A Framework for Faith/Spiritual Vision
Though the kings of the earth are proud in their spotless garments, after the flood-tide they will perish: one after another they pass away. The fair devoted King, Jesus, above the wave of the flood - blessed his birth from Mary; he remains after them all.
- Oengus mac Oengobann, Feilire Oengusso (Irish, 9th century)
"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."
- Revelation 4.11
Let's face it, the political situation in this country is discouraging. Look at the mayhem in Wisconsin and the bickering and harrumphing in Washington. The President thinks he's the Supreme Court and is able, unilaterally, to rule on the constitutionality of laws. Congress can't even pass a budget, much less curb its addiction to spending. There is more rancor and bad feeling among the electorate than I've seen in my lifetime.
Christians can't bail from this situation. We have to participate. We have to try to contribute by every legitimate means to help our government fulfill its God-given mandate to be a servant for good, and not for evil.
But we must not put our trust in politics or human government. We are citizens of a higher Kigndom, and we serve a King Who rules forever. Our first priority is to seek the Kingdom He has given us (Heb. 12.28). We must work out our salvation in fear and trembling. We have to become equipped for works of ministry, so that we can build strong and healthy churches (Eph. 4.11-16). We must proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and call the world to bow the knee to Jesus.
We have political responsibilities here and now, but we must pursue these always within the larger framework of the Kingdom of God and the agenda of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit which King Jesus is advancing thereby. We will be more responsible and effective citizens - and neighbors, co-workers, friends, parents, and everything else - if we will keep our eye on our ever-reigning King and seek to realize His Kingdom as our highest priority every day.
What will seeking the Kingdom of God look like for you today?
Today at The Fellowship of Ailbe
ReVision - More reflection on the state of politics in America. It ain't pretty.
In the Gates - We are considering this week the first of the lawful uses of God's Law - that of exposing sin.
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