Greetings in the Lord,
I had a friend give me a book a couple years back called, “Blinded By Might,” by Cal Thomas, and I read the book, liked it a lot and then promptly put it back on my shelf. But, off the shelf it came this last week as some of the chapters came back to my feeble memory. Cal Thomas begins chapter three with these words
“A woman approached me after Sunday services and asked with frustration in her voice, “How can we persuade some republicans not to withdraw from the party because they don’t agree all the time with other republicans?” She was, of course referring to conservative Republicans who were threatening to bolt from the party because it would not take a strong stand against abortion.
Taking advantage of this unique church-state moment, I replied, “You can’t apply the principles of a kingdom not of this world to a kingdom of this world. The purists want to apply the principles of a kingdom that knows no compromise to a kingdom that is all about compromise.” What this woman and many like her do not realize is that where politics is about power, the Christian faith is about truth. Whenever you try to mix the two, power usually wins, at least for the short haul.
Please don’t misunderstand us. We are not calling people of faith to settle for a lesser or weaker power. Rather, we are challenging them to utilize a superior and more effective power. To those who suggest that any compromise with political purity is a call for retreat from the public square, we say it is nothing of the kind. It is in fact, a call for enlistment in another army that has better weapons, a superior battle plan, and a far better Commander-in-Chief than any candidate for high political office.”
There are many Christians who think that the key to transforming this world is to beat the opponent at their own game, and what we’ve done is reduce the Christian faith to a series of political positions instead of “A Kingdom Not Of This World!.” Jesus was indeed a “King,” but not like one this world has ever seen or will ever see again. The power of His Kingdom will never use the same weapons or the same battle plan as the kingdoms of this world. It is my prayer that the subjects of this Kingdom would be fully engaged in every arena of life, including the political one, but His subjects must realize that “His Kingdom is within us.” And this power is released as we are “in the world, but not of it.” True transformation can never be legislated by a vote (although laws provide a protective boundary). True transformation cannot be accomplished by worldly power…it can only be accomplished through spiritual rebirth….when hearts are remade and minds renewed.
So as you read these words after an election you will either be extremely happy in your victory or extremely disappointed in your defeat. Here is my encouragement “For although we live in this world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Cor. 10:3,4) The power of the gospel cannot be legislated, but it can be shared by committed individuals living it out in every arena of the Word….can you hear the walls collapse and the fortresses fall?
Wearing the Armour of Love,
P.S. It scares me that Kingdom dwellers sometimes forget that those who are not influenced by the Holy Spirit…will not think like Kingdom Dwellers. And we
forget that it was that same Spirit that changed our thoughts, our attitudes, and our priorities. Yes I believe in fighting for what’s right, and yes I believe in
protecting those who cannot protect themselves…but let us not forget “our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, it’s against spiritual forces” (Eph. 6)…and the only way
you can have victory in that realm is through God’s Spirit working in you and through you….as He prepares others for “the message of Christ.” And then real change can occur!