What Did Jesus Teach about Politics?
Part of the What Did Jesus Teach? series, this essay explores the teachings of Jesus.
Think about Your Brothers and Sisters
When I consider the question of how the teachings of Jesus fit into our current political climate, I realize that readers are likely to begin thinking about issues such as abortion, immigration, racism, social justice, and any number of other current issues as soon as they finish reading the chapter on the teachings of Jesus. That is a commendable inclination. If we are serious about Christ’s lordship in our lives, we should endeavor to apply that lordship to our engagement in politics as well.
When it comes to acting in a responsible and loving manner in the context of both their vertical connection with God and their horizontal relationships with other image bearers, they should surely be thinking about it.
Simply stating things in this manner encourages us to begin thinking clearly.
How We View Government
The first point has to do with our perceptions of the federal government. One particular occurrence in Christ’s life prompts us to take a more close look at the issue. When Jesus was confronted with a hostile audience in Mark 12:13-17, he was ready to trip him up with a question that would expose him to derision. Would he be willing to pay taxes to Caesar in his capacity as a teacher of everything that is “true”? He asked for a coin and took a moment to consider what was imprinted on it. “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s,” he said after seeing the image of Caesar.
The message of Jesus, on the other hand, might be accomplished simply by directing followers to “render unto Caesar.” He takes it a step further.
It has a legitimate task and a responsibility that it should carry out.
The concept and actuality of a Caesar are both big and mighty, but as soon as we place God in the same category as this earthly ruler, Caesar’s height is immediately and profoundly reduced.
During this time, earthly kingdoms will fall and sculptures will deteriorate. Their true significance lies in the fact that they mirror (often in a negative way) God’s higher reign. In the words of Jesus, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God.”
Hunter Baker, an award-winning professor, has written this guide to the essential issues inherent in politics, which will assist students in gaining a firm understanding of fundamental political thought. However, there is a legitimate zone of activity that belongs to the government, and it is not coextensive with the larger area that is governed by God. There should never be a misunderstanding between the government and the authority that underpins all authorities. As soon as governments go above and beyond tolerating sin and begin to celebrate it, they begin to hack away at the foundations of their own thrones.
My second statement regarding what Jesus teaches is a logical extension of my first point. Throughout Matthew chapters 24 and 25, Jesus makes a decisive declaration of his reign. He will sit on a majestic throne, not as some local chieftain governing over a tribe, or even as a great ruler of many regions, but rather as the King over all the nations, with their people assembled before him in adoration and submission. We hold dear our democracies and our rights to elect governments whose power is based on our approval or disapproval.
- But it is important to remember that Jesus is more than just a friend or a brother.
- Make no doubt about it.
- Not only is he a king, but he is also the one and only genuine King.
- I believe that one of the most important lessons to be learned from Israel’s wretched monarchy (which God forewarned the people against) is that there is only one man genuinely worthy of ruling.
- God is the source of all legitimate power.
- Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, we should be considerably more alert to the actuality of Jesus Christ’s kingship.
- However, we would be wiser if we recognized that his rule resembles that of the heaven depicted by C.
Lewis in his novel The Great Divorce (The Great Divorce, 1939).
It is exhilaratingly, dangerously, thrillingly, and devastatingly authentic.
For the most of my life, I have been interested in politics.
However, the more I grow older, the more it becomes evident to me that the most important thing I have to say about politics is that Jesus Christ is Lord and King.
Hunter Baker is the author of Political Thought: A Student’s Guide (Political Thought: A Student’s Guide).
from Baylor University and a JD from the University of Houston.
As an associate editor for the Journal of Markets and Morality, Baker is also a contributing editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, among other publications. Aside from that, he serves as a research fellow for the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
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Did Jesus Get Involved in the Contemporary Politics in Israel?
Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, the Christ, as well as the Son of God. He had the authority to govern over the entire country of Israel, and he exercised that authority. However, when we examine Jesus’ public ministry, we see that he stayed away from any engagement in the contemporary political concerns of his day, which is surprising. Jesus did not express his views on current political issues in his teachings. There is nothing in the New Testament that mentions Jesus Christ speaking out against any of the political concerns that were prevalent at the time of His death.
- He Refused to Be Appointed as King Jesus, on the other hand, refused to be the leader of any political movement.
- Jesus fled to a mountain by himself once more, this time knowing that they meant to come and compel him to become king by force (John 6:15).
