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?

12 comments
  1. I think the difficulty comes not in whether we are ruling or being ruled (because most people, Christian or not, don’t want to be ruled either)but whether we are able to live a life that demonstrates freedom because we live under grace. Following Jesus shouldn’t imply a life of restricting rules but a life free to fully love our God and our neighbor with complete abandon. Those who are afraid of a Christian getting into political office may be basing their fears on the fact that so many of us struggle with understanding what our faith is supposed to be all about. All they’ve ever seen are Christians seemingly looking out for their own agenda. Godly humility is a rare commodity in political circles.

    Deb Burtons last blog post..A Really, Really Tough Question

  2. I think the difficulty comes not in whether we are ruling or being ruled (because most people, Christian or not, don’t want to be ruled either)but whether we are able to live a life that demonstrates freedom because we live under grace. Following Jesus shouldn’t imply a life of restricting rules but a life free to fully love our God and our neighbor with complete abandon. Those who are afraid of a Christian getting into political office may be basing their fears on the fact that so many of us struggle with understanding what our faith is supposed to be all about. All they’ve ever seen are Christians seemingly looking out for their own agenda. Godly humility is a rare commodity in political circles.

    Deb Burtons last blog post..A Really, Really Tough Question

  3. I think the difficulty comes not in whether we are ruling or being ruled (because most people, Christian or not, don’t want to be ruled either)but whether we are able to live a life that demonstrates freedom because we live under grace. Following Jesus shouldn’t imply a life of restricting rules but a life free to fully love our God and our neighbor with complete abandon. Those who are afraid of a Christian getting into political office may be basing their fears on the fact that so many of us struggle with understanding what our faith is supposed to be all about. All they’ve ever seen are Christians seemingly looking out for their own agenda. Godly humility is a rare commodity in political circles.

    Deb Burtons last blog post..A Really, Really Tough Question

  4. Living an integrated life is sometimes difficult.. we believers are good at compartmentalizing the sacred and the secular.. our view of ‘ministry’ often is limited to ‘church work’ instead of ‘kingdom work’. Whatever we do.. be it on Sunday or Monday morning.. wherever we are led.. we should do it with grace as the Spirit leads us.. not always easy.. especially with that humility Deb speaks of 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Lightening Up

  5. Living an integrated life is sometimes difficult.. we believers are good at compartmentalizing the sacred and the secular.. our view of ‘ministry’ often is limited to ‘church work’ instead of ‘kingdom work’. Whatever we do.. be it on Sunday or Monday morning.. wherever we are led.. we should do it with grace as the Spirit leads us.. not always easy.. especially with that humility Deb speaks of 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Lightening Up

  6. Living an integrated life is sometimes difficult.. we believers are good at compartmentalizing the sacred and the secular.. our view of ‘ministry’ often is limited to ‘church work’ instead of ‘kingdom work’. Whatever we do.. be it on Sunday or Monday morning.. wherever we are led.. we should do it with grace as the Spirit leads us.. not always easy.. especially with that humility Deb speaks of 🙂

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Lightening Up

  7. “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.” (Colson)

    You know, once upon a time I admired this guy and his writings.

    In this teaching he is accurate – we are to strive to follow the teachings of our God – we are servants in that sense of the meaning (which seems to be our goal).

    “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?” (Shane)

    Uh huh! This is my point exactly concerning politics and country (patriotism). I think we are not servants of our country as much as we are servants of our Lord. This is lost on many a Christian’s focus concerning where their faith should actually be. If Christians want to pull the strings of gov’t – then I am not sure they are much different than Constantine in that sense. They are placing their faith in the order of the country and its control – for the good or the bad – they must also accept those consequences.

    One can argue God directs us to politics – and we need to help determine our leaders. I would say this is nonsense…politics and kingdoms – these are man-made things. When we participate in the process of voting or campaigning – I am not sure what Christ has to do with any of that. Maybe a lot? Maybe absolutely nothing? I lean to the nothing side personally.

    SocietyVss last blog post..Christians Create a New Antagonist

  8. “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.” (Colson)

    You know, once upon a time I admired this guy and his writings.

    In this teaching he is accurate – we are to strive to follow the teachings of our God – we are servants in that sense of the meaning (which seems to be our goal).

    “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?” (Shane)

    Uh huh! This is my point exactly concerning politics and country (patriotism). I think we are not servants of our country as much as we are servants of our Lord. This is lost on many a Christian’s focus concerning where their faith should actually be. If Christians want to pull the strings of gov’t – then I am not sure they are much different than Constantine in that sense. They are placing their faith in the order of the country and its control – for the good or the bad – they must also accept those consequences.

    One can argue God directs us to politics – and we need to help determine our leaders. I would say this is nonsense…politics and kingdoms – these are man-made things. When we participate in the process of voting or campaigning – I am not sure what Christ has to do with any of that. Maybe a lot? Maybe absolutely nothing? I lean to the nothing side personally.

    SocietyVss last blog post..Christians Create a New Antagonist

  9. “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.” (Colson)

    You know, once upon a time I admired this guy and his writings.

    In this teaching he is accurate – we are to strive to follow the teachings of our God – we are servants in that sense of the meaning (which seems to be our goal).

    “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?” (Shane)

    Uh huh! This is my point exactly concerning politics and country (patriotism). I think we are not servants of our country as much as we are servants of our Lord. This is lost on many a Christian’s focus concerning where their faith should actually be. If Christians want to pull the strings of gov’t – then I am not sure they are much different than Constantine in that sense. They are placing their faith in the order of the country and its control – for the good or the bad – they must also accept those consequences.

    One can argue God directs us to politics – and we need to help determine our leaders. I would say this is nonsense…politics and kingdoms – these are man-made things. When we participate in the process of voting or campaigning – I am not sure what Christ has to do with any of that. Maybe a lot? Maybe absolutely nothing? I lean to the nothing side personally.

    SocietyVss last blog post..Christians Create a New Antagonist

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