The Kingdom and Super Tuesday.

February 5, 2008 at 10:23 am 1 comment

Fort McDowell, Arizona

Today is Super Tuesday.  No, not the day people in New England replay the Super Bowl and cry, but the day when the largest number of states will hold primary elections simultaneously.  24 states plus American Samoa are scheduled to hold either primaries or caucuses today and award more than 50% of the delegates to the respective parties nominating conventions. 

Apparently there is more interest in this election than any in recent years.  What should we as Kingdom people think about all this clamor over politics and politicians? In Matthew 6:24-34 Jesus taught us about the impossibility of serving  two masters. In His illustration of this impossibility He says we cannot serve both God and money. The illustration would have been just as good if He had said we cannot serve both God and government, because what He is teaching is not so much about any particular issue but about where we find our security.

“Therefore I tell you,” Jesus goes on to say, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” And a few verses later he concludes: …the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

People who do not function with a Kingdom mindset instinctively try to find their security in whatever they think will ensure that their self-interests are met (minimally, food, clothing and shelter).  While Jesus was thinking about pagans or non-believers when he said this, there are so many Christians who do not have a Kingdom way of thinking that they are virtually pagan in their thinking so that most of life is a running after these things in order to find security.  This is why so many religious people join their non-religious neighbors as they serve money and worry incessantly about keeping up and getting more stuff.

The difference between Kingdom minded people and those who run after these things is that Kingdom people are committed to running after only one thing: the rule and reign of God.  An essential part of being truly a Kingdom person is shown in our trust that God will provide for our basic needs and not worry about securing our self-interests.

What does this have to do with Super Tuesday?  Everything.  The reason we have governments today is because the broken human race finds it virtually impossible to trust God.  Like our ancient counterparts we want “kings” to protect our self-interests (I Sam. 8). The person with a non- Kingdom mindset must be concerned with rights, tax advantage, political positions, programs, personality, etc because so much of their self-interest is at stake! But Kingdom people are empowered to trust God to provide for them and so are free from these preoccupations.

I am not saying you should not express your opinion about political stuff if you are so inclined.  Express it by voting or by telling whomever you please how you feel about who, what and how much, but this passage definitely is saying that Kingdom people do not serve, chase after, or worry about these matters. Our total trust is in God, who views all the governments of the world as less than nothing (Isa 40:15-17).

Our King says it is impossible for us to serve two masters. If, as Kingdom people, our allegiance is to the rule and reign of God, it cannot be to anything else, including money and government.

So if you live where there is an opportunity to vote today, by all means go and vote but remember you are not like everyone else.  It really doesn’t matter to a Kingdom person what happens or doesn’t happen because we have a citizenship that trumps all others and our Ruler has taken responsibility for all our needs no matter what else is happening around us.

So keep your focus on the King.

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Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Institutional church, Jesus, Kingdom, News, Politics, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dennis  |  February 7, 2008 at 12:37 am

    This will preach! Good thoughts
    I may borrow it for Sunday

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