GOD & GOVERNMENT

We are in the blessedly unique position to view history through the benefit of hindsight. To observe ancient Roman and modern European history more keenly than the Romans could have analyzed the Greeks or Persians. This current generation has been afforded the tools to scrutinize the minutiae of any previous generation or civilization throughout human history. With these tools we are now allowed to examine the course of human history and break down the singular events which shaped it entirely. We are in the thicket of our own forest, but this generation has the ability to see the whole forest with greater clarity. That greater clarity is provided by our modern institutions and technologies. 

You might assume that greater clarity would bring greater discernment in our time. As the Churchillian cliche goes, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” If we have a good map, we assume we won’t get lost on the way. But you still have to read the damn thing, and some maps aren’t easily figured out . . . If we were to take all the vast lessons of history and translate them into a roadmap, an atlas, or an instruction manual, we might assume it would be fairly easy to understand. All the major sins, pitfalls and follies we should strive to avoid; all the major virtues, victories and successes we should strive to achieve. That is how I basically view history, a large, detailed roadmap.

As a Christian, the Bible is my primary roadmap. The Bible contains the history of our Judeo-Christian faith and it’s traditions. The Bible tells the diverse story of mankind, from Eden to Egypt to the Roman empire. It is the adverse, personal account of the Jewish people and every trial they have faced, from Pharaoh Ramses to Pontius Pilate. It is the testimony of Jesus Christ. And I believe it to be divinely inspired by the breath of God, recorded by the hand of man. (See Revelation 19:10 & John 1:1 & 2 Timothy 3:16)

Therefore, I take the Bible as the principal guiding force in my life. I may primarily cover politics as a writer, and I may obsess over political theory, but my first obsession is the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Bible will always remain as my roadmap; my atlas.

As much as I love my country, I cannot begin to quantify my love for the Lord. As much as I seriously revere the US Constitution, I cannot begin to express the solemn reverence I hold toward the Bible. It is a sacred, holy book. I try to comprehend how limited our time is on earth, that we are merely temporary citizens, and ambassadors of Christ. (Philippians 3:20 & Ephesians 2:6,19) Paul reminds us that our citizenship is first in Heaven and our loyalty to the Lord is primary. 

It is important to remember that Heaven is a Kingdom, and although it is not political it is certainly governmental. The Kingdom of Heaven is a government structure, similar to a theocracy and the Bible is full of parallels, referring to Jesus as King and Judge.

Now, I have no desire to elaborate on “Kingdom Theology” or “Millennium Theology” at length in this article, but if you are a believer and this subject is new to you, I highly recommend Chuck Missler’s teaching on the “Kingdom Perspective” in his book, “The Kingdom, Power, & Glory”. I would also recommend “The Vision of God’s Building” by Witness Lee, and the letters to the Churches in Revelation, chapters 2 & 3 — if you want to specifically learn more about God’s governmental system and the Millennium.

As I briefly mentioned, God’s government, the Kingdom of Heaven, is set up similar to a monarchy. I would personally say it’s somewhere between a constitutional monarchy, theocracy, and an absolute monarchy, if I’m strictly using secular terms here. A monarchy is managed ultimately by one person — in this case, a King, namely, Jesus. You could properly view the Holy Bible as the Constitution and therefore the basis for governing, legislation, and civil life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Bible is more than a story book filled with life’s lessons, historic exploits and quaint quotations. It is the codified, divine law of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the Constitution of God’s government. As with any constitutional government, there are laws and rules and regulations. We serve the God of order and peace, not of disorder and chaos. (1 Corinthians 14:33) Whenever God established a new covenant with mankind, He established new rules and guidelines to follow. From Adam to Noah to Moses to Jesus, God either instituted new laws or added to them.

The Bible makes clear we serve a loving, wise, righteous, and just God of government, and we are to represent Heaven during our brief earthly lives as ambassadors of the King, Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

The modern, corporate Church is seemingly ignorant of our divine citizenship and forgetful of the history lessons the Bible alludes to: lessons of complacency in the face of tyranny, lukewarm religion, stagnant spirituality, deceit of riches, innocent blood spilled out, perverted & barbaric sin allowed in the high courts. We’ve forgotten where our loyalties should remain and we’ve ignored the history of the Jewish people — the very ancestors of our faith. We lack common sense in the Church and our collective voice does not command the respect it once did. We deny basic biology and say it’s OK if Johnny wants to be a girl or if Sarah wants to be a boy. We now say it’s OK if you self-identify as a purple unicorn or your favorite Disney character. Too many in the Church condone infanticide, pornography, homosexuality, witchcraft and the like. Too many in the Church turn a blind eye to slavery, child sex trafficking, incarceration camps, authoritarianism, government overreach and propaganda tools. The same toxic ideology that was popularized by the likes of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, has not only been allowed, but adopted in our highest institutions for generations, and Christians willingly go along for the ride. The very same ideology our grandfathers stormed Normandy and died to defeat, is being resurrected by our modern professors and politicians on our own soil.

We dare not speak against these things because we want to be tolerant and we don’t want to judge and we obey the command to love our neighbors as ourselves and we are so kind and we are so compassionate and we are so empathetic and we are so happy and we are so kind and we love, love, love . . . A lot of believers have memorized Matthew 7:1-5 and Ephesians 2:8 by heart and twist it out of context in order to avoid confrontation or responsibility. Dietrich Bonhoeffer called it “cheap grace”. Some today call it “hyper grace”. 

I would recommend those believers read and contemplate Ezekiel 33 when the Lord appointed him as watchman. I am not claiming everyone is called to be a watchman/prophet, but if you read Ezekiel 33 then you get my point: We have to run the risk of offending others in the pursuit of truth. We must exercise our right to free speech, even at the risk of offending others.

During His ministry on earth, Jesus Himself said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6) The pursuit of Truth alone is more significant than a person’s emotional output, no matter how significant the person is. If we don’t begin to use our God-given voices, we will wake up one morning having lost our man-made rights we took for granted. As believers, we aren’t supposed to judge or criticize, but we are supposed to warn, exhort, and edify when a fellow believer begins to steer off course. (2 Timothy 4:2 & 1 Corinthians 14:3) It is Christ’s job as Judge to condemn, and it is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict. (2 Corinthians 5:10 & 2 Timothy 4:1 & Revelation 3:21 & John 16:8)

I fear if we don’t begin to correct the course of this nation, we will have forfeited the divine blessings of Deuteronomy 28, swapping them for it’s curses. If we fail to return to the roots of the 1st century Church, we will have squandered the gains our brethren have made spanning millennia. Particularly squandering the gains made since our Puritan and Quaker brethren crossed the Atlantic to escape totalitarian tyranny and religious oppression. 

We cannot be remembered as the generation of lukewarm, complacent observers that forfeited the rights their forefathers died for. 

We cannot tolerate paganism in the Body of Christ. We cannot tolerate the mixture of the unholy and the holy, we cannot allow the profane with the sacred. (Ezekiel 22:26 & Ezekiel 44:23)

We must meet the moment. We must answer the call. If we fail to fight now, we will be recorded in the annals of Heaven as the generation of silent bystanders who sat on their hands, bit their tongues and looked the other way. And that is one thing no believer should tolerate.

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