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10 Reasons Why the Church Must be involved in Politics (3)

In this blog series, I am responding point by point to a column written by Greg Stier, the President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries entitled, “Ten Reasons Why Pastors Should Focus More on the Gospel Than on Politics.” Here’s Greg’s third point and my response.

3. It’s what Jesus calls us to do (Acts 1:6-8)

Yes, we are called to preach the gospel; however, the problem lies in our understanding of the scope of the gospel message. In Acts 1:6-8, the disciples, like much of the Church today, are focused on the second coming. They want to know when Christ is coming to establish His earthly kingdom. They are focused on leaving the planet instead of leading the planet! Jesus reminds them that God has the end already planned. They, instead, are to focus on being Spirit-empowered witnesses throughout the earth.

In Matthew 4:23, we read “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” Jesus preached “the gospel of the kingdom.” This is the same gospel we are commissioned to preach. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

What is the gospel of the kingdom?

The word kingdom means “king’s domain.” The gospel of the kingdom is the good news that Jesus is Lord over all creation. It is summed up in the declaration, “The Lord reigns!” The gospel we are admonished to share with others is that Jesus is Lord over everything, including civil government. The Apostle John reminds us that Jesus is the “Ruler over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 1:15) Jesus is the “King of kings and the Lord of lords” (I Timothy 6:15). A gospel that is limited to personal salvation alone, severely limits the full intent of God’s redemptive plan.

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  1. May 29th, 2012 at 15:10 | #1

    I love the point you make concerning the focus of the church through a wrong doctrinal point it embraces…. we are looking for the exit rather than taking dominion and bringing Yeshua’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven”.

    My heart is in Crown Point, under you, because of messages like this. For those that don’t know you on here as well I I and several others do, you are a man of incredible character, a great husband, father, pastor and friend. Your life exemplifies the message you have posted here… the church, G-d’s Kingdom, our careers, our government, our families and our communities- they are all various aspects of the life of a Believer and only “religion” and poor doctrinal positions separate those various aspects of one’s life in the “holy” and the “secular”. It’s all holy, as we read on every penny of our money- IN GOD WE TRUST.

    Great word, Dr. Ron. You’re in our prayers today!!

  2. May 29th, 2012 at 16:34 | #2

    Hi Ron,
    I appreciate your emphasis on Jesus’ main theme, the kingdom of God (heaven), and the point that this does relate to politics.

    I think Jesus came as the king (God’s anointed Messiah), but his kingdom was his disciples (not the kingdom of Israel); only his faithful disciples would obey him as Lord/king. Jesus’ redemptive plan is to give his disciples the Spirit, who will empower them to follow him faithfully and witness to him sacrificially. For when they preach the kingdom throughout the world as a witness to all nations, they will be hated by all nations (Mt. 24:9,14).

    This witness will include words before political rulers. The 1 Tim. 6:15 passage about Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords is preceded by mention of Jesus’ witness before Pontius Pilate (6:13); in 6:15 Jesus is also referred to as the “only Sovereign (Ruler), the King of kings and Lord of lords.” Like Jesus speaking before Pilate, his disciples will bear witness to the truth that his kingship is different from all the (violent) kings of the world (earth) (Jn. 18:36-37).

    Thus when Rev. 1:5 says Jesus is the faithful witness, and the ruler of the kings of the earth, it does not mean they are his kingdom. For the slaughtered Lamb stands in the midst of the throne in heaven and has liberated people for God from every nation (and its kings/lords) and made them a (new) kingdom (Rev. 5:6,9-10). After Rev. 1:5, the next mention of “the kings of the earth” is Rev. 6:15-17, where they, as well as the “great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and everyone, slave and free” hide from the Lamb on the throne (and his great day of wrath, the final judgment). All of those kings and kingdoms ask who can stand before the great day. The answer is in 7:9, where the new kingdom that comes out of every nation stands before the throne and the Lamb.

    Jesus is Lord over even civil government, but mostly as a witness against it, and as the final judge over it. As his disciples, we also should witness against its evils (and suffer persecution for it), and call some from every kingdom of earth to become disciples of the one true king.

  3. Ron Johnson
    May 29th, 2012 at 21:51 | #3

    Thanks my friend! You are loved and appreciated.

  4. Janet Jackson
    May 29th, 2012 at 22:21 | #4

    God’s View IS World View….What part of human History or human events is NOT important to GOD????? HE APPOINTS THE KINGS IN AUTHORITY OVER US!!!!!
    What part of ALL do people not understand?????????????
    Love you…………..

  5. May 31st, 2012 at 22:20 | #5

    Lucas,
    I love what you had to say. Good stuff! Thanks for joining the conversation.

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