“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”~spoken by men who wanted to save their lives. John 11:48
“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33
“Not my will but Thine be done.” Luke 22:42
Monumental movie, pt.1
This message is a response to the video trailers for Monumental, and Cameron’s interview on the Glenn Beck show.
“I have kids in this world… and I WANT a great future for them.” ~ Kirk Cameron.
God does not want us to seek what “I want”. He does not want us to seek to save our lives; He calls us to lose our lives for His sake. We are not to seek our safety and security in this world, but only in Him. He does not want us to have one foot in the Kingdom of God and one foot in the kingdoms of this world. He does not want us to mix the Kingdom of God with the kingdoms of this world to solve national or global problems. He does not want us to operate out of fear. He does not want us to fear what man can do but to fear Him only– and entrust ourselves to Him like Jesus did. He does not call us to try to save this nation or this world but to go into all the world as His witnesses. He came to seek and save the lost. He does not want us to seek to preserve our life but to deny ourselves and die to self, like Jesus did. He does not want us to demand what “I WANT”. He wants us to be like Jesus: “Not my will but Thine be done.” Jesus did not fight for His rights. He did not fight for His country. He did not fight to secure a “great future” (physically, culturally, socially, politically, aesthetically) for His disciples. It was the Pharisees who fought to keep their place (their proud positions of religious prominence and agreement with the Roman government; their comfortable life) and their nation (their “freedom”, their safety and standing in their political geographical country)– that was their allegiance. But Jesus’ allegiance was to Truth, and to do His Father’s will. The Pharisees fought and killed the opposition, which was Jesus. Jesus fought His will and denied Himself and killed His flesh (in His temptations to sin) by the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. He put to death His flesh (His will) and He submitted Himself, trusting Himself to His Father in heaven.
God does not want us to gain the whole world and lose our own soul, due to the sins of idolatry and believing the lie. He does not want us to seek success and solutions to national problems, He wants us to seek HIM. He did not come to impose by force, His Kingship upon the nation or the world. He came to bring His Kingship rule and reign to the hearts of His people: individual disciples that He calls OUT of the world, to follow Him. He did not enforce the Dominion rule of the Law of God over society to secure “peace and safety and liberty”. He didn’t fight to keep Church and State married together or separate. He did not work to elect “godly candidates”. He did not rally the people to fight for national “liberty and morality”. He didn’t fight to impose the moral Law of God upon society. He did not fight to keep a place of position on this earth or a security and success in the worldly corrupt political nation he lived in. Jesus continually denied Himself the “I WANT.” He lived to do His Father’s will, not His own “wants”. He did not try to save His life. He humbled Himself to do the Father’s will. He entrusted Himself to His Father. He overcame His will, His flesh, His temptations, His self, in all humility, to the point of death. He did this not through the power of the flesh, the power of the will, or the power of political and religious empires. No He did this in the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
For “Monumental Movie, Pt. 2”: please scroll down in comments. It is posted as a comment on this post, on September 29, 2013.