- When Jesus revealed to his followers that he was the Messiah, he forbade them from informing the rest of the world about it.
- He didn’t tell anyone about his transformation, and no one was surprised.
- As they descended the mountain, Jesus told them not to tell anyone about what they had witnessed until the Son of Man had been risen from the dead (Matthew 17:9).
- Jesus departed from the area as he became aware of what was happening.
- Jesus did not incite the people to revolt against the Roman Empire.
They insisted, saying, “His doctrine incites people all across Judea, and he is a dangerous man.” He began his journey in Galilee and has traveled all the way to this place” (Luke 23:5).
Jesus declined to engage in an argument about whether or not to pay taxes to Rome.
Along with the Herodians, they dispatched their disciples to meet with him.
“Teacher,” they continued.
So, what are your thoughts on the matter?
Because he was aware of their wicked aim, Jesus said, “You hypocrites, why are you attempting to trap me?” “Please show me the currency that was used to pay the tax.” “Whose portrait is this?” he inquired as they presented him with a denarius.
As a result, they abandoned him and fled (Matthew 22:15-22).
Jesus’ demeanor stood in stark contrast to that of several false Messiahs who had come before him.
For a period of time, Theudas stood up and pretended to be someone important, and a group of around four hundred men joined forces with him.
Following in the footsteps of this man, Judas of Galilee rose up during the time of the census and pulled some others away with him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered across the land (Acts 5:36-38).
That is to say, you are not the Egyptian who a few years ago instigated a revolution and led the Assassins’ four thousand men into the wilderness?
The Kingdom of Jesus is not of this world system.
Pontius Pilate was informed by Jesus.
If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would be battling to save me from being given over to the Jews; nevertheless, my kingdom is not of this world, as is evident.” As a result, Pilate questioned Him, saying, “So you’re a king?” “You are accurate in stating that I am a king,” Jesus said.
“My voice may be heard by everyone who is of the truth” (John 18:36, 37).
This can be seen in a variety of ways.
He also chose to avoid conflict with the religious authorities.
Furthermore, he never incited the populace against the Roman Empire. In contrast to false Messiahs, all of this was accomplished. The rationale for His actions had everything to do with the nature of His kingdom, which was distinct from the world system.
A few weeks ago, I found myself in an American hotel room, channel surfing through America’s political news circus, when I came across two shows featuring religious leaders who were fiercely debating President Trump and the United States. In my capacity as an Australian priest, I was naturally interested in the viewpoints of my religious colleagues. One aspect of the concurrent presentations that especially captivated me was how the two presenters employed very religious language, including how they invoked God, how they referenced the Bible, and how they addressed a whole pantheon of religious subjects.
- It was a weird experience, as if I were living in two parallel universes at the same time, and I was witnessing how Christianity was being weaponized by both the right and the left of American politics at the same time.
- What I see is neither the Jesus of Nazareth I know from history nor the Christ of faith I know from my church.
- I’ll start by saying that I’m not even close to believing in the Jesus of American conservative culture.
- An image of Jesus who thinks that God assists people who assist themselves In the form of a Jesus who opposes biological evolution but who allegedly believes in a survival of the fittest commercial competition.
- Progressive politics is a business that deals in a secular Jesus who has been cleansed of anything that sounds overly religious.
- To the contrary, I find it uplifting that Jesus continues to be the endorsement that everyone seeks.
- The ludicrous anachronisms are, without a doubt, the most serious problem.
While there are valid arguments for and against gun regulation, there are also valid arguments for and against how to strike a balance between economic growth and environmental conservation.
However, arguing that Jesus favors one point of view while rejecting another is plain absurd and irresponsible.
In addition, I’m perplexed by the notion that Jesus was a 1st century brown-skinned Aramaic-speaking Jew who advocated for same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana.
What we witness here is the image of Jesus being twisted and deformed in an unpleasant manner on a regular basis.
Jesus is re-created in the likeness of Caesar or Che Guevara, depending on the version of the story.
Much more plausible is that Jesus, historical figure and exalted Lord, does not cleanly fit into any one political party or ideology.
He is not owned by any political party – as if the Lord of the Cosmos could be owned.
The political split in the United States cannot be projected onto, let alone owned by, Jesus.
And it is not whether Jesus is more conducive to Republican or Democratic parties, but rather whether Christians are willing to break away from the division of contemporary politics in order to participate in more true discipleship, that should be the subject of dispute for Christians.
