Jesus is King.
King over America.
And not just King in some hyper-spiritual, intangible "out there" sense in some (safely) distant heaven or in some (safely) future kingdom. Not in some way that limits Him to church buildings or to choir lofts or to the precious little hearts of His sheep.
Nope, He is Lord right here and right now over every physical thing that you can see, touch, taste, smell, and ponder...including America.
He owns it all.
And He's in the process of purging all rebellion against His rule, restoring all of His creation even as you read these words through the power of His Gospel-fueled Great Commision. (See: Christ really is conquering EVERYTHING. How cool is that?)
So this King title is what you might call "a big deal."
Even in politics.
Especially in politics.
As we approach tonight's big Republican "debate" and begin once again to make our way down the well-worn System-serving path we're programmed to travel each four years here in the "land of the free" and the home of the NSA, it seems like a good time to remind ourselves and our countrymen who, exactly, is really in charge around here.
And that'd be Jesus.
All authority on earth
has been given to Him:
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me."
~ Matthew 28:18 (emphasis added)
Please notice the past tense there.
He commands our obedience to all that He has lovingly revealed of His Nature in His perfect Word:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
~ Matthew 28:19-20 (emphasis added)
He commands us to take every legal, political, governmental, artistic, and educational thought and pursuit completely captive to Him:
and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)
To this end, He has provided us with His Spirit and His perfect, sufficient Word, which has even more than we need to rightly understand, define, and pursue any "good work" anywhere or in any realm of in His creation, including art, law, politics, economics, science, language, and everything else:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (emphasis added)
So as we listen to the "debates," ads, speeches, spin, and System-generated talk radio saturation, let us remember that we have been placed here in this time not to fear and obey men, but to fear and obey the Lord.
Let us remember who rules.
Let us then think and act in accordance with that reality, all by God's grace, all for His glory, and all to our eternal benefit.
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