For years, I’ve felt very secure that my love for our Lord was so strong, nothing could ever pull me away from Him. In some ways, that has been true, but there’s a catch. Just because one’s love is strong enough to prevent them from being pulled completely away, that doesn’t mean they can’t be drawn away from Him while believing they are doing His Will.
I learned this the hard way. For the past two years, I’ve been engulfed in the world of politics in a way that I thought was beneficial to the faith. I fell into the trap of believing I could give a huge chunk of my life over to political endeavors that would eventually allow me to talk to a wider range of people about the Gospel. It’s the same trap that so many Christian entertainers fall into. They think if they perform songs or take on roles that help them get more popular, that they can circle back around later and reinsert their original calling of spreading the Gospel. How many Christian entertainers have we lost to the secular world?
Something held me back from completely getting immersed in the secular world of politics. Despite increasing reach and educating many people about the benefits of limiting government and bringing personal responsibility back to American government, I found that going any further would pull me too far away from the faith. That’s not to say there is no room for faith in politics, but making political gains that are substantial often requires putting aside the tenets of a Biblical worldview.
I’ve always known that a truly faithful walk in this life requires 100% of our effort. We are weak creatures. Sin surrounds us. It is especially powerful in the world of politics, but it’s present everywhere. That’s the nature of the Earth since the fall.
Piece by piece, the secular world will require us to remove the Armor of God. The deeper we go, the more our armor prevents us from navigating those waters. Inevitably, most if not all will shed all of the armor if they don’t turn back. I came close.
Piece by piece, I’m putting that armor back on.
My life is not my own. I gave it to my Lord and Savior, but attempts at success in the secular world motivated me to pull pieces of my life back to myself. Thankfully, I was awoken before it was too late. A warning to those in similar situations: Don’t go too far. Come back to the faith now. It’s too easy to lose oneself in this world.