“The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.” Titus 3:8 -> me: Lots of reading this week but no posts. I have been contemplating a pause on Jeremiah because it is just so depressing…but I am going to stick it out. I know the Lord will reveal to me what I need to hear during this time through this book. However, today I was looking for a verse that addressed social causes and happened upon this one in Titus. This whole passage is about being careful to devote yourself solely to good works and comes right into play with our current sermon series in Galatians. Too often I see good Christians caught up in political causes and they see this as a spiritual work they are doing to achieve change. While this is noble, we must be careful. We are aliens in a world that is not our home but I do believe we have a responsibility to use our numbers to affect change where possible…to assert our Christian beliefs through prayer and then voting. In some cases this may mean signing a signature petition to at least get a measure on an official ballot. Its about the motivation of our heart and giving glory to God in all that we do. When it comes to our political systems, we must be careful and pragmatic; basing our actions on practical execution rather than theoretical desired outcomes…maintaining a selfless, humble, and meek countenance as we get involved. As Paul so eloquently states here in Titus that we stand in front of a watching world – we need to reflect the actions of Christ here on earth before we are taken home.