It’s amazing how much theology affects life. And so many people do not even realize it.
Liberation theology has contributed so much to the philosophy we are seeing executed in our government today- a government of endless payouts, subsides, and entitlements. Also a government that sees taxing the wealthy as virtuous, comparing themselves to Robin Hood just recently, and declaring in the not-too-distant past that, if you have a business that is successful, “You didn’t build that!”
These statements are influenced by a theology that interprets the Bible as showing God having a preference for the poor.” Jesus was born poor and wants us all to be poor… or at least equal.” As a result, anything that elevates the stature of the poor, or brings down people who are not poor, is right. Additionally, it is a philosophy that emphasizes the collective and denigrates personal responsibility.
Well, I don’t subscribe to this theology. I believe God has a preference for the righteous- those who have become sons and daughters of God. He bestows His Spirit on them, and in an instant justifies them as though they had never sinned, sanctifies them from all unrighteousness, and makes them holy. I’m glad I’m one of them!
The Heroes of Faith in chapter 11 always gets me- “They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground,” it says in Hebrews 11:38.
The writer encouraged the believers:
Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. (Hebrews 10:32-34 NLT)
Are you ready for suffering? Will you stand in the evil day? Or will you be offended and walk away? People who are impoverished and suffering want an explanation. I only have an invitation. Come meet the One who can tell you more about you than you know about yourself. And rely on Him who can provide you better things, eternal things, who will soon scoop you out of this world and put you in a place of eternal peace and rest.
How do you join the ranks of the Redeemed?
Its found in Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (KJV). Repentence, turning away from sin and toward Jesus, is still necessary. Water baptism by immersion is the only way demonstrated in the scripture to be buried with Jesus. And the Spirit of Jesus will make your life His home; He is a free gift to those who obey. This is testified of throughout the Word of God.
so, I truly believe that we should take our focus off of what God can do for us here and now, and focus on how we can be faithful to Him so he can take us to the Great There and Then!