Politics of the Kingdom
As we have watched a deepening
rift threaten the social fabric of the nation, propelled by political
dichotomy – not just among politicians but the people, some are asking,
“Can we come together again?”
Even more worrisome for me recently, is the stealth with which this rift creeps into Christian communities and church circles. The trick is that it often begins informally, almost harmlessly, until the people are divided into camps. Echoes of this are in religious news and on social media.
Divisions are lethal weapons in the hands of the enemy. They are effective at sucking a people hollow from within, until it only takes a mild wind of adversity to finalize the damage.
As an under-shepherd, I have felt burdened with the covert effects of this trend. I believe that the calling of a pastor carries a prophetic element to it. I am motivated to offer a reminder because in my reflections, I am fairly convinced that if the New Testament writers were to live among us today, in our social and political context, their message would be a renewed call to remembrance; calling to mind the Kingdom of our lasting citizenship, and from that standpoint to engage for the best welfare of the land of our sojourn.
How might the Scriptures do this for us?
In the coming Thursdays, I want to share some personal reflections in a series I will simply call The Politics of the Kingdom. Paul uses a term for us in 2 Cor. 5:20 that can be rendered ambassadors. We are, in a sense, like diplomats. As we watch and engage our human politics, we do so with a keen eye toward the interests of our ‘home kingdom’ – of our King and His mission within this land. That is all I mean by the politics of the Kingdom. I have no desire or stomach for human, partisan politics here.
The nature of our bond as God’s people does not (and cannot) derive from our ability to win temporal arguments, political or otherwise. It comes from being persuaded by a higher, transcendent purpose. The politic of our eternal homeland.
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