Kingdoms in Conflict

Kingdoms conflict

“Let’s get something straight,” columnist Cal Thomas recently wrote, “America has never been a ‘Christian nation.’”

While that statement may be shocking to some, it’s true. For those who disagree Thomas asks, “What part of our history was uniquely Christian? Was it when slavery was legal? How about when women were denied the vote? The Gilded Age? The Roaring ’20s?”

The Bible never speaks of a nation, business or college being “Christian.” “The disciples were called Christians…”(Acts 11:26). The two other times “Christian” is used also speaks to the individual relationship with Christ. All Christians are a part of God’s Kingdom (Col. 1:13).

Jesus affirmed that His Kingdom “was not of this world” (Jn 18:36). It was not founded on worldly principles. It is not carnal in its nature. Its purpose is not secular. Nor is its means, methods and message political. Everything about Christ’s Kingdom is spiritual.

However, we all have citizenship in an earthly Kingdom. ThePreachersWord has reached into over 180 countries and territories around the world. While the United States of America is a Republic, other countries employ a different political system. Laws, customs, and traditions vary from one country to another. And laws change. Sometimes not for the better, as we are witnessing in our country. As a result the citizen of God’s Kingdom will sometimes find himself in conflict with the Kingdoms of men.

In the USA we have enjoyed religious freedom and been able to exercise the right to practice our faith free from governmental interference. While some may feel that right is being threatend, Christians do not have the right to impose their religious and moral beliefs upon non-believers under the guise that America is a “Christian nation.”

Issues of abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage are moral issues, yet the laws of our land contradict God’s law. They are two kingdoms in conflict. So what is a Bible Believer to do?

In the recent case of the Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, she refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple because it violated her conscience and religious beliefs. We can debate the wisdom of her decision, despise the law that allows the license, and deplore the moral decline in our country. But we need to realize that values of the spiritual Kingdom have never completely been embraced by earthly kingdoms. And why not? Because unbelievers don’t believe! They don’t understand Christians’ perspective. The Bible expresses it this way.

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)

In fact, past efforts by the Moral Majority, the Christian Coalition, and the Religious Right have been ineffective. Abortion is still legal. And now same-sex couples may marry. Maybe it’s time for Christians to realize that political pressure is not God’s plan for changing this world. The Kingdom of God will not exercise influence over the kingdoms of men by force, legislation, or partisan politics.

God calls us to impact the world in two ways:

(1) Through our influence of living “soberly, righteously, and godly” (Titus 2:14). Light-shining involvement is what Jesus preached in the Mountain Message (Matt 5:14-16). Spiritual transformation, instead of mindless carnal conformity to the world’s deeds and desire, can truly make a difference.

(2) Share God’s message of salvation to a lost world (Mk. 16:15). The Bible warns against using carnal weapons in a spiritual warfare (2Cor 10:5). The power to change the worldly kingdom does not reside in politics or policies but in the power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16). Through God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice, hearts can be touched, lives can be changed and sinners can be redeemed,

In the meantime John’s advice is appropriate for Christians: “Do not love the world or the things in the world….the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (I Jn 2:15-17)

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

 

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3 responses to “Kingdoms in Conflict

  1. David

    We here in America,we may be the first nation to ever even have a say or a vote in how our country is run Most peoples have lived under a King,dictator or some other heavy rule.I think for the most part when we would finally get it right God blessed this nation. We did this by acting in our government, both believers and non.We have been going down a path that is very anti God and we will be required to stand for something. I like the quote “The time has arrived for comfortable Christianity to give way to CONVICTED Christianity. Yes if we are truly believers we will show love, forgiveness and a true conviction. What if these are test? Will we pass?

  2. There is no doubt, nor should there ever have been, that the majority of mankind is through its own actions doomed for eternity. While only a few faithful shall find eternal peace.
    Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
    The point can be discussed, or even argued that a just, loving God would not be so mean as to punish the overwhelming majority of mankind. But the Bible, His word, says otherwise. If you want to argue the point, remember you will be arguing with the Lord Himself.
    Read John 3:1-21 to find out how it’s done.

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