Just got done catching up on this week’s Bible reading and realized that in 1 Corinthians, Paul really sheds some significant light on this issue.
1Cr 6:1 “If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?”
By this we learn that Paul commands us to hold our own court in the Church. It is a disgrace, according to the Apostle, for believers to go to law before unbelievers to sue each other and such.
1Cr 6:2 “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?”
Paul informs us that we will one day rule and reign with Christ as co-regents with Him (Rev. 20:6). This being the case, we need to recognize our own authority to judge minor infractions amongst ourselves. The subject discussed in the last two verses could be expanded into an entire volume, but that is not happening here. I am merely laying the foundation for the big idea that Paul is pointing us to. It is found in the next verse:
1Cr 6:3 “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”
We are going to judge angels? You mean like the holy angels that stand before God’s throne in heaven? You mean like the destroying angel that killed 185,000 soldiers in one night? (2kings19:35)
Say whaaa?? That’s exactly what he said! Now notice the powerfully packed statement that unfolds next. “How much more the things of this life.” I think it is safe to conclude that we, as Christians have every right to be, should be, and better be involved in the government of this world. We are going to be the government in the millennial age to come! Don’t stand idly by while the wicked rule the world; be salt and light, spread your political wings and give them a try. After all you need to get used to standing for truth and righteousness and morality, you’re going to be doing just that for at least a thousand years after Jesus Christ comes back!
See Psalm 2
I was invited to attend “Pastor’s Appreciation Day” held at the Capitol building in downtown Richmond, Va. recently by the Family Foundation, a pro-life watchdog organization closely affiliated with the local and national government. We met with senators and delegates and then had the privelige to sit in on the General Assembly sessions. As I walked into the room, I noticed smiling faces to my right, cheerfully nodding me in. And on my left, doleful, almost expressionless faces. As I took my seat, there was a noticeable “thickness” or “tightness” in the air. We were aware that two pro-life bills would be either killed or passed here today and by the demeanor on the left, they were ready for blood. I guess it didn’t help that the pastor beside me whispered, “that lady in red is the devil!” I knew what he meant (she is a pro-life bill killer[and baby killer for that matter]anti-life advocate) The man next to her was the same and I know we are not supposed to judge based on the outward appearance, but both seemed hollow-eyed and puppet-like and I got the distinct impression they were being controlled by an unseen force. Ephesians 6:12 states “For we* are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (NLT) Nowhere, is this more evident than on capitol hill. Another pastor concurred with my theory and said, “you should go to Washington D.C. some time…the assemblies there are so much “tighter” with oppression, you can sense the Holy Spirit at war with the wickedness.” Satan is referred to as the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians and he definitely has his sway on the wicked of this world. Politics is where the heat of this battle happens. I hear so many Christians say that we are not supposed to be involved in politics and that is a growing theological trend in the contemporary Church. This view is absolute nonsense! Look at Church history and you will see a rich history of Christians being salt and light in every area of existence, including government. God instituted 3 things; Family, Government, Church. In that order. To say that Christians should not partake in government is to say that Christians should not partake in the family either. Nonsense. Stay informed, get involved, and for God’s sake, vote!
Btw-A victory was won today, both bills passed through the General Assembly and through the senate-praise God! Let’s stop abortion!
It happens every equinox and solstice, our world changes; we enter a new phase. Spring gives life to green buds and baby deer and tender grass. The hills are alive with the sound of music. Then summer comes, that blissful time of hot fun under the rays of the sun. When the clouds come to visit the moors of a foggy morning and the blue, blue skies break through at mid-morning. The crickets organize their evening symphonies around a marshy pond and the lightening bugs flash in the night. Then, the climate slowly shifts gears and you can almost hear the axis of the earth creak along. The groaning of creation is happening and it is noticeable. The autumn leaves turn gold and glisten in the brilliant, burnt orange glow of the sun as it sinks beyond the horizon. Then, they wither and fade away with the wind whispering their swansong. The inevitable has come, the sting of death with the bitter cold ice storms and splendid snow days which make the entire landscape a playground for all God’s creatures. The end has finally come…Or has it? As the day warms and the snow begins to melt it looks as though death is reversing and it seems as if God has hit the rewind button on the cosmos. Like, a master magician, nature springs back to life, as if to say “gotcha.” I wasn’t dead I was merely sleeping. My life remained in me all the time cant you see? This is a picture of our crucified life dying daily to our flesh, yet living always by the Spirit. And it is a picture of the Resurrection, that of Christ’s, ours, and all of nature. He has not left us without a witness, He preaches the Gospel to us in our every season!