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The Theology of Government

December 30, 2009

As I prepare for 2010 and Kingdom Come I have been going over some material that relates to government during New Testament times. It has been a refresher course over material from my master’s work at LCU and related books and essays.

One thing that strikes me as I prepare is that many of the books focus on how Christians in the first century interacted with government. The main focus seems to be on how Christians relate to the government of the day.

I find this interesting. Instead of seeing how God has established a kingdom, a nation of people from every tribe and every tongue, we seem to be preoccupied with how we deal with our current government.

Our thinking is too small. Our kingdom is much larger, our kingdom’s Ruler much greater. Why are we so consumed one way or the other?

Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22:21b

Why do we look at this passage simply to answer if we should or shouldn’t pay taxes? Why do we not see the greater picture that Jesus is shining a light on the true insignificant nature of our human governments?

The believers government, the kingdom of God, is so at odds with the kingdom of the day, why does it even matter? Why do we care? Why worry and focus on that when we are called to be a part of God’s kingdom acting in the world today?

Maybe we think it is easier to straddle the fence between the two. Maybe we obsess over our American kingdom because it keeps us from committing to our own.

What does it mean to say kingdom come? What does it mean to hope for it? Dream of it and preach about it? Do we live like we are a part of God’s kingdom or do we exist influenced by our own today?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2009 2:56 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading/thinking/writing on this subject. I fear that we’ve lost the concept of being citizens of the kingdom of heaven rather than a kingdom of this world, lost the idea of seeing ourselves as strangers and aliens. We’ve got to recover that if we are to be God’s ambassadors in this world.

    Blessings on you and your ministry in 2010.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

  2. December 31, 2009 6:03 pm

    Tim,

    Thank you. It is always an honor to have someone so highly respected comment on my blog.

    We start at least trying to get people to look at it differently this Sunday.

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