What Gospel Do We Preach?

A while ago I made a commitment not to discuss politics on this blog, especially about which political party was more in line with our Christian worldview and which political party was more opposed to our Christian worldview and I am going to keep that commitment. However, just about everyone is aware of what transpired in Washington recently, or we have an “opinion” of what we believe transpired and depending upon which political party you may support, there are varying differences in the “opinions” that we hold. But this post is not about politics, it is about kingdoms, and I would ask that you consider what I am about to say, because I believe that it strongly applies to what we have all witnessed.

In John 18:36 NASB Jesus tells Pilate the following: “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.

Prioritizing the kingdoms that we find ourselves in, God’s kingdom and our own kingdoms, solidify for me, the reality and supremacy of the eternal versus the temporal. It is not that the temporal does not or can not have value and contain truth, it obviously can, but at best, the temporal can only achieve partial truth, where we know and achieve in part, while the eternal is the complete or whole truth and it was for this very purpose, to make the availability and the possession of the eternal, a reality for us sinners, that Jesus gave His earthly bodily life for us, on the cross. Jesus is the bodily personification of our heavenly Father (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus was sent, by the will of the Father, to reconcile lost sinners, the unholy, back to Himself. 

Jesus bridged what we cannot bridge, He who was without sin, opened the way for us, through faith in what He and He alone has achieved. A political Republic on earth within the United States is indeed a better way in which to provide freedoms and justice for all, and it is of obvious value and worth, but it does not, in and of itself, represent the complete truth that God would have us comprehend, but only partial truth and when we lose sight of that, when our vision becomes clouded and we place the importance of the temporal over the eternal, we are in opposition to the reality and revelation of God, especially as clarified to us by Jesus. And it is only when we, as the collective Church, within this political Republic, or other form of democracy that we may be governed by, which is composed of both believers and non-believers, keep the eternal kingdom as the supreme focus of our minds and hearts, that we have any chance at all of moving the temporal, here on earth, more in the direction of the truth of the eternal. And I fear, for far too many, in spite of good and honourable intentions, our focus has shifted from the eternal to the temporal. 

Jesus told us that without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Our earthly kingdom mindset focuses on what we as Christians, within a diverse populace, can collectively achieve and the other heavenly kingdom mindset on what God can do, in us and through us, usually by one on one interactions with others, whether they be friend or whether they be foe. One kingdom mindset is focused on achieving our perception of God’s will, here on earth, now, while the other kingdom mindset is focused on staying in step with Christ’s explicit directions to preach the Gospel, to love one another and be a light in this darkness to others, here on earth, while awaiting for Him to return and bring His Kingdom with Him to us, here on earth, for a thousand years. And I find the loss of the necessity to prioritize the importance of God’s kingdom, versus our earthly kingdom and the direction to foster reconciliation, where ever possible, truly sad, because I believe that it clouds a lot of what we see and subsequently do. 

In God’s Word, reconciliation always is the preference over separation. It is God’s expressed will that none should perish. None. Separation is a reality but it is always a last resort. And if our light, as believers, no longer differs from those who do not believe, both to those within the household of God and without, what Gospel do we truly preach? God’s Word tells us that a house that is divided will fall. We know that within the Church there is division within division. Who wins when that mentality prevails? We know that there is division between believers and non-believers. Who wins when that mentality prevails? One mindset focuses on what they will do to us and what we will lose. The other mindset focuses on what God can do through us when we follow His guidance. Our reliance is in what God can and will do through us, not what we can do for Him. Bless them, return good for evil, love one another, be different. But are we? When God selected Israel in the Old Testament from all the nations of the world to be His people, He called them to a higher standard. Not the same standard as other nations and definitely not a standard that was worse than other nations. Did Israel fail to live up to that higher standard? You know they did, time and time again but are we any different? And just like Israel was called to a higher standard, so are we in the body of Christ. Blessed are the peace makers. Peace, reconciliation, extending the olive branch whenever feasible. Listening to the concerns of others instead of slamming doors. Making judgements that honestly consider our own shortfalls first

Maybe this is all part of the great falling away, I don’t know, and when it happens, which I am sure that it will, and if I am here, I do know that I don’t want to be part of it. 

If you have read this far, I thank you. I’m just an ordinary layperson, expressing what I see. Maybe you think I am right and maybe you think I am wrong. That really isn’t important. In the end, it all boils down to us individually lining up with God’s expressed will. The thing is, this isn’t a game, it’s as real as it can get and although I readily admit that I do not have all the answers, there are truths here that cannot be denied. And at a minimum, I hope I have given you something to think about.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

12 comments

  1. Excellent, Bruce. As things get more and more unhinged, on BOTH sides of the political spectrum, I find myself doing as you are doing: Immersing myself more and more in the Bible, prayer, and the much-more serious pursuit of holiness and righteousness.

    Regarding politics, I generally use it as a launching point to move into the truth of God. In other words (and here comes my unsolicited advice), I wouldn’t “outlaw” politics from your blog, I just wouldn’t make politics the entire focus of a blog. I’d use it to get to a greater point.

    Talk about tossing in one’s 2 cents. I’m not ever sure what I just wrote was worth that!!

    Have a great weekend, Bruce.

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    • Thank you for your thoughts David, I always value them. Being a Canadian instead of an American puts me in a different area to be considerate of and I am comfortable with my personal decision. One of my sons, who could be a twin of a mutual friend of ours, spent almost four hours last night with me discussing some of the political perspectives of what is happening and praise God, all of it without any hostility or lack of love. And as a bonus, I was once again able to witness to the wonder of Jesus. I marvel at what God can do. When you see Jesus take a situation that so easily could become offensive and turn it around to a demonstration of love and consideration, it just makes one love Jesus even more. Such a blessing. The truth about making judgements by first examining yourself has many benefits and I must increasingly learn to appreciate and consider the perspectives of others because lots of times there are shared objectives if we can learn to see them and we do not have to compromise our faith one little bit. Blessings David and thank you again.

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  2. Very well done. It is all about establishing the kingdom of God. Love this: “Prioritizing the kingdoms that we find ourselves in, God’s kingdom and our own kingdoms, solidify for me, the reality and supremacy of the eternal versus the temporal.”

    Jesus is clear. In our model prayer we learn “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Our mission is about establishing God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. God is in control not our earthly political parties. Hard to keep that in mind some days but that is the real deal.

    Blessings.

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  3. Bruce, I appreciate your efforts with this post. In the U.S., there’s not just a proclivity to mix the Gospel with temporal politics and patriotism, those who don’t are not well-received.

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