I decided that I wanted to take yesterday off to reflect on the nature of how some of my posts have been surprisingly tying in with one another.
- The Modern Charismatic Church is engaging in practices that revolve around what “God Told Me” (personal) as to what “God Told Us” (Scriptural).
- As a result love is defined as personal intimacy with God instead of obedience to love one another.
- This is now reflected in the purpose of human government is to force non believers to conform Christian standards of behavior instead of persuading them through the reaching of their hearts to join the faith.
As a result, many people now consider themselves to be prophets or prophetic regarding politics when in reality they are trying to stamp their opinions into politics claiming the authority of God to so.
When it came to politics, Jesus revealed so much when made his famous statement about the need to pay taxes:
- Matthew 22:17-22 NASB – 17 “Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? 19 “Show Me the coin [used] for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 And hearing [this,] they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.
At the risk of greatly over simplifying the state of governmental affairs of the time, consider the following. Palestine was invaded, overrun and ruled by an occupying force, the Roman Government. When they tried to force the Israelites to worship Caesar, there was the Maccabean Revolt which was a guerilla style campaign of its day. One of the greatest hold out battles ever resulted in the Jewish Celebration of Chanukah. They won the battle and forced an uneasy compromise to be able to practice their faith, but that was only after great loss of life and restricted liberties. Jesus came along and his opponents tried to pin him as a threat to the Roman government by accusing him of leading a political revolt. And how was it that Jesus responded?
- John 18:36 NASB – 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then 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.”
Jesus side stepped politics all together in favor of the allegiance of the heart instead of an allegiance to the state. And this was despite the promises of God:
- Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV – 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
- Luke 1:32-33 NASB – 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
The repeated attempts at political insurrection finally resulted in the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. That invasion was so bad that more people died in the horrific acts that followed than in the dropping of both atomic bombs to end World War Two. And a very intense persecution of blaming the Christians followed that. Yet, what did result in the conversion of the government was not political insurrection, but what was considered divine intervention. That happened in AD 313 with the government now being in favor of Christian/Judea concepts. This in turn resulted in the formation of the Roman Catholic Church. Ironically, though many protestant scholars lament that marriage of Church and Government and what many beleive was the watering down of Christianity, huge portions of the evangelical movement are insisting upon that marriage once again. The unspoken theology of today is that despite getting what they wanted and lamenting the end result, the marriage of faith and the state, that’s what God wants and has always wanted for the United States.
Yet Jesus never lead any attempts to make Israel great again. He never led marches against Rome’s forced occupation, nor lamented their lack of empathy towards Israel. Instead his harshest words of criticisms was not towards the government but religious leaders who would insist on their right to lead.
- Luke 22:24-26 NASB – 24 And there arose also a dispute among them [as to] which one of them was regarded to be greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ 26 “But [it is] not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
What concerns me the most is not a democratic or republican / conservative or liberal administration but that leaders of the faith want to be political leaders and influencers instead of servants. To serve you do not need to win elections, just hearts.