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God Has It

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)

Images of candidates crisscrossing this nation fill the television screen and social media. I am thankful to be an American citizen with all of its rights and privileges, but some thoughts in a recent sermon reminded me that I am also a citizen in the Kingdom of God. Dual citizenship occurred when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Jesus wanted his disciples to understand their earthly responsibilities to the Kingdom of heaven so rather than writing up a book of rules, He told stories using simple everyday situations and items to make His point. He suggested that the best way to get results is to work behind the scenes, quietly making changes.

His example in Matthew 13:33 illustrates the point; “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” As a baker, I know that though you can’t see the yeast mixed in with everything else, the results of its addition are unmistakable.

I want to make a difference as a Kingdom citizen but it is reassuring to know that I don’t have to be the center of attention. My contribution may be minor and seem unremarkable but the miracle comes from God’s multiplication factor. He is the one who makes the difference, I am just one of the ingredients.

The election is Tuesday and as Kingdom citizens we don’t have to worry about a thing. We DO need to be responsible and vote but the outcome is up to God.

 

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Stand!

And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”

I Samuel 8:7 (NIV)

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For a political junkie like me, this is an amazing time. Yet, in the thirty years serving in the Republican party, in some form or other, I have never witnessed anything like it. I know what it is like to put every ounce of my time, effort, and money into a candidate and I know the elation of winning and the despair of losing. However in the end, the will of the voters prevails.

The children of Israel watched God do amazing feats on their behalf, rescuing them from slavery and death. But the farther away they wandered from Egypt, the more they forgot how bad it had been. They wanted what they could see—to be just like everyone else. The desert was a dangerous place and they thought a king would protect them and keep them safe.

The prophet, Samuel, was displeased with this request and prayed for wisdom. God reminded him that the crowd was not rejecting his leadership. They were rejecting God, Almighty. He told them to give them what they wanted. But if you read the rest of the chapter, God also told Samuel the consequences of such a decision. They left a life of slavery to become slaves again — this time to someone of their own choosing.

The Pilgrims suffered harrowing experiences to settle in America to be able to enjoy religious freedom. Now, almost 400 years later, Christians are asking for a “king.” Why? Because of anger and fear? No, we have forgotten who is really in charge. We have traded our trust in Him for our own self-sufficiency and we will find it sadly lacking.

Believers in Jesus — this election is a clarion call for righteousness not cowardice. Pray for wisdom, strength, and courage. Don’t follow the crowd. Satan is just rubbing his hands together in delight over the disarray of the church.

”Having done all…stand.” 

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Caucuses

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

I John 4:4 (NLT)

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You can’t escape the reporting on the Iowa Caucuses that are meeting tonight, especially if you’re a news junkie like I am. Each candidate is doing their best to get everyone to huddle and vote for them. Some have been working for months. One or two have moved into Iowa for the month to campaign. TV spots, flyers, door hangers, bumper stickers, and buttons seem to multiply each hour. Phone calls and emails flood my house, pleading for money and support.

It’s the primary season.

The weather forecast lends to the urgency as Iowans visit various campaign offices and rallies in preparation for tonight’s gatherings.

I live in Arizona and don’t vote today but it struck me, as I listened to the sermon yesterday, the comparison of this mad dash to the finish line by these candidates also applies to the body of Christ sharing the Good News to those who are lost. We sense an urgency as the world seems turned upside down by ISIS. Christians are beheaded for their faith. Ancient Biblical towns are demolished. Believers flee and become refugees in neighboring countries, unable to go home and bringing only what they can carry. Fear simmers as we wait for the next attack, because we know the Enemy is on the prowl.

The Pew Research Center reported in 2015:

In 2007, there were 227 million adults in the United States, and a little more than 78% of them – or roughly 178 million – identified as Christians. Between 2007 and 2014, the overall size of the U.S. adult population grew by about 18 million people, to nearly 245 million. But the share of adults who identify as Christians fell to just under 71%, or approximately 173 million Americans, a net decline of about 5 million. 

We can look at these numbers and become discouraged. Or we can redouble our efforts to meet people and offer a winsome example of the Gospel with answers of good news for the myriad of problems facing each one.

Politics is not the answer and a particular candidate won’t solve our problems. As you listen to candidates who promise to make a difference, remember that only One has the ability to really make a difference — Jesus Christ. Choose Him.

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