Following Jesus does not imply becoming apolitical or disinterested in the concerns of government; on the contrary, it implies the reversal of these attitudes.
When it comes to love for the impoverished and prophesying truth against the dictator, Jesus’ approach is the only way to go.
Instead, Christians should be praying and reflecting on what it means to be a follower of Jesus in their own country and area, according to Scripture.
A theologian can tell you that in Christ, there is no Republican nor Democrat, Libertarian nor Green, Dixiecrat nor Republocrat, but that we are all one in Christ Jesus, and that there is no such thing as a Republican or Democrat.
We are not designating Jesus as our patron, but we are finding out how to truly follow him in a setting that is vastly different from his own.
To the contrary, we respond to Jesus’ call for his church to be “the light of the world” and “a city on a hill” (Matthew 5:14) by articulating a vision of human vocation and value that is rooted in the God who created and redeemed us in Christ.
Jesus and Politics
In the tale of Jesus, politics is at the heart of the narrative. His historical existence came to an end as a result of a political execution. The crucifixion was employed by the Romans to punish anyone who consistently defied imperial authority, such as chronically disobedient slaves and subversives who had gained a following. In Jesus’ era, a cross was always a Roman cross, no matter where you went. The crux of his message, like the rest of it, was political in nature: it was about the arrival of “the kingdom of God.” These are the first words said by Jesus in Mark, the earliest Gospel, and they serve as a synopsis of what the Gospel and the story of Jesus are all about before they ever begin (Mark 1:14-15).
- His zeal for the kingdom of God manifested itself in his teaching and activities, which he shared with others.
- Other kingdoms were known to Jesus’ audience members, including the kingdom of Herod and the kingdom of Rome (as Rome referred to itself in eastern parts of theempire).
- The kingdom of God is for the people of the world.
- Rather than focusing on how to improve our world, it is concerned with what life would be like on earth if God were the king and not the lords of dominance systems.
- It would be a world of economic fairness, in which everyone has access to the bare necessities of life on a daily basis.
- Economic justice and peace are “the dream of God,” or God’s longing for a better world, when they come together.
- His public involvement began with the imprisonment of his instructor, John the Baptizer, by the Roman-appointed governor of Galilee, which marked the beginning of his career (Mark 1:14).
- Jesus also employed political tactics, most notably in two public political demonstrations, to achieve his goals.
- First and foremost, he publicly denounced the temple as “a nest of robbers,” claiming that it had become a focal point of collaboration with Roman imperial control, including taxes (Matt 21:13,Mark 11:17,Luke 19:46).
- This is the political significance of the holiday of Good Friday.
Easter also has a political significance: it signified God’s affirmation of Jesus’ yearning for a reformed world while rejecting the powers of dominance that sought to eliminate him. Of course, Good Friday and Easter are about more than just politics—but they are also about more than just politics.
10 bible verses on government and politics
Can we all agree that we’ve gone a long way from the days of political advertisements that looked like Disney movies?
No way around it: politics are now a messy and volatile subject.
It wasn’t always such a carnage, as it is now, but it was once. Politicians would maintain a consistent on-screen persona, which was generally polished and professional. The realm of the behind-the-scenes was restricted to a carefully chosen exhibition. (And any damaging information that leaked would result in a massive scandal.) Nowadays, the environment is downright hostile. Tensions are rising, politicians are shamelessly vocal, battle lines have been formed, and any dispute will be brutally fought.
As a Christian, I wonder: what is God’s perspective on government?
What, exactly, would Jesus’ response to politics be – to elections, hearings, court cases, and laws – be like on this planet? How do we, as followers of Jesus, reflect him in the midst of all of this? What does the Bible have to say about politics? Here are a few passages from the Bible that speak about governance. ***
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:15-17 NIV
***After considering all of these Bible scriptures about government (or those that are connected to government), I have come to some of the same conclusions:
- God is the ultimate authority in all things. He is in complete command of the events of this world, and not only that, but they are all part of his master plan
- People are people, and God is God
- He is in complete command of the events of this world, and it is all part of his plan. He has the ability to work through people for good – no matter what seems on the surface, whether we agree or disagree
- It is part of our God-given obligation to submit to authority and to follow the rules of the game. But we must constantly remember that our first and foremost devotion belongs to God. We will not disobey him in order to serve the people
- The results of elections, court proceedings, or laws signed into law do not represent the conclusion of the tale
- And Getting involved in worldly affairs and disagreements does not advance our spiritual progress
- When we are more concerned with our own “rights” than we are about what is just, we are in trouble. We should constantly battle for what is right in God’s eyes. When it comes to becoming enraged about our “rights,” we might want to rethink our position a little. (1 Timothy 2:5
- Philippians 2:6
- The Bible instructs us not to do anything out of selfish ambition or conceit, that we regard the interests of others, and that we refrain from taking advantage of our “rights” – whether actual or perceived)
How about you?
What passages of scripture (whether these or others) do you discover that helps you see politics from God’s point of view? What are some of your favorite Bible scriptures on politics and government? P.S. I am well aware of how intense political discussions can become. Please be considerate and generous in your responses. Unkind remarks will be removed from this site. Scriptures are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® (NIV®), and are in the original language. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, and 2012 byBiblica, Inc.®Used with permission from the owner.
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What Does the Bible Say About Politics?
So, what passages of scripture do you discover (whether from these or other sources) that help you understand politics through God’s eyes? What are some of your favorite Bible scriptures on politics and administration? Regarding the P.S., I am well aware of how tense political discussions can get. Thank you for your consideration and generosity. Comments that are harsh will be removed from this page. New International Version® (NIV®) of the Holy Bible is used to quote scriptures in this article.
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God has a hand in politics, and people in positions of authority are there for a reason. According to Romans 13:1-3, “Everyone is required to submit to the authority of the state. As a result, all authority derives from God, and people in positions of power have been placed in those positions by the Almighty. As a result, everyone who rebels against authority is revolting against what God has established, and they will be punished accordingly. Because the authorities do not instill terror in those who are doing the right thing, but rather in those who are doing the wrong thing.
Do what is right, and they will respect and recognize your efforts.” 1 Peter 2:13-16 reads, “Submit yourself for the sake of the Lord to every human authority: whether to the emperor, who is the highest authority, or to governors, who are sent by Him to punish the wrongdoers and praise the rightdoers.” Because it is God’s desire that by doing good, you will be able to silence the stupid ramblings of dumb people, it is your responsibility.
While you should live as free people, you should not exploit your freedom to conceal wickedness; instead, you should live as God’s servants.
God has established all authority, and He does so for the benefit of those who believe in Him.
Always Put God First
Clearly, God has an interest in politics and places people into positions of authority with good reasons to be in power. Scripture says in Romans 13:1–3: “The authority of the state must be respected by all citizens and residents. As a result, all authority derives from God, and people in positions of power have been placed in those positions by God himself. In this way, everyone who challenges authority is challenging God’s will, and they will be punished as a consequence. Rather than people who are doing the right thing, the authorities instill terror in those who are doing the wrong thing.
They will respect you if you do what is right.” 1 Peter 2:13-16 reads, “Submit yourself for the sake of the Lord to every human authority: whether to the emperor, who is the highest authority, or to governors, who are sent by Him to punish the wrongdoers and praise the rightdoers.” In order to silence the uninformed babbling of fools, it is God’s intention that you do good in order to bring them to silence as well.
While you should live as free people, you should not exploit your freedom to conceal wickedness; rather, you should live as God’s servants.
Love the believers’ family and fear God.” According to Romans 13:1–2, we have an unassailable obligation to the government to observe the rules and to be responsible citizens.
Pray For Our Leaders
Christians are commanded by the Bible to respect our leaders, and one way we may show our regard for them is by praying for them. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:14 that we should “first of all” pray for everyone and everything, including kings and those in high positions, “in order that we may live a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” We should “first of all” pray for everyone and everything, including kings and those in high positions. Since a result, God our Savior is pleased, as he desires that all people be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”
We Have to Pay Taxes
Despite the fact that paying taxes to the government is something no one enjoys doing, the Bible instructs us that it is an essential part of our responsibilities. “Pay your taxes, as well, for the same reasons,” according to Romans 13:6-7. Employees of the government must be compensated. They are carrying out God’s will through their actions. Provide what you owe everyone: pay your taxes and government fees to the people who collect them, and show respect and reverence to those in positions of power.” A political involvement is neither the church’s unique, God-given mission, nor is it one that it should pursue.
Our purpose is not to change the nation via political reform, but rather to change hearts through the teachings of the Word of God.
Christians should be concerned with the way their government is run and their society is controlled, whether it’s via prayer for our leaders, exercising our right to vote, or even running for political office.
The Church gets involved in politics because that’s what Jesus did
The Archbishop of New York, in an article for the Huffington Post, argues why following Jesus entails getting active in politics in order to serve the common good. Politics and religion are both high-risk endeavors to pursue at the same time. Five of my predecessors as Archbishop have died in violent ways, three of them as a result of their political involvement. One of the most notable incidents occurred in 1171 when Thomas Beckett provoked the king to inquire, “Who would relieve me of this bothersome priest?” Four knights, armed with swords, marched inside Canterbury Cathedral and did just that.
- After a mob stormed Lambeth Palace, they dragged him to Tower Hill, where they severed his head and used it to play football with it.
- Keep your mouth shut, don’t collect taxes, and keep your chin down (and on).
- He was never a member of a political party.
- Jesus, on the other hand, was quite political.
- He referred to the King as a fox in his criticism.
- His actions were motivated by the fact that God is concerned about individuals in need and wants those who profess to act in his name to do the same thing.
- The actions are self-evident.
The Church of England alone is responsible for over 4,700 schools (other denominations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, have large numbers of their own).
The churches provide debt counseling as well as assistance to families who are experiencing difficulties in their marriages or family lives.
All of these institutions, including national education, many hospitals, the vast majority of hospices, and the vast majority of full-time youth workers, were founded or are administered by churches and other faith-based organizations.
But what about the written word?
In 1942, Archbishop William Temple published a magnificent book titled Christianity and Social Order, which is still available online.
Bill Beveridge, a high-ranking government servant and fellow Christian who produced the great Beveridge Report that laid the groundwork for the welfare system, the health service, and much of what we take for granted in social care, knew him well and they were longtime friends.
Tawney, who happened to be a Christian.
Thank God they did intervene and prevent worse damage.
And, in part as a result of their political influence, millions of people today enjoy better lives.
Every individual, group, and institution in our magnificent, democratic nation, on the other hand, has the right and the duty to be concerned about our collective destiny.
The economy was in shambles.
The expectations of the public have shifted considerably.
Aside from that, we have amazing prospects.
This country is as endowed as it has always been — brimming with promise, populated by exceptional people, and endowed with an extraordinary legacy.
Successive governments of various political parties established important institutions and systems, such as the National Health Service (NHS) and others.
Those principles were founded in great part on our Christian past, and they were put into practice by both believers and nonbelievers.
While the churches are frequently effective witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ (even if they make mistakes), we must also speak of a vision for society in order to be effective witnesses.
There will be significant changes in our nation as a result of technological and scientific advancements, as well as changes occurring overseas and at home.
We could just sit back and let things happen as they will.
Our sense of accomplishment will be weakened, and our ability to make a positive contribution to the world would be stunted.
Our children and grandkids will look back on us as a generation that provided them with hope and a sense of purpose.
That, in my opinion, is worth putting one’s life on the line for. It justifies the church not merely preaching about Jesus Christ, but also, like him, asking for – and striving for – the kind of society that God has called us to live in.
The Politics of Jesus
Many people may be surprised to learn that Jesus Christ was not involved in the political affairs of His day, but this is not the case. In spite of his considerable interest in governance, He opted not to become engaged in any of the political groups that dominated society at the time, whether they belonged to the Jewish government or to the government that oversaw it, the government of Rome.
Jesus, politics and society
Jesus had strong cause to keep his distance from political matters. In His sermons, He talked about government, but it was a government that He would bring to the world, rather than one that would be achieved through human effort. In Jesus’ message, we are told of the coming God-ordained government that would control the earth and bring about universal peace! When Jesus miraculously fed a huge throng, including 5,000 men, with five loaves of bread and two fish, a group of followers were so enamored with Him that they sought to seize Him and crown Him as their king on one occasion!
He would, without a doubt, have received support if he had attempted to overturn the present authorities.
As an alternative to revolution or insurrection, Jesus advocated for peace and nonviolence.
The politics of Jesus examined in Pilate’s court
At the time of Jesus Christ’s trial for His life before Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judea inquired about Jesus’ political goals, which he answered affirmatively. “Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, summoned Jesus by name, and asked Him, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?” Take note of what was stated during this exchange: Is it true that you are saying for yourself here, or did others inform you of this of Me?’ Jesus inquired of the man. ‘Do you think I’m a Jew?’ Pilate inquired.
