Two Minutes With The Bible: Christ And Politics

 

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Christ And Politics

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
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Astronaut John Glenn in politics — running for the U. S. Senate! It seems odd to think of him in a political role, but evidently he feels he can serve his country best in politics.

But did you ever think of Christ’s relation to politics? He came into this world, remember, as a King. The very opening words of the New Testament are: “Jesus Christ, the Son of David…” (Matt. 1:1). This emphasizes the fact that He came from the royal line. John the Baptist had gone forth as the King’s herald, to prepare His way, and the twelve apostles proclaimed His royal rights as they preached “the gospel of the kingdom.” This was all in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David…” (Isa. 9:6,7).

Instead of crowning Him King, however, they nailed Him to a cross and wrote over His head His “accusation”: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Actually our Lord had come especially, this first time, to be rejected and crucified for the sins of men. Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and other Old Testament passages had predicted that at His first coming He would be despised and rejected. Matt. 20:28says of this coming: “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Our Lord did not die an untimely death; the cross was not a useless sacrifice. He knew that man’s greatest need is moral and spiritual — that his sins must be paid for if he is not to be condemned forever before the court of eternal Justice. So in love He came to be rejected and suffer and die “the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (I Pet. 3:18).

He will come again to judge and reign as all prophecy indicates, but for the present He deals with mankind in grace. Eph. 1:7 says that “in [Him] we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” and Rom. 3:24 declares that believers are “justified freely by [God’s] grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”


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10 thoughts on “Two Minutes With The Bible: Christ And Politics

  1. I’m listening to Pastor Levon Yuille on the radio and he’s speaking (as a black conservative) about the importance of Christian activity in politics.
    I add to what he says by saying that if we want Christ in government, it will have to be through His body, the Church.

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  2. “Funny” thing, our pastor Brother Bill PREACHED ON THIS VERY SAME SUBJECT TODAY! If this is not a message from God, I don’t know what is. You Christian MUST start getting involved in local politics or we are lost.
    Thank you everyone for your always inspiring comments.

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  3. To me, this article comes very short of its title but, from reading Ed and your comments, SOMEBODY gets it! NOT ME. 😦
    I SO wish I did know how Christ felt about, for example, immigrants; if you went by some Scripture, you’d feel He wants them ALL HERE, getting all they can get; our giving to the poor, the needy, the meek… etc.
    This is tough stuff. Would he want a strong sovereign America or would he feel one world of people loving Him and nobody much richer than others, etc etc., is the Way?
    I choose to think a healthy, sovereign America that CAN help others is His wish…but……….!!

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    1. Since this is the “age of Grace” and not the “Kingdom age” (when Christ will physically sit on the throne in Jerusalem), I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Christ want’s us a strong sovereign nation under Him. There’s nothing wrong with immigrants but allowing an invading force bent on our destruction into our nation unfettered is just plain insanity. But it seems like most things are upside down nowadays.

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      1. That’s a good answer, Sparky, thanks. You’re right..what we’re basically allowing IS insane. Still, He does want us to care for those who haven’t what we have. That certainly doesn’t preclude keeping ourselves a sovereign nation…. thanks…I still feel this is a curious subject…but you are right.

        (do you go by Sparky in ‘real life’, by the way?!! It’s so cute!)

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        1. Thank you Z, that’s kind of you to say so. It’s really from Jesus, though, it’s His wisdom I rely on. When I learned to “rightly divide the Word of truth” (see II Timothy) is when everything in the Bible began to make sense. Some writings are not for us BUT they are all for our guidance and instruction. The writings of the Apostle Paul (our Apostle to the Gentiles) is directed for us.

          My Christian name is Pamela, however, many of my friends call me Sparky now but I’ll answer to anything if there’s food involved. giggle I got the handle Sparky when I was a Volunteer Firefighter here in Pierce County, Georgia. (Guess I have a mascot nature) Kinda stuck.

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          1. Everything in the Bible makes total sense to me; I think that’s why your post confounds me…if we listen to the words of Jesus, we could definitely interpret that He’s saying it’s all about THE PEOPLE, not AMericans, or Brits, etc., that we must help the people. I can’t see Jesus sending immigrants back to misery.
            But, I choose to believe what your post and the comments above say because I DO love America and do believe in our sovereignty. of course, it’s our strength that has made it possible to help others…ugh…much to think about!!

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