“…Words of sober truth.” Acts 26:25
The elections have finally finished, for now. The signs are being removed, the commercials have stopped, for now. For all of the overdose of ads, campaigns and personal smearing, it is wonderful to live in a country with still so many freedoms.
Now that the candidates-elect have been voted in, what will happen next? Some are optimistic, about the future. Will our cities, states and country continue in their current paths economically and spiritually or will some changes for the best or worse be enacted?
What if, you were invited into the home of a powerful politician? What would you say? This would be the opportunity of a life time. How about taking better care of our veterans? Perhaps you would suggest laws that are easier to understand and useful.
What if, you could sit with the new and old officials and talk to them? What would you say?
In the New Testament, several people had the opportunity to stand before the movers and shakers of the world. They had rising inflation and spiraling economies. There were the extremely rich and poor living in the same cities. Their veterans were severly neglected. Laws were abundant, both bad and good? What did they say? What was their concern?
John the Baptist stood before the powerful, Herod Antipas who, “…Used to enjoy listening to him,” Mark 6:20. What was the topic of conversation? It was not about peace between Rome and Israel. He spoke with concern for Herod’s personal morality.
For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on accout of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
John’s goal was to talk about the most important subject. His relationship with God was affected by his marriage. He was instructive.
The apostle Paul too had great opportunities to suggest divine corrections to the world’s social, economic and political problems. Such men as Felix, Festus, Agrippa, and Caesar himself were just some of those he was invited into their circle of decision. The New Testament records this conversation with Felix.
But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. But as he was discusing righteousness, self-control and judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present and when I find time I will summon you.”
Like John, who was concerned about Herod’s moral life, Paul was concerned about Felix and his having to stand one day in judgment to face God.
Jesus Christ too had occasions when He could have said much about the problems of the world. Instead, He chose a greater subject.
My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is My kingdom is not of this realm.
Jesus, like John and Paul, did not bother to give advice for the authorities. Instead, He spoke of the true nature of His kingdom, a spiritual kingdom following the spiritual laws of its king.
Few of us will be invited into the home of a lawmaker. But we are asked into the inner circles of our neighbor’s, friends, family, even enemies. What will we talk about?
If we are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world,” Matthew 5:13-14, it will not be because of joining political agendas, but bringing the lost to submit to Christ, the Lord.
Could you talk to a friend about the gospel? Could you express your concern for their soul, judgment, their morals, their need for Christ? If it is too difficult, think of it as doing the best for your country and the world, that you ever could do. We hope this helps.
Please send inquiries and questions to: