(Due to technical problems there will not be a video of John reading the Catch today.)
Soon, citizens of the United States of America will exercise a privilege many citizens do not have in this world. We will participate in our own government’s mid-term elections. We will choose representative leaders and we will vote on various rules and laws that impact our lives and our government. It is a great privilege, but it is deeply flawed, as are we. Our “kingdom” is not next to godliness. It is a country of imperfect people lead by imperfect leaders. In short, this is a wonderful country but it goes so far. This is America; it is not the kingdom of God.
This is why we must temper our arguments and or emotions. Our country is not even mentioned in the Bible, nor is there any great power in biblical prophesy of the end times represented as coming from the West. We have an inflated idea of ourselves. We are way too self-important. As Rob Stutzman said in our BlogTalkRadio interview Tuesday night, we need to get over ourselves, get down on our knees and start washing some feet.
So vote, because it is our privilege and responsibility as citizens, but do not hang your hopes on this government, nor think that this government has the capability of acting as the kingdom of God on earth.
The kingdom of God is something else. The kingdom of God is not a democracy ruled by an elected president; it is a kingdom ruled by a King. We don’t vote on our laws in the kingdom of God; we already have them. They have been handed down from above. Nor do we vote on our King; we serve Him.
The kingdom of God is here, but it is also in every other government and every other nation on earth. It’s a kingdom where people love and obey the King of kings. He alone is Sovereign and His rule is forever. Amen.
Therefore, there is no “Christian vote” because the systems of elected government are way too ambiguous to operate at every level on the values of the kingdom of God. With only two parties to choose from, politics is all about compromise. Some Christians will choose one side because certain issues are important to them. Other Christians will choose the other side for the same reason. Both will swallow certain issues they disagree with for the sake of the ones they deem more important, and herein lies the compromise. Thus Christians will (and should) vote all over the political map, and this is a good thing. So temper all arguments, and love your enemies.
We must see this earthly kingdom as what it is – human and fallible – and refuse to enter into the divisiveness and vitriol that is everywhere today. We want to be on good terms with everyone for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is commonly said that there are two subjects to be avoided if you want to stay out of an argument with anyone: politics and religion. It is good to remember that the kingdom of God is not determined by either.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king (who at the time of this writing was one of the worst dictators in history). (1 Peter 2:13-17)