John Bunyan, famously the author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” in his “Dying Sayings,” says, “Nothing more hinders a soul from coming to Christ, than a vain love of the world; and till a soul is freed from it, it can never have a true love for God.”
Love of the world is a strange affliction for a Christian. It is a disease of the mind and heart, the very principles of which are so entirely other than and foreign to the edicts and mandates of our sacred text, that we ought to be inoculated to it. But, though we are eternal beings with a home in Heaven, we remain trapped in this suit of flesh. While we are bound by its boundaries, we will have to fight against this disease personally and look on as the world is ravaged by its effects.
Ecclesiastes 5:8-11 gives clear insight as to the global pandemic of greedy politics and corruption. “Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. Even the king milks the land for his own profit! Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth–except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! (NLT)
We see it in our beautiful America. We see it in our beloved Haiti. Power always breeds corruption. Corruption always leads to the suffering of the people. It is far better to continue as a pilgrim passing through this land than to put too much stock on political entities and systems. Far better to sojourn after Jesus than to attempt in vain to build lasting castles on shifting sands.
The spiritual pandemic of corrupt politics, greed, people motivated by power, that robs the pilgrim follow of Jesus from nothing unless he lets it. “Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:21 NLT) Let go of the love of this world. Tough times will break us or push us closer to true power in Christ!
I love the Haitian Creole proverb that says, “Nan move pa, kabrit trenen bef.” In a rough spot the goat drags the ox! In other words, in tough times the, the weak become strong.
That strength, for the follower of Jesus, doesn’t come from grabbing more of the world. It comes from letting go of our love for the world and clinging to one another and Christ.
God loves you today and you are not alone. We are one in Christ – travelers, pilgrims, on this lonely but beautiful sojourn through this world on our way to our actual home. Cultivate love for Heaven and let go of this world. Peace is held in open hands that are not clung to the world…