7/29/2015 Mike’s Blog: Here we go again

HERE WE GO AGAIN

 “[Jesus said] ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting…But as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.’ Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king.’” (John 18:36-37) 

 “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”  (2 Tim 2:3-4)

As election seasons dawn anew upon the American landscape, political dialogue from those who say they believe in God will fill the airwaves, and wherever it is they gather for church, fellowship, or Bible study. And so, as has been my habit since the Spirit opened my eyes to the reality of the kingdom of heaven on earth and it’s true government and purpose, I will speak out in an effort to hopefully sway just a few away from “the dark side.” People engaging in political concerns may hold a belief in God, but I fear they understand not the nature or reality of the kingdom of heaven on earth. They claim to fight for religious freedom, and to restore the Christian foundations that established this country. But all they truly fight for, and in, is the security and comfort of their flesh.

What Jesus said to Pilate over 2,000 years ago [see verse above] is true today. His kingdom was not of this world then, and it is not now. When His people sought to “take Him by [political] force and make Him [a worldly] king He withdrew from them” (John 6:15). His answer to His people who persist in the same futile, worldly effort today is also the same as it was then.

If this is not so ask yourself why, after the countless hours in prayer and billions of dollars spent by the faithful down through time trying to legislate morality on a world loathe to accept it the slow and steady juggernaut of moral decline of the world into the cesspool it has become today has not been stopped, nor thwarted in the slightest? If the thousands upon thousands of times 2nd Chronicles 14 has been preached and followed in prayer hasn’t slowed the steady slide down the slippery slope, why not? To begin with, this passage referred to a time when “the land” meant everything. “The land” was the promise and reward of the people of Israel. It was where God was, and where He was with them. It is no longer so today.

Since Jesus came to introduce us to a new kingdom there is no longer a piece of real estate that should hold our hope. No, we should be “desiring a better country…a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:16), that is found by faith in God. That country is the kingdom of heaven on earth Jesus came to open to us, and it has nothing to do with healing any land on earth. The only temple that matters to Him is the one Paul said was in our hearts (1 Cor. 3:16). That is where He is with us, and the indwelling of the Spirit is our promise and reward.

Jesus did not come to see to our religious freedoms. Religious freedoms are what have made of us Laodiceans. He did not come to see to the comforts of our flesh, for comforts of the flesh have turned us in to lovers of money. He did not come to guarantee our kids could pray in public schools, nor to insure we could build lavish temples and fill them on Sundays without fear of persecution, for it is the lack of persecution that has made us superficial and shallow. He came to set us free from our addictions to the comforts and securities of the flesh, the world, and money, and open our eyes to an entirely different government (Isa. 9:6-7) that rules over an entirely different kingdom.

The disciple knows the path to pleasing His King is found in suffering at the hands, and under the unjust laws, of those who rule over the kingdom of man [as Jesus, His King, did], not through “entangling himself in the affairs of everyday life” (2 Tim. 2:3) so he can avoid suffering. If any man ever had a just argument and right to rise up and protest unjust laws and unjust rulers it was Jesus. He was the only truly righteous, lawful man who ever lived and He was unjustly tried, convicted, and crucified. But true to Isaiah’s prophecy, and counter to the practices of those who engage in politics today, “He did not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the streets” (Isa 42:2). Also true to Isaiah’s prophecy, in spite of His unjust murder “He will faithfully bring forth justice.”  It will not be the justice those who join worldly kingdoms to fight spiritual battles are looking for, because His justice is not found in the comforts of the flesh, nor an easier life for our children or ourselves.  His justice is found in victory over the world, and that comes with suffering in the flesh as He did. It is not found in entanglement with its systems.

God knew that along with the freedom of choice He grants all of the people He created there would be two kingdoms operating on this earth. They would be as opposed as Spirit and flesh (Rom. 8), because one would be ruled by the Spirit and one ruled by the flesh. Therefore, He had to establish two forms of government that would likewise be diametrically opposed in every way. While we are commanded to pray for earthly rulers, and we are commanded to submit to their laws: just or unjust [like Jesus did], nowhere are we told to trust in them, hope in them, or join them.

This world will not be saved. America will not be saved. Only souls can be saved, and that requires our total fealty to the real King of the real kingdom. We are to be good soldiers who fight for them, not who enmesh themselves in political causes and candidates. I fear those who do cannot see, and do not understand the kingdom of heaven on earth. They try to straddle a fence that cannot be straddled, and are effective in neither kingdom because they allow the counterfeit to sap their time, energy, and focus away from the genuine article that demands their time, energy, and focus. Here we go again.

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