Addressing Those Who Think That It’s Unimportant For Christians To Understand Government
You may be tired of high gas prices, inflation continuing to rise, and what appears to be small impact from the populace. A candy bar that you could get last year for $1.00 is now $2.00, and I know that you say to yourself, “That’s ridiculous!”. You may know in your head that you have authority in the Kingdom. You may know how to pray. You may read your Bible. You may attend church. You may believe that your prayers can transcend any physical decision, and as a result, you have resorted to handling physical things in a spiritual way. I understand. However, you must know the history of how the government directly affects the populace: Christians and non-Christians, and ways that you cannot avoid the affect. This affect must be combated both physically and spiritually to prevail. You also need to understand your role as an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God. Let’s talk…
Here are 10 facts (taken from seekingtruth.co.uk/persecution.htm) that exist despite prayer ability and Christian faith:
- More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined [christianity.com]
- It is claimed that 105,000 Christians are martyred for their faith each year [Deseret News, 2011]
- Currently over 100 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide [Reuters, 2013]
- 70 percent of the world’s population lives in a religiously intolerant environment [Pew Forum, 2011]
- North Korea: in 2014 it continues to be the worst country in the world for persecution
- Nigeria: In 2010 Christians suffered terror from Muslim extremists. Whole village massacred
- Iran: Its parliament believes Muslims who change their faith should be put to death
- India: up to 70,000 in Orissa have been forced to flee their homes in riots against Christians
- Indonesia: Between 2000-2002 Muslims slaughtered 10,000 Christians
- Iraq: half of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein
Do you believe that these Christians who are being persecuted are receiving this treatment because of a lack of spiritual or physical power? Do you think that Jesus and his disciples (who were also persecuted until death) were treated that way because of a lack of spiritual or physical ability? I believe not.
2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 says:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
You are an ambassador of Christ
Did you hear that? Do you know what it means to be an ambassador?
An ambassador is a governmental position. In a kingdom, the king is in charge of the nation, the armies defend the nation, and the citizens are protected and afforded benefits based on this governmental structure. When the king wants to make agreements, treaties, or any other interaction with another kingdom, he sends his ambassador, who represents him, makes decisions in his deployed location with the King’s authority and has access to the King’s storehouse to demonstrate the access and authority. The ambassador has been given the kingdom line of credit, and makes requests of the King on Jesus’s behalf.
Wikipedia says this of an ambassador:
An ambassador is an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. The word is also often used more liberally for persons who are known, without national appointment, to represent certain professions, activities and fields of endeavor.
In its most common use, the term usually applies to the ranking government representative stationed in a foreign capital. The host country typically allows the ambassador control of specific territory called an embassy, whose territory, staff, and vehicles are generally afforded diplomatic immunity in the host country.
Here is an example of an Ambassador deployed to another country to advance the Kingdom of Seirra Leone:
As you could see in the video, the Ambassador was very aware of:
- His assignment
- The needs of his kingdom
- The resources of his kingdom
- The present limitations of his kingdom
- How His deployed location could assist his kingdom
- His authority in Sierra Leone
- The backing of his king
You are deployed on Earth
Heaven is your Kingdom. You have been assigned here to reconcile man to God. You have the backing of the King to get access to whatever you need to successfully accomplish your mission. Your Kingdom line of credit is funded when you call on the name, “Jesus”. You can speak to the King by saying, “Father”. Your Kingdom leads in technology, resources, military defense, laws, benefits, and 100% of the citizens are without complaint. No other kingdom has the accolades of the one that you represent. All other kingdoms are suffering extremely, so your King has sent you to give them access to the benefits of Heaven. The offer is a limited time only offer because when Jesus returns, all other kingdoms will be wiped out. Do you know:
- Your assignment?
- The needs of your kingdom?
- The resources of your kingdom?
- The power of your kingdom?
- How your deployed location needs your kingdom?
- Your authority in Heaven?
- The backing of your King?
What are you doing to introduce these kingdoms to the idea that they do not have to suffer? What are you doing to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom that you represent? Do you look like a foreigner in the land, or do you look like every other inhabitant? Why do you think that you would be deployed to the Earth if your communication with God held the absolute authority over the Earth’s doings? If that were true, you could have watched the workings of the Earth from Heaven and talked to God about it. Let me add that God can see everything on the Earth; nothing escapes His omnipotent view, so why would He need you to sit here (on Earth), and tell Him what is going on? That’s not why your here! Your here to make a difference.
The ambassadors of neighboring nations consult with your politicians. As an ambassador, are you?
Why do you think that they skip consultations with the populace, and go straight to the government leaders? They do it because they know that the authority of the government means that when they make an agreement with the government officials, the populace must comply, or they have trouble. For this reason, in Romans 13:1-7, Paul said:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
Now, that you understand your role as the ambassador of Christ, let me tell you something about the world’s super power…
In America, Christians are at a very detrimental place in society
They are not persecuted physically to the extent that has been done in other geographical locations because the country was founded on biblical principles, and has sustained an environment where for the most part, most people are able to freely believe as they wish. Many unbiblical truths have been exposed (especially in the last 5 years) to include race wars, gender wars, homosexual rights, abortion legalization, and sky-rocketing debt. Right now, if Americans do not choose a president that has a heart after God, they could quickly find themselves with greater hostility and increased debt until finally another country overtakes them, and their freedoms are lost. If you are an American Christian who believes that your vote or your understanding of government, and participation by speaking up, writing and advising your government officials does not matter, let me tell you that you are wrong. Your voice can lead the government officials to a choice that pleases God. This is what it means to be an ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven. God is owner, you are facilitator, so take your rightful place.
- Loose the victim mentality that says, “The governments are doing as they please, so what good can I do?”
- Loose the religious pride that says, “I have authority thru prayer, so I do not need to be aware of government actions”.
- Loose the ignorance, and step into your God-given authority as an ambassador to the Kingdom of Heaven! You’ve been hired to successfully accomplish a mission, and you know what happens if your mission is unfruitful? Jesus answered this question in Matthew 24:25-51 when he said:
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Let’s establish order on this Earth as God has appointed us to do. Be blessed and Walk in Truth!
These three areas—knowledge, wisdom, and character—are the three areas all Ambassadors for Christ need to continue to grow in. Sometimes the task can be …