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Christian conservative actress Patricia Heaton shared some poignant words of advice on Twitter this Friday to all “common sense” Christians who feel lost amid the societal turmoil that’s plagued America for months on end.
“If you’re a common sense person, you probably don’t feel you have a home in this world right now. If you’re a Christian, you know you were never meant to,” she wrote.
The tweet up was up to almost 45,000 likes and 8,000 retweets by Sunday morning.
If you’re a common sense person, you probably don’t feel you have a home in this world right now. If you’re a Christian, you know you were never meant to.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) January 8, 2021
Her stirring words were based on a litany of passages from the Christian Bible that speak of how life here on Earth is just a phase or a step on a long journey that eventually ends in what Christians refer to as heaven.
Below are just a few of the many passages that reference a greater world beyond the confines of this oftentimes gloomy planet:
- Philippians 3:20 ESV: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Hebrews 13:14 ESV: “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
- John 18:36 ESV: “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.'”
- John 2:15-17 ESV: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
- Romans 12:1-2 ESV: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The underlying point is to not become too enmeshed in the petty, mindless turmoil and havoc of this world and to instead focus on spiritual enlightenment by pursuing the behavior and mindset that lead to salvation.
Of course, this is easier said than done. If you’re a church-going believer living a righteous life, and suddenly a blue tyrant stomps into your church and shuts it down, then it’s certainly harder to just brush off the madness — but you must nonetheless.
None of this means you can’t partake in the joys of life on Earth. Not at all, as Heaton herself explained in the follow-up tweet below:
Nooooooooo! The world is our home. It is a wonderful creation that God said is GOOD. We are created beings and will be resurrected as created beings – like Jesus. It might not be your home, but it sure is mine and I love it and will do all I can to care for it. Blessings xxx
— The Hip-Hop Gospel (@BeatboxBible) January 9, 2021
Respectfully , this world is only temporary. I love many things here too, and yes, we are called to love our neighbor and be good stewards. But this ain’t it.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) January 9, 2021
The key, according to Christian theology, is to remember the distinction between temporary and forever — and to avoid becoming unhealthily attached or focused on both the Earthly pleasures and the Earthly pains of a physical existence.
See some of the more interesting and sometimes equally poignant responses to the actress’s tweet below:
So true! Keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus. Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing – St. Teresa of Avila. 🙏
— HeatherB. (@Lovetorun71) January 10, 2021
Exactly how I feel. Both sides are yelling, “wake up,” while there are blind spots on both sides. Im a moderate conservative & get called names bc of that. Thats ok. Im a Believer in Christ first & follow Him. This world is not my home, so I’ll love Him & others till I get there.
— Bobbi Greene (@Birdietweets16) January 8, 2021
True. Christ said that “heaven and earth will pass away” but His words will remain. The wisdom & healing is in a) loving the Word Incarnate and b) living out His words. Uncommon these days but not impossible with God’s mercy & grace. All is process. †
— Angelissa Untalan (@claygirlcan) January 8, 2021
I KNOW I am not on sinking sand where I am, I talk to God daily, hourly sometime. I know my place and even through the ugliness of what is happening I can’t be afraid or tremble. I can’t afford to.
— Cindy Denning (@SCneck) January 8, 2021
Yes Patricia. Thank you. As a Christian, my identity isn’t in my political position. It is founded in obedience to God, which is to keep peace as much as it depends on me (Romans 12:18).
— Joni Frances (@JoniThurber) January 10, 2021
Thanks Patricia…. it’s really easy to lose sight of this simple Christian life philosophy when we’re regularly confronted with the struggles of our worldly life. This is especially true in light of our current events. Your comforting reminder is greatly appreciated. God bless
— KarlMalden’sNoseHairs (@GBfan1919) January 9, 2021
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