Remember the scene in the movie where OCD Melvin (Jack Nicholson) is freaking out? He barges into his psychiatrist’s office… only to be told to leave and make an appointment like everyone else. As he retreats through a full waiting room, he turns and asks, “What if this is as good as it gets?” The gasp and the despairing looks show how frightening the question was.
As we consider the dearth of good news in the United States—or anywhere else for that matter—we can’t help asking ourselves the same question. With a gasp and a sinking feeling of despair, we concede: Yes, this is as good as it gets.
Do we have the kind of power necessary to interrupt the ebb and flow of the pantheon of nations? Pantheon means many… it also means memorial… and cemetery. We are talking here about things exclusively in God’s purview.
Do we simply brace ourselves for the darkness ahead? Is it time to band together to beat back the enemies at the gate? We will certainly recognize them… they will look exactly like we imagine them to be. This is never more evident than in a dysfunctional environment of partisan politics. However, the outcome will always be a never-ending, degenerative, vicious cycle.
We don’t live in a fantasy novel. This isn't The Lord of the Rings. We aren't on a quest marching forward and upward to victory over Sauron and all the evil forces of Mordor. There is no place of complete rest… no final resolution of conflict… no lasting peace (with us as victors, of course). We are merely being sucked into a vortex of hate and violence at the end of a dead end street.
And that is as good as it gets.
What if there is a heavenly vision to be seen and a divine call to be answered? Embracing Jesus Christ means conversion and calling all at once... conversion from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s marvelous light… a call that supersedes all other calls: to “first do no harm”… to rescue and to reconcile. Life in God’s kingdom accrues eternal meaning and eternal joy.
An ambition worthy of a lifetime! Before kings and commoners, early or late in life, to be able to boldly proclaim with the apostle Paul:
I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision (Acts 26:19)
We all need reminded at times of the big picture. Let’s set our sights on real freedom… real joy… and real mission in God’s glorious kingdom.
Being neither pretentious nor contentious, I offer you MY BOOK: ASSERTIVELY APOLITICAL. Concise… condensed… purposely divided into short chapters. Try a small bite… chew on it… then maybe try another bite. My hope is to generate a little more light than heat. I think I have Biblical support for the lines of thought I have presented.
I enjoy questions and conversation. My email address is in the opening pages of the book.
Blessings to you!
Yes...! As of July 5, 2020, my book is now available on Amazon.com.
It's a new book about an old problem: the cross and the crown… the Gospel and politics… do they mix? Should they mix?
If my words generate some reflection and healthy conversation—as in more light and less heat—I will be satisfied.
For feedback or questions, feel free to use the email link below.
Greg grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI. His ministry began in 1976: 5 years in Central America, 37 in Mexico. Church planting and discipleship have been his passion.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." -Matthew 13:44
GREG'S other BLOG
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6