Most people know how the flu shot works. You basically give the person a small enough dose of the flu to cause the body to develop the antibodies to fight the flu. Our bodies are designed this way. When something bad begins to happen to it, our immune system goes to work to defend the body. That process no only defends the attack but literally makes us stronger to fight future similar attacks. Our system fights the little shot but then is prepare to fight the bigger battle should you actually catch the real virus.
Of course it’s not always perfect because other things can cause our immune system to get weaker or the particular virus we are inoculated for may vary from the virus we catch. But the principle is simple. We fight against something very short term to prepare for something more significant.
In life, we face many challenges. Some may seem very significant in the scope of our 80ish years on this planet. But in the scope of eternity, even the most significant pains of our life can be nothing when compared to human history or even eternity.
For example, the early church was significantly persecuted. In their lifetime, this was extremely painful (even deadly for many). But this persecution was necessary to drive the Christians out into other towns to spread the church. This ‘shot in the arm’ to the local church cause the larger ‘body of Christ’ to develop a survival strategy. It spread out for survival and that led to the growth of the church.
I believe there are seasons in our human history where God allows a ‘shot in the arm’ for the greater good of eternity. Paul says something in Romans that confirms this way of thinking. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Here in America we may struggle with which party is in power during a given season, but the people in Rome where dealing with a very oppressive government. The idea of subjecting themselves to such an abusive authority was unheard of. The idea that such a bad and corrupt authority may have actually been instituted by God… now that was just crazy talk. But it was true. It may have been painful for those people living through it, but it was all necessary for the bigger story that God was unfolding.
Interestingly, Paul said to be “subject” to all authorities but a few sentences later, he is even more clear. “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” (Rom 13:7) In other words, being subject to the authority may mean paying the taxes and living under their laws (or fleeing to another area and spreading the Gospel in the process) but it did not necessarily mean showing honor and respect. Paul said to respect those whom it is owed and honor those whom it is owed. But in either case, we are to be subject to the authority that God has established for that season.
As we enter the final stages of our political season here in America, many are unhappy. Both parties seem disappointed with where things are going and in either case, many will be disappointed with the end result. But in the end, God is the one who is writing this story and remember, “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom 13:1b)
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