Beware of Seeking Political Solutions

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36 NIV

Looking for political ways to address a nation’s moral issues is futile.

Without a miraculous change of moral character from within – without countless individuals turning to Jesus, no nation will ever be changed. Legislation or any other political means will not, and cannot achieve it.

If we look at the first chapter of Romans, we see that moral decline in any society comes about through rejection of God. Then, because of mankind’s rejection of God, God gives mankind over to the many perversions that we often think of as things that will bring God’s judgement on our nations.

Therefore, it seems to me that we’ve misunderstood what’s happening in our world. For example, instead of society’s increased acceptance of sexual perversion being something that will lead TO God’s judgement on our nations, they are actually an expression OF God’s judgement.

See Romans 1: 18-32 and note the statements “Therefore God also gave them up to…”, and “God gave them over to…”, which describe God acting to reinforce humanity’s sin.

This is very much in line with 2 Thess 2: 11-12, in which God will send a strong delusion to people who “did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
That strong delusion will make them believe the lie – effectively reinforcing the choices already made.

Nations already under God’s judgement will never be turned around through any political process, so we should stop supporting political ideologies in the hope that they will effect righteous change.
They won’t.

God is not working politically to make our nations more godly (or even “great again”). They have been given over to the sin they have chosen instead of Him. They are increasing in darkness as a result, giving a clear contrast with the light of God.
Those desiring the light will be drawn to the light of the world. We need to be ready to welcome them with the gospel.

As ambassadors of Christ we are not commissioned to improve the worldly nations in which we live.
It is our job to help its citizens migrate from the kingdoms of this world into God’s Kingdom, reconciling them with God. Only through significant numbers making that change of allegiance, could there ever be the possibility of nation being brought back from the judgement already on it.
But apart from Israel, does scripture give an indication that any other nation will travel that route of “revival”?

Maybe we need to ask ourselves why the desire for revival in our nations?

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 1 John 2:15 NIV

And what motivates that desire when scripture continually tells us to expect persecution in this world, not national acceptance.

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matt 10:22 NIV

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matt 24:9 NIV

If those predictions have never had some kind of fulfillment in our lives (and I confess they haven’t in mine – apart from some small incidents a few decades ago) then perhaps we should ask ourselves what we’ve been doing wrong – or maybe more appropriately, what we HAVEN’T been doing right, that would attract that kind of attention.

Choice

Dear American Evangelicals. Which King of Israel do you recognise?

Over an ensuing half-hour rant, Trump trucked in antisemitic tropes, insulted the Danish prime minister, insisted he wasn’t racist, bragged about the performance of his former Apprentice reality show, denied starting a trade war with China, praised Vladimir Putin and told reporters that he, Trump, was the “chosen one” – all within hours of referring to himself as the “King of Israel”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/21/trump-press-conference-greenland-jewish-democrats

On Wednesday, Donald Trump posted a lengthy series of tweets quoting conspiracy theorist and conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root: “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world,” adding, “the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.”

https://www.gq.com/story/trump-king-of-israel

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt

Trump or Jesus?

In some things non-believers seem more in tune with reality than professing Christians.

 

Truth-Challenged Politics

America has it’s Trump-loving evangelicals.

In Australia we have the truth-challenged Pentecostal Prime Minister, who  has no difficulty ignoring, avoiding and refusing to acknowledge the truth when the truth is politically inconvenient. He’s also not averse to spinning a lie or two (or three or four or…) *

In the US and Australia, the result is the same: contempt is poured on the name of Jesus.

But the lesson should also be the same – followers of Jesus should not put their trust in politicians, or politics, for faith related matters or to bring about “Kingdom conditions” on earth. That is not what the gospel is about.
Politics will never further the gospel or do the work of the gospel.

I’ll let you into a little secret. Democracy is not God’s form of Government.  Democracy is man’s best attempt at dealing with government corruption (sin) – giving a community or nation the possibility of voting out one sinner or group of sinners and replacing them with another sinner or group of sinners. It allows a community or nation to say enough is enough when a government fails to deliver, and lets them appoint another government that will also fail to deliver.

God’s Government is the rule of a righteous King.

May that Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

Not as the result of misguided, even corrupt, political machinations by professing Christians, but by the return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

 

 

 

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References.

* https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/13/pm-pushes-off-medevac-loss-by-launching-a-sonic-boom-on-border-protection

A former leader of the PM’s party also wrote (in the Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Feb) that for the PM to continue his current scare campaign would be totally dishonest, ignoring the facts.

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Man’s Politics or God’s Kingdom

Winston Churchill is alleged to have said something like:  “Democracy is the worst kind of government… except for all of the rest”

In other word’s democracy isn’t what it’s cracked up to be – but its the best mankind has been able to come up with.

But God has something better.

Thank God that if we are part of HIS people, we are part of that something better.
We live within earthly nations as HIS ambassadors, ambassadors of HIS Kingdom and NOT reliant on the politics of this world for sustenance and protection.

We don’t look to the world’s ways and the world’s politics for answers. We don’t look to the world’s way and the word’s politics to improve the world.
Our part in this world is to encourage it’s citizens to migrate to GOD’s Kingdom, to change citizenship.

We are NOT going to bring God’s Kingdom to earth and we definitely aren’t going to bring the world closer to God’s Kingdom through earthly politics and allegiances to earthly nations.

We are not going to bring about “theocratic” rule.

That “theocratic rule” will only happen at its appointed time, when the Lord Himself returns.

 

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!