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Friday, May 6, 2016

When GOD Steps in in Politics

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Elections are just a few days ahead, and the church, as usual, doesn't know what it should do---though it pretends to.

A lot of them join the political circus, thinking they have to "get involved" and be God's representative (whatever that means) in the fanfare, when all it does to them is get divided, ending up fighting each other.

The times armies ended up killing each other in the bible was when God fought against them.

Anyway, on the other hand, some church people also refuse to get involved because---like those who involve themselves--they, too, really don't know what to do.

But they have one common denominator---they think God will involve Himself someway in politics.

It was the same thing when Israel was waiting for the coming Messiah---they thought he was going to get involved politically and liberate them from Rome. Jesus never lifted a finger to do it. Instead, he introduced His Kingdom. The Kingdom had its own agenda, and it included nothing of this world.

It was a strange and unique one.

This is what we believers are called to do---usher in the Kingdom, make straight paths for it---not support the petty kingdoms of men.

"Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him." [Matthew 3]

We can get powerful hints about His second coming from His first advent. Because GOD never changes. He will always choose the lowly paths. They once planned to enthrone him, but Jesus refused to have anything to do with human politics.

Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. [John 6.15]

To Jesus, it's the Father's endorsement or nothing.

God didn't get involve in Egyptian politics. Instead, he took Moses out of it all and brought him to the wilderness. And there God taught him how to be humble. You have to be stripped of your ego, pride, ambition and all worldly systems before you can truly represent the Kingdom on earth.

God also didn't use Babylon politics to release the Jews from captivity. He used his sovereignty over human politics (directly commanded Cyrus to free the Jews) to send them all back to their own land, exactly after 70 years. He didn't tell Daniel, Ezra or Nehemiah to run for president in Babylon or Persia, but they were strategically positioned in enemy territory. all in preparation for the great second exodus back to Israel.

The Kingdom thing here is being strategically positioned by God, not joining politics or running for government positions.

Moreover, God's agenda then was in Israel, not in Egypt or Babylon.

God never meant them to stay in the worldly systems of those nations. He meant them to go back to the Land He promised to their fathers and there employ His Word and ways.

God may step in now and then and intervene in politics---but not to get involved in the system or place His bets in an election---but to use strategically positioned people to take out His own and bring them into His Kingdom on earth. Because His agenda is for the Kingdom and in His Kingdom alone.

Noah was strategically positioned on earth to take out God's chosen ones and bring them into the Ark. He didn't run for president or senator so that when elected into office he could institute changes. 

Hope is not that God will use worldly politics by improving it and getting involved in it. Real hope is that Jesus has His own Kingdom different from anything in this world and He is setting it up with the Kingdom people He has been preparing for His last big move in history.

Remember, Jesus said...

My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. [John 18.36]
Then...

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever. [Revelation 11.15]

God meant us to get out from all worldly systems and go back to His plan---to inherit the Kingdom he promised to our forefathers. A Kingdom not of this world but which is in this world.

GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

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