We’re All on a Mission

New York Times opinion columnist Frank Bruni shared a book review recently that unflatteringly bashed Vice President Mike Pence.

I like Mike Pence.

For many years he served in Congress, then as governor of the state of Indiana, and most recently as VP. Pence is a committed family man, soft spoken, possesses great character and principles, is a person of faith, and was, by most accounts, the best choice President Trump made in choosing his cabinet.

Bruni disagrees and believes that Pence is on a mission.

Hey, Frank. I hate to tell you but ALL human beings are on a mission.

Is yours a worthy one?

Here’s the quote from Bruni while commenting on Michael D’ Antonio and Peter Eisner’s soon to be published book The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence (out August 28, 2018):

“There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings. That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel.”

What? Mike Pence a Lucifer look alike?  And this diatribe printed in the New York Times, heralded to contain “All the Truth That’s Fit to Print?”

Talk about fake news.

Bruni continues:

“To that brimming potpourri add two ingredients that Trump doesn’t genuinely possess: the conviction that he’s on a mission from God and a determination to mold the entire nation in the shape of his own faith, a regressive, repressive version of Christianity. Trade Trump for Pence and you go from kleptocracy to theocracy.”

Bruni covers his tracks by blaming others for these insults: “That’s the takeaway from a forthcoming book by the journalists Michael D’ Antonio, who previously wrote The Truth About Trump, and Peter Eisner.”

So Bruni, D’Antonio, and Eisner all believe that Mike Pence is:

  • A holy terror (I thought holiness is a good thing?)
  • Self-infatuated (Pence comes across more as a selfless servant-leader).
  • A bigot (because he disagrees on some issues?).
  • A liar (certainly less than most politicians).
  • Cruel (that would be fascists or abortionists).

But the most damning charge (and easily the most bigoted) is the last one–that Vice President Mike Pence’s faith is regressive, repressive, and a akin to forcing theocracy on vulnerable Americans.

Plus, Pence is on a mission.

Duh.

Of course he is. All people are on a mission just like these three misguided journalists.  Human beings were made in the image of God. We were designed to live purposeful lives that impact the world around us.

In fact, the mission we each possess was meant to be a “Great Adventure.”

Jon Bloom  recently shared some insights on the mission God desires for every single one of us. Here are some of his thoughts from  “God Didn’t Give You a Boring Life. He Gave You An Adventure. Now Go Live It!”

Life is a Gift

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him” (1 Corinthians 7:17).

“Your life is a gift and an assignment from God. This should infuse our life — its good and evil, its sweet and bitter, its health and affliction, its prosperity and poverty, its comfort and suffering — with an unfathomable dignity, purpose, and glory. You are not an accident. Neither are you a ruined potential, run off the rails because you were dealt a poor genetic hand of cards, suffered others’ abuse, or made foolish and sinful choices, putting you beyond the hope of a useful calling in Jesus’ kingdom.”

“The greatest thing you can do with your life is to live to the hilt the adventurous assignment God has given you.”

God Has Called You.

“We tend to think of our callings as our vocations, some significant job God gives us to do with an identifiable and preferably esteemed title. Perhaps it’s a career vocation or perhaps it’s a non career vocation in a church or ministry. But that’s too narrow. Of course, vocations should be vehicles for our calling — ways we fulfill our assignment from the Lord. But our calling encompasses more than our vocations.”

“Our primary core calling is to love God with all we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). And this calling incorporates everyone we interact with, or perhaps comes to mind, in everything we do from morning till night. Which is why John Calvin said, “God commands each one of us to consider his calling in every act of life” (Institutes, 821).

Be Faithful to Your Assignment

The Spirit tells us through Paul, “Let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him.”

“Think of  bond servants. They were the physical property of a human master. And yet Paul says to them in 1 Corinthians 7:21, ‘Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)’ What Paul meant was circumstances, even very difficult ones, don’t disqualify anyone from God’s assignment. If we can extricate ourselves honorably from such circumstances, we ought to do it. But if not, let us consider it God’s assignment, at least for today, and be faithful” (Ephesians 6:6–8).

Your Greatest Adventure

“[God] has assigned us a life to lead. And there is no more wonderful, exciting, hopeful, fulfilling, joy-producing sense of life purpose than to realize that we are who we are, what we are, how we are, where we are, and when we are by the assignment of the Lord.”

“You have been given the unfathomable gift of life. You have been given the infinitely more valuable gift of eternal life. And you have been given the astounding and extremely rare privilege of receiving an assignment from God. Embrace your assignment, this great adventure chosen for you, and press it to the limit.”

Bloom is right. We were built for a mission in life.

