The Church and Politics

I am writing as a concerned citizen of two kingdoms–the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God.

As a citizen of the kingdom of man, I have a responsibility to submit to the government, “For their is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1 ESV).  I must also pray for the governing authorities (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

However, I am also a citizen of the kingdom of God.  As a citizen of the kingdom of God, living in the kingdom of man, I am not to be of the kingdom of man (John 18:36).

Yes, I have a civil responsibility, but when the kingdom of man goes against the kingdom of God, I must side with the kingdom of God (Acts 5:29).

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention also that the church should not seek to assert its authority or thirst for power through political means.  When the church does, it is no longer the church of Jesus Christ.

It’s more like the church that the 16th century reformers protested.

As a citizen of the kingdom of God, my orders come from above, from the teachings of Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

We need a revival.

The church accomplishes her mission not by the might of political leaders, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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2 Responses to The Church and Politics

  1. Lon Hetrick says:

    Amen. Agreed. I am concerned when Christians align politically in the name of a more moral or more free or more like-I-think-it-used-to-be America, while not seeing the the harm this does to the gospel and the church. Let us clarify where our allegiance lies. Christ alone.

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