The Kingdom of God and the U.S. Presidential Race

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  1. Jeff says:

    Matthew 5:43-8
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbori and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Reply 1 Timothy 2:1-8
    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—or kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing

    Colossians 4:5-6
    Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

    I think we need to be aware of our witness to the candidates themselves. If we are treating them the same way and saying the same things as the world does are we really being salt and light? Particularly if some are publicly at least seeking our input, bringing us into their administration and trying to align their platform with our beliefs and values and trying to get a Supreme Court that is favorable to us and our beliefs. I know that many are witnessing to at least one of them, and I do not want the church to contradict this witness or be throwing stones, especially in light of our own inherent darkness and the forgiveness, love, mercy, and grace which delivers us from it and is being extended to them as well.

    2 Samuel 19:6a You love those who hate you and hate those who love you….

    1. g says:

      Pray for them yes! but support them, surely we can know these two are just using the church. Please remember that the deception is described as so great that; ” even the elect, if possible”.

  2. Brian says:

    I am utterly stunned at the divisive and judgmental statement that ” In my view, those Christians who turn against fellow brothers and sisters in Christ because of their loyalty to a political party or a political candidate may reveal that they are not members of the kingdom of God.” meaning that if a person endorses Trump and is not nice to other Christians they might not be a Christian. Wow.

    1. g says:

      imagine how “stunted” the Southern Baptist were in 1939 then after endorsing Hitler in 1936. So maybe History will show this a gentle reminder of history instead of a judgement or division.

    2. Scott says:

      Did you ignore the Biblical support for that statement? Also, the author said nothing about not being “nice,” although you would be hard pressed to find Scriptural support for not being compassionate and gracious with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

  3. g says:

    “In my view, those Christians who turn against fellow brothers and sisters in Christ because of their loyalty to a political party or a political candidate may reveal that they are not members of the kingdom of God.” In one way I am sad to see this development and am praying for their salvation. But in another way it is being made evident that there never was a Christian “moral majority”. So the true church has never been more than what the Bible says it is: a humbled immoral minority who are trusting in the blood of Jesus to cover past, present, and future sins as evidenced by our new improving God given moral desires. We who have this hope are not surprised by the anger or paranoia we see in some church leadership of other wise gospel healthy churches. We are not fooled. Our hope was never supposed to be in this place anyway. There is nothing wrong. We are grateful that those who have been hidden in good churches for all these years are now being exposed. We are told in scripture true believers can flourish under any system of government, even a failed one. The true church was never a group of people in a building, in a town, in a state, in a country, under a government anyway. The true church is sprinkled in those places and has never been in any danger. So what’s the real problem? Perhaps some church leaders are afraid of losing the “benefits” of culturally excepted Christianity. They must amp up the importance of this election or lose the flock of those who want Christ’s message to be behavior modification. If Behavior modification is the end of all things, then what ever means or kind of men you choose to get that done don’t matter, just so long as these men have the “final solution” as to those who are good enough to remain. But Christ has told us better than that. Maybe the number of these behavior modification church leaders is a larger number than we knew until this election. It is the best time of all to be alive as a Christian in the USA. We really don’t fit in to many politically partisan churches anymore now. How great an assurance of salvation then is coming to those of us who expect to lose. What a great assurance of salvation to those who never had much to lose. According to scripture even the elect will be ultimately fooled, if that were possible. So we are not surprised to see the church leadership act this way. Praying for us now.

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