Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground.” He uses a physical fact to conjure up an ultimate reality. We know from history that noble statesmen and women, reformers, and humanitarians have stood on higher ground and pulled the trajectory of events in a positive direction. It can be done. We don’t have to settle for what we are currently getting. We can insist that our leaders go to higher ground so we can follow them there.
If we as Christians don’t insist on it, who will? We regularly meditate on the major events of Jesus’ redemptive work that really did occur on higher ground. Mount Calvary comes to mind. Every example he set for us shows us what taking the high road looks like, especially when others want to take us down. Every admonition from his lips encourages us to follow him to higher ground in the way we live. The hard climb to higher ground is in our spiritual DNA as Christians.
It is so disappointing when public figures wrap themselves in a cloak of Christianity to appeal to a constituency or raise money and then wrestle in the mud like everyone else. That gives Jesus a bad name and makes people cynical about Christianity and the gospel that saves. Higher ground isn’t pie in the sky. Higher ground isn’t unattainable even in a sinful world. Higher ground is where Christian character is most at home.
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