American Church, I know that election season throws us off our game. It confuses us, especially when we begin to hold our American citizenship in higher regard than our Heavenly one. So many of us listen to the pundits more than the Holy Spirit and we start to believe that government has the answers to life’s difficulties. Political conversations abound with many turning into arguments that change the way we view our siblings-in-Christ. The problem with this is immense.
The heavenly kingdom is neither a democracy nor a republic. There’s no voting on amendments to Scripture. The majority opinion, no matter how vast or vocal, doesn’t change the truth. The heavenly kingdom is a monarchy. We have a King who sets the rules and is in complete charge. Even the strongest, boldest, or most popular among us, without the King’s endorsement, should only be considered a court jester.
Our sole purpose is to grow the Kingdom, to make disciples. As we do, it is the King’s responsibility to care for and protect His citizenry. We can and should get involved in social issues to open a conversation but nothing we can offer the world is better or more profitable than the gospel. Not freedom, not food, not even water. Granted, these will extend and improve life on earth but this life is not nearly as important as the eternity that awaits. Do you believe that or did you shudder a little at the thought?
Many in the church today put too much stock in our importance, in our ability to love and not nearly enough in Jesus. As if our faulty human love and understanding is better than His? They act as if the scripture isn’t patient, kind, generous, and loving enough so it needs to be tweaked a bit here and there. We see it all the time, so many look past sin in the name of grace. How can it be divine grace if it doesn’t lead to holiness? True love doesn’t embrace sin that separates us from the God who is love.
The church cannot save anyone. Christ alone – the word made flesh – saves. Do everything you can to open the lines of communication and then be sure to share Christ the King or you’ve done nothing.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28: 18-20
Don’t overthink the great commission.
Believe that God shows up in the casual, the comfortable, the informal. He is not in the over analyzed, over thought out, over planned. He can’t be, because He is above our thoughts. It is prayer more than planning that brings excellence! When we take control, we leave no room for His dunamis — basically, God’s incomprehensible power. We serve a God who always gives us far better than we can imagine when we leave Him in charge. The power and goodness of God goes beyond what we have the intelligence to ask for and beyond the scope of our imagination.
God does not call us to agreement. He calls us to obedience. Your agreement doesn’t matter, your trust does. Freedom is found in trusting Him.
Gods ways are perfect. — Psalm 18:30a
Look at ALL your circumstances, no matter how difficult, through the lens that God is up to something good. He can be trusted. He loves us.
Now stand up and give your King back His throne.