By David Wise
Last night I had the privilege of sharing a meal and some great conversations with one of our Growth Groups. After dinner, we sat around and reflected on various things and the leader asked the group how this series on The Kingdom has changed our views of current events, most notably politics. Although various answers were given, my mind and heart has kept coming back to the question all night and morning. Regardless of whom you wanted to see win the election, Jesus was, is, and always will be King. Often Christians have put their hope into a country, election, or politician without realizing that our true hope is supposed to be in Christ as King.
It’s not wrong to be patriotic or to desire a certain candidate to win, but ultimately we are called to something higher and that is the concept of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is where God is ruling and reigning. That’s been our definition during this sermon series where we’ve been studying the Kingdom to grow in our love for the King, and the definition continues to remind us of the hope that we truly have and that is in Jesus Christ as King. Our love is to grow for Him first and foremost.
No one knows what the next 4 years will hold, but we should cling to the knowledge of what eternity holds. President-elect Trump could do great things, he could do terrible things, or things may not be much different. None of that compares in scope or importance compared to the reality that the Kingdom is here and now and that our opportunity as Christ-followers is to reveal the kingdom and to reflect the image of God to the world around us.
As we move into the end of this year and the beginning of a new president, our King has not changed. If our allegiance is truly to Jesus then it will change the way we respond in the midst of all of this. Our responses should be seasoned with love and grace and not rooted in pride, arrogance, hatred, or exclusion. This political season has highlighted division between people and as Christians we are never supposed to see our battle as with the people around us.
Our nation is fractured and hurting, but the pain is so much deeper than politics; our nation is in need of redemption and that only comes through Jesus. Our churches are filled with bitterness, fear, rejection, apathy, anger, hurt, and brokenness. We do not need a politician; we need a Pastor named Jesus. There is a hymn that has been on my mind all morning and it simply says,
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
Regardless of your views, thoughts, or opinions, our hope ought to be in Jesus’ blood and righteousness. May we call to mind and focus on King Jesus, may we serve Him above all else, and worship and glorify Him and Him only. As the Apostle John wrote,
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
Regardless of how you feel this morning, Jesus was, is, and always will be King.