Our Election and the “Kingdom” of God
Division seems the order of the day in American politics. Perhaps rightly so. We are electing the leader of the free world. Our future could hang in the balance. Who will best provide people with the opportunity to go as far as their intellect and industry can take them? Who will best protect the widow and the orphan? Who will care for the helpless and innocent among us?
Our candidates offer ideas for great jobs, effective education, powerful defense, and a host of other pressing needs.
But if this election is like others, even the most ardent supporter today will likely regret their choice in a few years. The fond hopes of election night will give way to the stark reality of flawed character, incompetence even lies.
Is Clinton or Trump our answer? Is our most basic need a better leader for the free world?
Or is our real need a leader to make the world better—a leader to make the world free?
Jesus said that any man who commits sin is a slave to sin (John 8:34). Christ offers his life and death to free people from the power and penalty of their sins. Jesus offers himself as the emancipator from the tyranny of one’s own fallen nature.
Jesus preached the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17). He saw God’s rule as the ultimate good news (Luke 4:43). He saw submission to God as the hope for all mankind. We are to seek it (Matthew 6:33), to pray constantly for it (Matthew 6:10), to treat it like the greatest treasure in the world (Matthew 13:46). In fact, Jesus said that those who realize the ultimate worth of kingdom would be willing to part with everything just to get it (Matthew 13:44).
The kingdom of God is the reality of God as king, God as the boss, God as the only lawgiver in Zion. When individuals, societies and cultures reject God’s rule, chaos results. The book of Judges outlines 13 failed rulers and repeats this theme: “Each man did what was right in his own eyes because there was no king” (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25).
If Jesus were king, what would the world look like? What would it look like if we honored God as God completely with all our hearts, souls and minds? What would it look like if we loved every single person on the planet the exact same way we love ourselves?
Jesus knew that for society to flourish, God must be God.
Many of us will obsess over polls for the next 100 days, but my hope is not in the next president. My hope is the king.