Israel in Mark 11?
- We must fight against the deceitfulness of sin! We must ask the Lord to lead us not into temptation. We must pray that he will not allow us to be deceived by sin. We must never look upon the false worship around us and call it good or participate in it.
- We must be prepared for coming turmoil. Christ tells us that we will have tribulation in this life. As the society we live in flees the Lord, we will experience more tribulation, pains, and discomfort. God does not overlook sin. He died to overcome it, but we are not promised to be fully free from the consequences of sin until we enter eternity.
- We must look forward with hope. We must never allow our hope to rest on the change brought to us through politics. Christ accomplished all we need for the future at the cross. Our hope can be only in the Lord. Do not be discouraged, but be encouraged in the Lord. He promises to not leave us, but He will return and take us from this world into the marvelous kingdom of light (John 14:1-3).
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. – John 14:1-3″