Mark 3:24-25 NIV “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. ”
I’m 73 years old and I don’t recall, in my lifetime, ever seeing a house as divided, as I see our society is divided now. And within this division, there are major issues that are being voiced and major issues that are not being voiced, at least not with the same intensity or recognition of importance. In other words, some “issues” give the appearance to large segments of our society, as being more important or vital, than others, depending upon the segment of our society that you fall within and the ideology or worldview that you adhere to.
What I see troubles me and the various methods that are being utilized to achieve the desired goals, regardless of the ideology or worldview that one adheres to, indicate to me that somewhere along the way, we as Christians, within our troubled society, have lost sight of the Kingdom of God and replaced it with their own perceived kingdom.
The end state does not justify the means, you cannot employ unrighteous methods to achieve your perceived righteous goals, regardless of how righteous your perceived goals may be. Two wrongs do not make a right. Because a segment of our society feels justified in using unrighteous means and methods to achieve their objective goals does not justify the Christians within our society to follow the same methodology.
Christians are supposed to have a different worldview than secular society, but there’s a problem. Not only is our society divided with regard to what “issues” need to be rectified, especially as it pertains to the “rights” of individuals to have legal choices, but also within the Christian Church at large, we have a division with regard to what constitutes legitimate righteous methods. And the reason for this division within the body of Christ, although complex due to the magnitude of the number of issues that need to be dealt with, are in reality, simplistic in context.
One segment is fighting for God’s Kingdom through secular means and another segment is fighting for God’s Kingdom through Godly means. When you’re fighting for God’s righteousness and using secular political means to achieve that goal, the means and methods of the political system we use can get pretty dirty, regardless of what side of the political spectrum you stand in. Political supremacy is power and power is the element required to implement. Success is deemed as having achieved the passing of legislation that implements our perception of God’s morality through presiding power.
Jesus said “render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21 KJV) The two are not one and the same, nor have they ever been.
There are probably some who will disagree with me but I do not think you can legislate morality. Please note that there is a difference between legislating what is morally acceptable, such as it is not acceptable to murder someone, which in essence means that all laws are a form of moral acceptance of what is considered by the majority in a democracy as allowable and not allowable and legislating morality of the heart. You may obtain compliance through fear of punishment or penalty, but the heart is not necessarily changed.
“Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
The commission of the Church towards the unsaved is not for compliance through fear of punishment, but rather that the heart of the sinner be changed through accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “….. apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV)
Nothing is pretty inclusive.
Romans 10:9-10 NIV “ If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Over simplification? Perhaps, but one kingdom relies on man’s power and authority while the other Kingdom relies on the spreading of the Good News, the conviction of God’s Holy Spirit and God’s grace.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!