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

May 29th, 2012 5 comments

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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