From the DayBreaks archive, August 2010:
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is’ or “There it is’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” – Luke 17:20-21
It seems to be the rage today among Christians to get involved with politics. Every party, Democrat, Republican, or “Tea Party” seems to want to court the evangelical community because of the sheer number of votes it represents. It is far less clear to me that any of those groups really care what the evangelical community believes or stands for (perhaps that may be because we’ve so confused the world by the divisions within the body of Christ and the willingness of one group or another to throw out parts of Scripture that they don’t like personally.) They do, however, want our votes!
I see many Christians today who are terribly worried and dismayed about the direction in which our country is moving. I can understand that. I’m very concerned about it, too. But I’m resolved not to worry about it. Jesus indicated that the kingdoms of this world would not live in harmony with His kingdom – in fact, they can’t even live in peace with one another, let alone an entirely different kind of kingdom. Jesus hinted at this collision of kingdoms when he said that we should give Caesar what is his, but to God what rightfully belongs to Him.
Many Christians expend huge amounts of time and energy in political discussions. I am grateful that there are believers who feel called to the political arena. But I don’t think Jesus wants us to be overly worried about the “kingdom” in which we live (America), because we should be so consumed about the most important Kingdom we belong to: the Kingdom of God. God never said to America that we are a chosen nation, as He said to Israel. While it may be true generally that if we pray and humble ourselves and repent that God will hear, heal and restore our land – but that promise was specifically made to Israel at the time Solomon’s temple was dedicated.
Do I worry about where America is headed? Yes…and no. I am blessed to be an American citizen, but far more blessed to be a citizen of God’s kingdom. And I need not fear, regardless of what happens to America, that the American government nor any other government ever upon the face of this earth can do to God’s kingdom. After all, Jesus made it very clear: the very gates of hell itself won’t prevail against His kingdom. One thing I’m sure of is this: if the gates of hell are not able to prevail against His Kingdom, neither the U.S. government nor any other government surely will not be able to make it fall!
My job as a believer and citizen in His kingdom is to not just Christianize America and turn us into a Christian nation. My job, and your job, is to be salt and light, and to win citizens for His Kingdom which is far greater!
PRAYER: Father, may we rest in Your Kingdom’s sure coming in glory and power! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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