Why "Assertively Apolitical"?
Greg Smith grew up near Milwaukee, WI. His ministry began in 1976: 5 years in Central America, 36 in Mexico. His passion is church planting and discipleship.
Greg rejoices in his recent marriage to Carol Ahola-Smith. Both have been missionaries (Japan and Mexico); both watched their mates precede them in death.
Together, they have a heart for writing, mentoring and teaching. They enjoy long walks and good coffee.
REFRESHING THE BONES
Essays to provoke thought and reflection... to encourage and build up... Pro 15:30
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays…
Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills. Rev 14:6
The title is a declaration of theme. The blog intends to be a reasoned explication. It is a facet of a broader subject; possibly a chapter in a larger project, which might be entitled: “Essentialness”… something inherent in every attribute of the kingdom of God.
One of the core facets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ… an integral part of its essence… is its apoliticalness. It has become increasingly important to remember that and to live accordingly.
Put another way:
The kingdom of God has survived and prospered through the ages in diverse and contrasting sociopolitical settings without being tied to any physical kingdom's particular vision or agenda.
I was raised in the United States, but I have lived nearly all of my adult life as an ex-pat and missionary. That has brought me to a broader perspective on what essential Christianity should look like, regardless of the century or the country in which it appears.
I could not express how I feel any better than with these simple words from an old hymn:
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
"I Surrender All"