H/T to Justin Hiebert for highlighting this video in his dicussion on war and peace. Bruxy, I feel, sets an interesting perspective on the whole idea of being “tourists” and “ambassadors” in the nation where we reside. Give it a watch/listen.
While Justin focuses in his blog on the implications of war and peace (and Bruxy Cavey does as well), the implications are much broader even. Any number of things can be pointed out about how the state tries to do good by legislating power from above. Good on them for seeing needs and trying to meet them!
But the church acts differently, by serving from below, by meeting needs, not by dictating and legislating, but by loving and submitting to those who are in desparate need.
Bruxy makes a very pithy commentary. As “tourists” in the foreign nation (USA, Canada, UK, Russia, etc.), we want to participate in society and make the place better than when we got there. But as “tourists”, there are things that citizens of that nation are required to do that are not expected of us. Wisdom is knowing the difference between what is required of you by the “Heavenly” Kingdom and what things are those things of the earthly nation.