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Political Christians

I keep meeting political Christians where ever I go.

And it’s a tragedy.

Jesus Christ was not political. There were many times he could have discussed Rome’s politics of the day. It was well-known that whatever was discussed in the Forum of Trajan and the Pantheon spread throughout all of the Roman empire.

Yet Jesus never engaged in the politics of the day – he focused on the Gospel.

I don’t care who wins in 2012. I care about lost souls. I care about the imminent return of our Lord and Savior.

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December 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Wow. Can’t believe any history reading, or Bible reading Christian could come to that conclusion. Jesus clearly was disgruntled at the hypocrisy of exacting taxes and said so….

    After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
    “Yes, he does,” he replied.
    When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own sons or from others?”
    “From others,” Peter answered.
    “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” (NIV)

    Interesting not only that Jesus commented on their political corruption – (and didn’t tell them not to complain) but actually showed how God would allow us to supersede the issue not by taking OUR money, but having it supplied by God.)

    From a historical viewpoint it was Christianity that influenced nearly every major country that has impacted the world for Christ whether it was the Scandinavian countries, the English, the Scottish or – in our age – America. It was the Great Awakening and George Whitefield that changed the concept of accountability to God through a government versus a direct relationship through the local church INDEPENDENT of government. Thomas Paine’s COMMON SENSE is a theological argument on why it is biblical to resist tyranny SO THAT YOU CAN SERVE GOD. (Don’t think the Israelite’s had a political objection to Egyptian tyranny REGARDLESS of their spiritual placement? God goes to GREAT lengths to explain how the government of nations should work beginning even BEFORE the Mosaic law.)

    God has used America for centuries as a frontline instrument to evangelize the world PRECISELY because our Founders felt that was it’s calling.

    I agree that not EVERY ONE has been called to “take dominion” of the Earth in the realm of government. But to argue against those who are called to do so (like Wilberforce in England) would be as silly as arguing that your film making isn’t scriptural because Hollywood is evil or you are making people PAY (ether by admission or advertisement) for the gospel.

    I encourage you to read Peter Marshall’s The Light and the Glory or The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success by Rodney Stark

    Comment by PolitiJim (@politiJim) | April 26, 2014 | Reply

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