‘What on earth have You done?’ When Jesus was asked, he replied, “My kingdom is not of this world.” In the event that My kingdom were of this world, My servants would battle to prevent me from being given to the Jews; but, My kingdom is not of this world.'” (33 Afterwards, Pilate reentered the Praetorium, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Pilate then exited the Praetorium.
34 “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others inform you of this of Me?” Jesus inquired.
Your own people, as well as the leading priests, have handed You up to me.
If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight so that I would not be given to the Jews; nevertheless, My kingdom is not of this world, and so My servants would not fight.” New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>John 18:33-36 (emphasis added throughout).
New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson In spite of the fact that Jesus was destined to be King, He informed Pilate that He was not concerned in the politics of the day.
Jesus taught the government of God
Despite the clear message from the Bible that the Kingdom of God will not be established through human efforts, a large number of people throughout history have taught that this is exactly what will happen. Some believe that the Kingdom of God is in the hearts of men, while others believe that the Church’s mission is to transform today’s governments into godly institutions. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that when Jesus returns at the sound of a trumpet, He will take control of the kingdoms of this world (16).
And the first to rise will be those who have died in Christ.
“>1 Thessalonians 4:16;15 (New International Version) The seventh angel then sounded, and it said: Also in the heavens, there were thunderous exclamations: “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, who is to reign for all eternity!” The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV) “Revelation 11:15 (New International Version).
- Then, as the Kingdom of God is established on earth, the dead in Christ will be raised to rule alongside Christ (51); this is the second resurrection.
- Because the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed as a result of that.
- “>1 Corinthians 15:51-52;4 1 Timothy 6:16 And I saw thrones, and people sat on them, and they were entrusted with the task of passing judgment.
- And they shared in Christ’s life and reigned with him for a thousand years.
- When Jesus returns to earth, a number of prophecies indicate that He will not only be a king, but that He will also be crowned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (6:14; Revelation 19:11).
- And He will be known by the titlesWonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, among others.
- This will be accomplished through the zeal of the Lord of hosts.
- And He will rule over them with a rod of iron in His own right.
- 16 And He wears a robe with the words “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” written on it, as well as on his thigh.
The politics of today will not be able to resolve the world’s most pressing problems in the near future. These will only be resolved when Christ, through the government of God, is elevated to the position of supreme authority over the entire world!
What does the Bible say about government?
Despite the fact that Jesus did not become involved in the politics of His day, He did encourage His disciples to respect the rulers in their own countries. It is part of the obligation of a real Christian to show respect for the leaders of the country in which they dwell, regardless of where they live. “Let every soul be subject to the ruling powers,” Paul writes to the Romans, in reference to this. Because there is no authority other than that of God, and the authorities that do exist are those that God has ordained.
- Accordingly, anybody who challenges the authority does so in direct opposition to the commandment of God, and those who challenge will bring wrath upon themselves.
- Later in the same chapter, Paul emphasizes that we should pay any taxes that we may owe (6 For it is because of this that you also pay taxes, for they are God’s servants who are constantly attending to this exact thing.
- The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV) “Paul writes in Romans 13:6-7.
- He admonished them to “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” and to “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” (21 It was “Caesar’s” that they called out to Him.
- The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV) “22:21 (Matthew 22:21).
According to Paul, this pastor should “remind people to be submit to rulers and authorities, to obey, and to be prepared for every good task.” (Remind them to be subordinate to rulers and authorities, to obey, and to be prepared for any good job that comes their way.) The Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) was published in 1982 by Thomas Nelson and is known as the New King James Version (NKJV) “It is written in the book of Titus (Titus 3:1).
“Therefore, for the love of the Lord, submit yourself to every ordinance of man, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, or to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do good,” Peter continues.
15 Because it is God’s intention that you do good in order to silence the stupidity of fools, it is your responsibility to do good.
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Satan: god of this age
As stated in the Scriptures, Satan is the “god of this age” (4 who have had their minds darkened by the god of this age, who do not believe, lest they be blinded by the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, which should shine on them). 2 Corinthians 4:4 New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>The Holy Bible, New King James Version”>The Holy Bible, New King James Version”>2 Corinthians 4:4). The Bible describes the world in which we live as being filled with evil.
- God created this present terrible age, including its governments, and Satan is the architect of that age.
