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Friday, August 24, 2012

Translating the Humble Majesty of Jesus into Politics Today


Translating the Humble Majesty of Jesus into Politics TodaySo we live in two kingdoms:

As followers of King Jesus, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, willingly submitting to His loving lordship.

As human beings, we are citizens of earthly nations, kingdoms of men, willingly submitting to God-given authority.




Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Leadership: What Difference Will I Make?

Translating the Humble Majesty of Jesus into Politics Today


By Evan Nehring


Chuck Colson said: "What king would ever sacrifice himself for his people? Kings sacrifice their subjects, not themselves. What king would wash his servants’ feet, as Jesus did, or freely befriend his lowest subjects?"[1]
  • Earthly rulers are supposed to have an aura of power, mystery and grandeur.
  • But Jesus went to the last, the lost and the least.

Translating the Humble Majesty of Jesus into Politics Today

So this is a tough but important task: translating the humble majesty of Jesus into the politics of today.
  • But if we follow Jesus, we carry the Spirit of God into every aspect of our lives.
  • I like to wear my cross chain when I attend political meetings.
    • The cold steel on my chest reminds me that I’m an ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven.
R.C. Sproul said:
But God is not a mirror reflection of human rulers. He is God—and as such, is entitled to rule over all things. His character, as revealed in the Bible and in the person of Christ, reveals absolute justice, mercy, and love.[2]
We carry the character of King Jesus into all we do.
 

Two Kingdoms

So we live in two kingdoms:
  • As followers of King Jesus, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, willingly submitting to His loving lordship.
  • As human beings, we are citizens of earthly nations, kingdoms of men, willingly submitting to God-given authority.
The kingdom of God brings forgiveness and salvation to mankind. The kingdoms of man provide structures to restrain evil.
 
We are called to successfully navigate both kingdoms. We need to ask ourselves: Which kingdom created the other? These are two very different views which will color how we see the world.

Translating the Humble Majesty of Jesus into Politics Today

If man created God, then…

  • Man is the standard, the center of the universe, the measure of all things.
  • Man is good, because how could he not be, he’s the standard.
  • Man’s environment is responsible for his behavior.
    • People are all victims of what has happened to them.
  • Rights come from a group.
    • You have rights because you're poor, minority, female, or of an alternative lifestyle.

If God created man, then…

  • God is the standard, the center of the universe, the measure of all things.
  • Man is in need of a savior.
  • The individual is responsible for his own behavior.
    • People are to be held account, sometimes legally, for wronging others.
  • Rights come from God.
    • God gives all men the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of what groups they are in.

Question

Do you believe that God has given men and women both dignity and responsibility as we live in community together? Does it make a difference?


[1] Charles Colson. God and Government. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007), 95-96.
[2] R. C. Sproul. If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists? (Minneapolis: Dimension Books, 1978), 137.


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