Posted by: Harry Sasnowitz | August 20, 2017

Jesus, Politics and the Church: A New Covenant Perspective

We live in some crazy times.

When we expose ourselves to messaging that ultimately becomes a hindrance to abiding in love, perhaps we need to ask ourselves how necessary or vital it is to expose ourselves to such messaging. Personally, I can’t live in the “rest” of God and look at humanity through the eyes of Christ while continuing to expose my heart to the messaging that’s emanating from this world’s power structures; namely, the media, the political establishment, and other associations that are in bed with this world’s political and governmental order.

Christ’s kingdom is not of this world, and ultimately, He’s not going to use this world’s political and governmental order to bring the change to people’s lives that’s really needed. Rather, He’s going to use human vessels (the likes of you and I) to demonstrate a different reality than that which is demonstrated through this world’s order. Things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, etc…. within the context of our relationships (with believers and unbelievers) in the midst of all of this world’s mess.

How do I love others as Christ loves me? Who in my relational sphere is the “neighbor” that Jesus would want me to reach out to, walk with through their suffering, love, encourage or bless in some way? I believe these are the questions we should be asking ourselves (and God) at this time. For the most part, mainline Christianity is not only asking the wrong questions, but is actively engaged in the wrong arena.

When Paul said that the world is “eagerly awaiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19)”, I assure you, he wasn’t referring to people campaigning for Trump, Hillary or Bernie; nor was He pointing to the Family Research Counsel or other organizations (left or right, doesn’t matter) that are trying to enforce their value system upon society through this world’s political and governmental order.

Spare me your political conservatism or progressivism pitch. Jesus and His kingdom ways transcend both.

Jesus saying, “My kingdom is not of this world” and “the Kingdom of God is within you,” along with Paul saying, “We are foreigners on this earth” and “we’ve been translated into the Kingdom of His Son” is all becoming clearer to me. This is more than theology, folks. It’s reality, and has implications on how we live and operate in this world, as ones that are not of this world.

What this world needs is a living demonstration of the life and love of Jesus through the likes of you and I; a demonstration of the reality of an entirely different kingdom that transcends this world’s political and governmental order. God wins people’s hearts through love. The degree to which the Church embraces Christ’s kingdom reality and incarnates this reality through lives well lived in His love, is the degree to which true transformation of human hearts (and therefore, society) will take place.

 

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