Dan Quayle (b. 1947), vice president of the United States declared, “I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty for all who believe.” Quayle certainly made his pledge against sin, fallacies, idolatrous pride, and fear. Like Christians he could now approach God and seek his friendship, for he knows that obeying his laws are of paramount importance. He accepts God’s freedom and privileges. Christians like Quayle are continuing to do good deeds. They are spreading good seeds even after the storms of life.
Mankind is born with the proclivity to sin. Our lives have marks of evil, pride, display of personal power, and we aren’t humble. But it’s right to change our behavior to a childlike trust in the supreme being of Jesus Christ. It’s beneficial to participate in communal prayer and listen to the tick-tack of our consciences. In word and action we must be contemplatives. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and Civil Rights leader said, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” By prayer and the working of the Holy Spirit, believers should pursue higher goals in their lives.
Transformation of Hearts
William Gaddis, Jr. (1922–1998), a novelist remarked, “Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power.” That’s why leaders and followers alike ought to turn away from the corrupting nature of their hearts that are evil. It was sin which led to the first humans’ downfall when their actions betrayed their trust of God. Let us reform our hearts by daily prayer and not be blind to the truth of the Word. Further, accept Christ’s expiation of our sins and feed on his teachings. On our journey toward heaven it’s inevitable we’ll face tests. You should embrace setbacks boldly and let your faith grow. Do away with the desire to live sensually and be steadfast in your Christian walk.
The Bible says our hearts are filled with lustful desires. These conditions eat away at the good in us. In reading Scripture we’re distracted by fallen angels, transgressions, and evil that doesn’t enthrone God. To counter these defects let us be athletes of the living God. Let us dedicate ourselves to the faith and persevere in the race. Be Christian models in our churches. It’s wise to remember that almost everything we’re bound to make errors in judgment. Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974), a Polish-Jewish and British author wrote, “No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.” Bronowski held a different perspective of power than Gaddis. But an important way of thinking about power is that, leaders who wield it, have to be wise about how it’s used.
Our goals in life must be what Quayle said earlier. It’s about allegiance to Jesus Christ – not just any allegiance, but a holy one. This hope for our life could only be found through the Cross of Calvary. With such beliefs lie redemption from sin and salvation. It’s therefore right to rid ourselves of our sinful natures and put on righteousness. For with God, we’ve to be pure, and free from sin, to enter his Heavenly Kingdom.