You may not agree with what I am about to say and that is OK. The reason it is OK is because I know that there is absolutely nothing that I can directly do about what you either agree or disagree with. In essence, I am not asking you to agree, what I am asking you to do is earnestly and prayerfully consider the contents of this post.
The thoughts in this post has been mulling around in my mind, heart and spirit for days. And the contents have not all come together at once, but rather in pieces, because the individual pieces are important to be seen and understood for what they truly are. These pieces are battles of cause and effect, being raged everywhere and each of them, individually, may appear to be justified battles in themselves, but they are indicators of conflicting ideologies and kingdoms and there are crossed purposes that are being ignored, which cloud what we see, and especially how we react. And when I say we, I am talking to those who call upon the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I’m pretty sure that most of us agree that God’s Word is truth. The problem is not with God’s truth (His Word), but rather how we interpret God’s truth (His Word). Each of us have our own perception or understanding of how God’s Word applies specifically to us and also to others. That is why our understanding of God’s Word can and frequently does, differ between one another. All of us do not have the same level of understanding in God’s Word at the same time. We are all growing and growing takes time and the rate of our growth is not the same for everyone. But even with this variance in growth, there are major truths that are not optional to orthodox Christianity and one of them has to do with the Kingdom of God.
Jesus told us categorically that His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). And according to what I read in God’s Word, this world that we do live in, is governed by ‘the god of this world’ (2 Corinthians 4:4), and because of this, its worldly systems of governance are not in conformity with heavenly principles and concepts. However, we are also told that “greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4) and “but take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We, as Christians, can try to make our worldly systems of governance more in line with God’s principles and concepts but they are going to fall short because we live in a society where many citizens do not share our faith in Jesus and consequently do not adhere to God’s principles and concepts, not to mention, as fallen creatures, even being reborn with God’s Holy Spirit within us, we can and infrequently (and I am being kind) become susceptible to fleshly leanings. The short story is that there is not one of us, within ourselves, that is perfect, not one.
There are many truths within God’s Word and all of God’s truths are equally important but there are also truths that throw light on how other truths in God’s Word are to be considered. When we ignore the reality of where God’s kingdom resides and who still has power in this world, we do so at our own peril.
During the recent US Presidential election some have experienced relief at the projected outcome and some have felt dismay. Relief, that perhaps some of the discord and lack of unified purpose would dissipate, and dismay that personal freedoms and God’s principles and concepts would fall even more to the wayside. All of these concerns are valid.
The thing is, this world that we live in is Babylon. It doesn’t matter if we are looking at the United States, Canada, Great Britain or Egypt, all of the world falls into this category according to God’s Word. Revelation 18:4-5 NASB reads as follows: “ I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive any of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her offenses.”
All of you are familiar with the Scripture verses where we are admonished to be in the world but not of the world, to remember that we are citizens of God’s Kingdom, that we are to be a holy nation unto God.
When we put our hope in the person of another human being, regardless of how “good” they may or may not be, when we put our hope in our own nation, versus God’s Kingdom, we enter into crossed purposes and whether we realize it or not, we enter into idolatry. There is only one Saviour and that is Jesus Christ. There is only one kingdom and that is the Kingdom of God. And equally important, political persuasion cannot produce a changed heart. Only the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can produce such fruit. One could easily surmise that Jesus already knew this and that was the reasoning behind Him giving us our primary mission to complete in the first place.
I don’t know who wrote the article at gotquestions.org on “How should a Christian view politics?” but it is really an excellent overview and I would strongly encourage everyone to take a good hard look at it.
And in pursuing our crossed purposes, we have, whether intentional or not, become the very opposite of what God’s Word instructs us to be. Are we Christians known for our love towards one another? Are we known for being different from the rest of the world? Do we actively love our enemies and bless those who curse us? Do we place the welfare of others over ourselves? Do our interactions with others on social media demonstrate that we are ambassadors for Jesus Christ and as such we do not exchange insult for insult? Have we taken to heart the Great Commission of Christ that He gave us and placed His priority above all other priorities? You and I both know the answers to all of these questions.
I don’t know about you but I see what has transpired as a call to repentance because collectively we have placed our hope where it ought not to be.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!