In my previous posts, I alluded to this truth Jesus remains our model example of a spiritually healthy person who changed and dominated in His time and quite frankly still does. Jesus understood the importance of spiritual health, hence He always made reference to “doing what He sees the Father do.” Spirituality is not about being spooky, but about being a course correcter or adjuster, a foundation examiner, one who sees the plight of humanity and is compelled by God’s love to do something about it. The Bible says, “For the love of Christ controls and compels us…” Read 2 Corinthians 5:14 (AMP).
Jesus saw our helplessness and did something about it, and in like manner, we should do the same, and I believe one of the ways to accomplish this is to be spiritually fit / healthy to accomplish God’s purpose. This is not something you and I can or would be able to fulfil in our own strength and power. I recently came across an interesting piece of journal titled, “The Political Effects of the Teaching of Jesus.” In this journal, Professor Hudson (1898) posits, “The teaching of Jesus, as men have understood it, has been one of the most potent social forces in all Centuries.” Hudson believes, “The teachings of Jesus has had and continues to be a force so constantly operative in social life; a force which cannot fail to have an effect on socio-economic, political organization and action.” In other words and plain street parlance, spiritual health is important if a nation or countries are going to develop and succeed. Judson. H. P. (1898), The Biblical World: ‘The Political Effects of the Teaching of Jesus.’ Vol. 11, No. 4 (Apr. 1898), pp. 229-238.
The Bible helps bring further clarity when it says, “When good people run things, everyone is glad, but when the ruler is bad everyone groans.” Read Proverbs 29:2 (MSG). The man or woman who is spiritually fit and healthy, when they start running things, nations, communities, systems or arms of government will have no option but to change and look out for the interests of its citizens – I think this will or can pass for a political manifesto. We are in no doubt and not blind to what we see in those in authority, the corruption, mismanagement and a breakdown in civil society.
You might be asking, why am I highlighting this? Unapologetically, the G8, G20, UN, IMF or the WTO and other organizations can’t and do not have the capacity to solve the socio-economic challenges. It will only take a spiritually healthy people to bring the much-needed change and liberation to the people who do not have an inclination of the gospel of Christ. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Read John 8:12 (AMP), and “You are the salt of the earth.” Read Matthew 5:13 (AMP). Can you see this? In this earthly realm, spiritually healthy people are the ones who will nourish the earth with their SALTINESS, you add flavour to the realms of government and politics, including the Church.
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