Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this world. -- John 18: 36 (ESV)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. -- Philippians 3: 20-21 (ESV)
A week separated from the election and we can begin to see that the real loser was not Hillary Clinton. The real loser was the church and its witness for Jesus Christ. God has a plan beloved. That plan has nothing to do with the carnal politics of man. It has nothing to do with this temporary life so many of us now enjoy. When Jesus walked the earth his disciples thought He was going to deliver them from the oppression of Rome just like the church thought God would deliver them from their perceived oppression under the Obama administration. In both cases Jesus had another plan. That plan was deliverance of the world from the oppression from Satan and sin. The plans of Jesus Christ have not changed beloved. Just like He was apolitical when He ministered on the earth, He is apolitical now. Why? Our first key verse explains it perfectly.
Simply put; we are fighting for the wrong kingdom. The kingdom of He whom we call Lord and Savior is not of this world, yet we fight for this world so viciously and with such zeal it is easy for people to get confused. Jesus is speaking to Pilate here. He is facing His own death. The cross lies just ahead of Him. Pilate is trying to get Him out of this because he does not want a part in what the Jews are conspiring to do. Note however the explanation Jesus gives him. If this earth were the kingdom of Jesus Christ then His servants would have been fighting. The truth is that the Bible says that Jesus overcame this world. That we are supposed to overcome it as well through Him and His glorious resurrection. That we are to be a shining city on a hill showing the way out of this world. Not to be fighting for it. The second set of key verses reminds us that our citizenship is not of this world anymore if we claim to belong to King Jesus. There is no dual citizenship beloved. God does not desire for us to be split between His kingdom and the one of this earth. We are to come out from among them. Light is not to have any fellowship with darkness. None.
I know this flies in the face of a lot of poor teaching out there today. I know that most pastors and Christian leaders speak about a biblical responsibility to vote but there simply is none. Period. I know that the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation and the Seven Mountains Mandate have skewed Christian thinking into being servants of this world instead of servants of Christ. Most Christians fail to remember that they gave up their citizenship in America the day they picked up their cross to follow Christ. So it was bad enough that so many in the church chose to ignore all of this but so many took it even further. They claimed God was choosing one of the two evil choices the world presented. They wrapped up a man so blatantly unchristian in the Bible. They pretended he was saved. They compared him to a second coming of Elijah or fulfilling an already fulfilled King Cyrus prophecy. Now that Donald Trump has won, they are doing a spiritual victory lap. Claiming God chose this evil. That they merely interceded for it and God answered their prayers. The problem is that there were other saved individuals praying on the other side. Hispanic Christians praying a man with such little regard for them would not be elected. Female Christians praying a man with such distasteful views of women would not get elected. Christians in general who believed there was no way this man could be considered the lesser evil. So who was right? When Christians are praying in such direct opposition to each other's desires it begs the question of veracity. Who was right? The winners will claim the victory proves them right but remember this world is not of His kingdom. Jesus does not ask His servants to fight for it. No beloved. The truth is neither side was right and the true victim here is the witness for Christ the church so casually tossed aside in their blind pursuit of carnal electoral victory. We are already starting to see the consequences:
I had already written about how major secular news sources had begun reporting on the blatant hypocrisy shown by Evangelicals in the run up to Election Day. Bill Maher actually thanked Donald Trump last week for proving beyond a doubt the hypocrisy of the Evangelical Church. Now many may try to be dismissive of this. After all, Maher hates Christianity and is an atheist. That is the point actually. Bill Maher and the millions of people who watch him should be our target audience. They are the people we are supposed to be a shining city on a hill for. They are who we are supposed to be redeeming the time for. They are the people who need to hear the Gospel and thus need our witness very badly. The link above is to an article that appeared yesterday. It is entitled, "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?" In it, Khristi Adams delves into the dilemma she faces and many who consider themselves part of the church. The division that comes from fighting for the wrong kingdom:
I've been paying close attention to how our Christian leaders are responding. On the one hand, one leader says that she's never had such a heavy heart preparing for a Sunday morning before, while another tweeted that he believed God's hand intervened Tuesday night to "stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control." One leader says they're angry and want to see God's justice during this "trying time for our nation" while another in his excitement, prayed God would grant the newly elected leader with "the heart of David, the vision of Daniel and the wisdom of Solomon." Huh? Which one is it exactly? -- Khristi Adams
Ms. Adams is 100% correct. Which one is it exactly? The majority of the American church may be doing a celebratory dance but at least 25% of the church is laying in sackcloth and ashes. The 75% will accuse the minority of not supporting biblical values while the minority will accuse the 75% of supporting a morally bankrupt candidate. Both are right and both are wrong. The damage has been done within the body of Christ because we failed to adhere to the Word of God.
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. -- 1Corinthians 1: 10 (ESV)
Specifically here, Paul is admonishing the Corinthians for being divided over who they claim to be following. Some said they were following Paul, some Cephas, and others said they were following Christ. Such a division is easier to spot and correct one would think although with the high rate of pastor worship in the church today that also might be debatable. The overall point here however should not be lost. These verses this year could be speaking about following Trump or Hillary instead of Christ. The body of Christ is meant to be one body. We are meant to be unified by correct doctrine. How can one Christian be praying that Donald Trump be anointed with a Spirit of King David and another be praying that God expose his evil works of darkness? But preacher! What about praying for our leaders! For starters I would be curious if our prayer lives were so solemnly pious when the winner was not who we wanted but looking past that let us examine the text referenced:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers,, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. - 1Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)