- Therefore, the big dragon, that serpent of old, also known as the Devil and Satan, who deceives the entire world, was cast out to the soil, and his angels were cast out with him.
- Despite the fact that Christians live in the world, they are not of the world.
- They are not of the world in the same way that I am not of the world in the same way.
- As evidenced by the biblical record, Jesus did not attempt to restructure the human government.
- The governments of this world, to the extent that they are under the control of Satan, are in direct conflict with God.
- Indeed, the same may be said about the human governments that exist in our contemporary day and age.
- When looking for advice, individuals frequently ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?” We would also suggest that they inquire as to “What did Jesus do?” In accordance with the biblical account, Jesus did not attempt to alter human government.
Citizenship in heaven?
According to the Scriptures, Satan is the “god of this age” (4 who have had their minds darkened by the god of this age, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them). 2 Corinthians 4:4 New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version 1982 by Thomas Nelson”>The Holy Bible, New King James Version”>The Holy Bible, New King James Version When it comes to our current environment, the Bible describes it as “evil.” Grace and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself for our sins, so that he may release us from this present wicked world, according to the will of God and our Father, were spoken to the Galatians by the apostle Paul in his letter to them (Galatians 1:3-4, King James Version).
- Satan is the architect of the current wicked age, which includes its governments.
- Therefore, the great dragon, that serpent of old, known as the Devil and Satan, and who deceives the entire world, was cast out to the soil, and his angels were cast out with him.
- Christians are not to be of the world, even if they live in it.
- Neither they nor I are of this world, and neither are they and I of this world.
- As evidenced by the biblical narrative, Jesus did not attempt to modify the human political system.
- Satan cannot be changed; instead, he must be removed from the scene entirely.
- What Jesus intends to accomplish is to depose Satan as well as the current human government.
As a further question, we believe people should inquire as to “what Jesus did.” Jesus did not attempt to improve human governance, according to the biblical account. Instead, He intends to replace it with something better.
Jesus preached about the Kingdom of God
Have you ever wondered if God, via His Son, Jesus, sent Him into the world to be born of a virgin, grow up, begin His ministry around the age of 30, and then work tirelessly to make this world a better place to live through human politics? The solution can be found through studying the message of Jesus. In front of hundreds and thousands of people, what exactly did He have to say? Surely, Jesus’ political views would have come to light at that point. When it came to starting a political movement, he definitely had the opportunity if he so wished.
The gospel (good news) that Jesus preached was about a future government, not the one that existed at the time.
He encouraged everyone who heard Him to repent and believe in the gospel, or way of life, that He preached.
Was Jesus a socialist?
Jesus was not a supporter of socialism. Jesus was not a member of either the Republican or Democratic parties. Jesus’ politics, on the other hand, are not limited to any one political party or ideology among humans. No. Jesus was not a supporter of socialism. Jesus was not a member of either the Republican or Democratic parties. Jesus’ politics, on the other hand, are not limited to any one political party or ideology among humans. There is no political platform or philosophy that can really fix the issues of mankind.
What would the politics of Jesus be today?
What would Jesus do if He were here in the flesh today, given the political climate in which we find ourselves? Do you think he’d go out and campaign to get his chosen candidate elected? Not at all, because He would still be proclaiming the message He spoke of when he arrived in the first century. Not reforming current governments, but rather replacing them with the Kingdom of God is the answer to mankind’s problems. For further information, see our articles in the ” Kingdom of God” area, which include extensive prophesies that explain when Christ will create this rule.
Christians and politics: What should Christians do?
The mission of a Christian is to serve as an ambassador for Jesus Christ, serving as an advance envoy of His Kingdom, His soon-to-be-established administration. Today, ambassadors of states are expected to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries’ governments or political systems. Instead, they subject to the authority of the government and the laws of the country in which they reside. For as long as the local laws do not clash with God’s rules (29), Christians follow the same practices.
If Christians wish to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, they will refrain from participating in the politics of this world.
Its purpose is to assist individuals in making changes in their life so that they might become a member of God’s future Kingdom.
Our objective is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ across the world.
The good news is that the Kingdom of God is rapidly approaching! We encourage you to read “Who Would Jesus Vote For? ” and our ebook The Mystery of the Kingdom if you want to learn more about the future government of God. a little about the author
Harold Rhodes was a minister of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 84. Upon receiving his ordination as a minister in 1969, he went on to serve churches in several states including Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. More information can be found at Read on for more information.