Jesus doesn’t come along the seashore preaching about the Democracy of Heaven. He does not say, “Repent! The Democracy of Heaven is at hand!” No. He says, “Kingdom!”
There is a lot of religion and politics these days that doesn’t seem to know the difference. This seems odd to me since it was not so long ago that American Christianity typically made the mistake of assuming “The Kingdom of Heaven” meant “Heaven” – as in up in the sky, far removed from us “down here” on earth.
It seems a pendulum has swung. There is a feeling that the Republican Party is the “party of God” and can do no wrong even if it champions a self-professed, unrepentant “pussy” grabber. A feeling that God wants Republicans in charge and that they represent him because God is a fiscal conservative at heart who hates abortion and wants to end welfare.
No doubt a lot of us Christians are thoughtful enough to see through this, but the momentous wave of politics seems to sweep us up in it nonetheless, and somehow our critical thinking gets affected.
God against welfare? Really??? Have you listened to HIS Word lately?
The two greatest commands in God’s Word are LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS. The answer to Cain is “YES”, you are your brother’s keeper. The King in this Kingdom is a Shepherd of the flock! We are meant to follow wherever he leads, to depend on him utterly, and to share our blessings with one another fully.
As I see it, American politics AT OUR BEST (which isn’t that great, actually) pits love of God against love of others. Republicans/conservatives lament the loss of prayer in school and legal abortions largely because they seem so contrary to the will of God, whereas Democrats/liberals are not nearly so beholding to the Judeo/Christian God. On the other hand, Democrats/liberals seem to show far more care and willingness to sacrifice for the care of our needy brothers and sisters, whereas the Republicans/conservatives feel encroached upon by the needy and their claim on us through taxes. And in the America God “blesses”, my participation in politics boils down to this dichotomy, which tears apart the will of God – the first and second commands which are meant to go together.
The church in America has tried hard to have it both ways. But it’s not working. The Kingdom of Heaven is a Monarchy, not a democracy. When I was a kid, our approach to the needy was not so much to be our brother’s keeper, but to point their souls to heaven. Now it seems we search for ways to make them fiscally conservative like us so that we can finally have the utopia we desire in democracy.
This is a serious mistake.
The King has spoken. Listen to his Word. Do as the King says. Stop trying to reorder his world according to your desires, and trust the Shepherd King to order it beyond your wildest dreams. Take him at his Word. REPENT! THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!