I’ve been reading God & Government: An Insider’s View On The Boundaries Between Faith & Politics by Charles Colson. In the chapter “King Without a Country” Colson describes the political atmosphere of first century Palestine, and how His Kingdom was received then. Not much differently than how it is received now. He writes:
His message, then, assumes the ultimate authority man requires: God rules every aspect of what He has made. Life, death, relationships, and earthly kingdoms are all in His hands.
This totality of God’s authority is a major reason many non-Christians resent Christianity, seeing it as an excuse for religious zealots to try to cram absolute orders from their God down others’ throats. But when Christ commanded His followers to “seek first the kingdom of God,” He was exhorting them to seek to be ruled by God and gratefully acknowledge His power and authority over them. That means that the Christian’s goal is not to strive to rule, but to be ruled.
When we, as Christians, face resentment because our involvement in politics and government we need to ask ourselves what are we striving for? This extends beyond politics do we live life striving to be ruled by God?
What do you think?
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