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WHAT IF I DIED TONIGHT?

What would happened if I died tonight?

For many in our culture, it’s not a question to ask. It’s not something we want to think about. But I try to ask it every day. I want to be satisfied with tomorrow if today is all there is.

Fortunately, I have answered the question for myself. In the early 1990’s I became a follower of Jesus Christ. Since that time the world has challenged me regarding my conclusion. I have also challenged myself.

Today is Easter Sunday, and Christians worldwide celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior. But some of us try to celebrate it every day. Not with eggs and bunnies, but with our words and deeds.

This may be the part where you scratch your head and say “what’s this have to do with politics?”

The answer is…not much.

Rest assured, I still have enough to say about politics, government, and citizenship that it could fill the heaviest of tomes. But I also have a lot to share regarding faith and philosophy.

The difference is that since 2010, I have expressed myself thoroughly in matters of civic engagement, yet I have not sufficiently expressed my spiritual concerns and conclusions in such measure.

I spent a lot of the past five years fighting for the right to speak freely about faith, but perhaps not enough time using that freedom to actually say something.

Today, I begin to compensate for that imbalance.

A common modern meme asks “If they prosecute you for being a Christian, will they find enough evidence to convict you?”

If we are as close to that day as I fear we might be…you can consider this my signed confession.

But also understand that, while philosophy intersects with spiritual and civic matters, my faith and my politics are fundamentally separate endeavors. Politics is for this world. My faith is for eternity. Because the paradigms are different, so are the goals and the tactics used in their pursuit.

So who I support depends on whether I’m trying to win an election or plant a church.

I’ve seen my candidates get elected, but I’ve never planted a church.

Hence the need to examine my work, and to ask myself…what if I die tonight?

Much music has entered my ears over the decades, but the song “Take Us Away” by the band Recon provides one of my favorite responses to that very question:

“If I die tonight,
I know that I’ll be with you.
I pray I’d live my life,
As though you’d come
Each and every day…”

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