I have written two books on this subject. The first, If God Has a Plan for My Life, Why Can’t I Find It? You Have a Destiny exposes the dangerous lie of macro-evolution and proposes that “character is destiny”  for fulfilling God’s mission for your life.

The second, The Fourth Wave: Taking Your Place in the New Era of Missions discusses the purpose of this current generation in fulfilling God’s Great Commission. The key to that is each one of us living a missional life.

Every human life, due to its very humanity, is on a mission. NYT columnist Frank Bruni’s mission is to destroy Donald Trump and his administration and push a radical progressive agenda. Some have secular missions and vocational dreams. Others live purely for entertainment– a personal-pleasure mission. And some even fly airplanes into buildings in pursuit of their jihadist mission.

This year I’ve been meditating on the missional words Jesus Christ–the greatest life ever lived. Just before he died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead, he prayed to his Heavenly Father in John 17 (The Message):

“But I have known You. . . that you sent me on this mission. . . I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last details what you assigned me to do. . . In the same way you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.”

Now that’s a mission-focused life.

Mike Pence has chosen to follow Jesus’ example. His faith is not regressive. Biblical truths have created more progress in the world than every other philosophy combined. It’s not repressive–except for sin, crime and war–which hurt and destroy people. And it’s certainly not a theocracy (like Iran)–rather a representative democracy with a republican constitution.

Those of like faith and character to Mike Pence have brought incredible blessings to the world in the forms of human inspiration,  the flourishing of art and science, civil rights, religious liberty, social progress, humanitarian aid, economic prosperity, and eternal life and hope found in Jesus.

We’re all on a mission.

Is yours a blessing like Mike Pence’s, or does it fall short of God’s plan?

 

3 Comments

  1. John Bulinda on August 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    WE ARE ALL ON A MISSION
    The United States of America was established on Judeo-Christian Heritage.
    Throughout the history of this great nation, Presidents and other great leaders PRAYED when this country faced so many crises.
    It is very important for Americans to remember that in the past times of national crises they took COURAGE, PRAYED, AND SAW HOPELESS SITUATIONS TURN AROUND.

    We are all indeed on a Mission.
    When I left my beloved country KENYA in AFRICA, in the year August 2013, to come on a mission to the United States, little did I know that God could answer my Prayer to RESTORE AMERICA TO GODLY VALUES.
    During my five years of Passionate Prayer, Repentance and Intercession for America, the LORD has connected me with people who are very zealous for their nation to come back to God from moral decay in the society These men and women of God are indeed on a profound mission and are Praying, Interceding and Seeking the LORD for Renewal and Restoration of their Once Shining Nation. God bless and keep them safe.

    While we may not easily acknowledge this reality, GOD is indeed using His choice, President Donald Trump and His other (God’s) choice, Vice President Mike Pence to fulfill His (God’s) assignment.
    America needs a miracle today, more than ever before, and GOD, who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water (Revelation 14:6), has set the pace by bringing into place GOD fearing leaders, President Trump and VP Pence to bring this miracle of American Renewal for World Evangelization into effect.
    During the Korean War, General MacArthur addressed the Salvation Army, December 12, 1951: His speech could elaborately explain the current situation of this great nation that once sent missionaries to nations of the world but has now greatly declined in her moral standards:
    “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

    The apostle Paul suffered much slander, in his days, when he expressed explicitly how the state of spiritual decline of a nation can face the the wrath of GOD:
    “For the wrath of GOD is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them. For God has showed it unto them. For the invincible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).

    The needed change for this great nation must ideally be to follow the example of Jesus as Mike Pence, the VP of the United States has chosen. It is time to Restore Americas Conscience, by understanding why this great country has gone downhill so suddenly by not listening to that precious voice of conscience inside.

    I believe it is a wake up call to all people of faith from different cultural backgrounds to be part of the spiritual and transformation of our world. This transformation calls for Holiness and habitation of righteousness.It also involves Prayer and Fasting.
    In April 19, 1775, during the Battle of Lexington & Concord, Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull proclaimed a day of Fasting, that:
    God would graciously pour out His Holy Spirit on us to bring us to a thorough repentance and effectual reformation that our iniquities may not be our ruin; that He would restore, preserve and secure liberties of this and other British American colonies, and make the land a mountain of Holiness, and habitation of righteousness forever.

    May the leaders and people of this great nation turn back to God and lead in the greatest Global Revival prior to the return of our Lord and Redeemer of the world, Jesus Christ. Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).

  2. Jack Hart on August 22, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Once again you knocked it out of the ballpark. It’s amazing that the left is tipping their hand so freely.
    Apostle Paul suffered the same slander. You can feel the desperation of those opposing Pence when they applytge same old strategy.

    • Ron Boehme on August 22, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Nice to hear from you, Jack. I’m glad you have a “mission in God” and are living every day to fulfill it.

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