Friday night I was able to attend the Kingdom Family Conference in Houston, TX. It was an amazing experience, and the power of our Lord God was felt in that room of over 3,000 people in fervent prayer. Dr. Tony Evans shared with us that night part of his book, The Kingdom Agenda – which I highly recommend. I’m sharing an excerpt below One Nation Under God and a few other topics from his book. We are in the midst of the political season, and many want to ignore their responsibility of informed voting. I hope it speaks to you as it has to me!-Sheri
Biblically-based Kingdom Political Involvement
Biblically-based kingdom political involvement is involvement that recognizes that since God rules over all, the political realm must be held accountable for straying from His authority and be brought back into submission to Him. This is not done by unrighteous political revolution, which is a change imposed from the top down, but by social transformation based on spiritual principles from the bottom up. God is against unrighteous revolution in the sense of imposing violent governmental change from the top down. That’s what Satan sought to do when he tried to pull a coup d’état against God’s government and leadership. When a government acts unrighteously, what God wants from His people is not revolution, but transformation. This involves the doctrine of interposition, which is a biblical form of protest. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chron 7:14)
The greatest example of interposition is Jesus Christ, who interposed Himself between a holy God and sinful humanity. Because of Jesus’ work, the judgment that was due us fell on Him, and we were saved from destruction by God’s wrath. As Christians, we are called to act whenever unrighteousness raises its head and threatens to bring the judgment of God upon society. If Christians shun politics, there will be no one to act as a watchman (see Ezekiel 33:1–9), to warn the people of danger and to hold back the judgment of God.
Interposition is so critical in the political arena because if righteous people do nothing, there is no reason that God should not bring judgment on a society. If His people sit on the sidelines, there are no other agents to stay the hand of God. But God calls us to interpose ourselves in this culture, to stand up for the innocent, and to uphold God’s righteous standard in the community.
One Life Under God
Christians who do not vote are shunning their responsibility to be a voice for righteousness in the public square. Your vote can be a protest against an ungodly worldview and an endorsement of the biblical worldview. But you must be informed to cast your vote for righteousness and justice. You need to know what the values of the kingdom of God are in order to cast a vote for the party, person, or platform that best reflects those values.
The job of the church is to educate God’s people to look at life from a kingdom perspective, and confront the government when it strays from or contradicts God’s kingdom principles. The church alone possesses the keys of the kingdom (see Matthew 16:18–19), giving it divine authority to represent His perspective in history. When the church fails to fulfill this prophetic work of confronting God’s people and the culture with His unchanging standards based on His revealed Word, then we become co-conspirators to the devolution of the culture. Remember, God determines much of what He is going to do or not do in society based on how effectively He can work through His people (see 2 Chronicles 15:3-6; Ephesians 3:10).
One Nation Under God
“May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Indeed, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!” (Ps. 5b–6). Peace is “shalom,” well-being in the community, because individuals, families, and the church are right under God and right with each other. When you get all of that lined up properly, guess what happens: You see the prosperity of the community. You see peace take over. You see a nation recover its spiritual health. Some of us in America won’t get to see our children’s children because there’s no peace. There’s violence, corruption, and corrosion. The psalmist said, in essence, “If you want to fix the culture, then start with your own spheres of influence.” How are we as Christians going to help influence the leaders of our society if we’re not willing to commit our personal lives to Christ, to love and nurture our families, and to serve and strengthen the church of the living God? We live in a world that has lost its morals and its standards. Our public schools are falling apart. Criminals are dominating our neighborhoods, and we’re just having church rather than being the church. That’s not good enough. We need to break the huddle and go out and let the world know that Jesus is Lord. We have too many “secret-agent” Christians. Too many spiritual CIA representatives. Too many covert operatives for the kingdom. Everybody else is coming out. We might as well come out too.
It’s time for the people on your job to know where you stand. If you stand with Christ, stand up and be counted. People in your neighborhood ought to know where you stand. They ought to know that there is a standard, and God is that standard. Our world needs the truth of God from people who know it. When you fear God, it rolls over to your home. It rolls over from there into your church. And then we will see the betterment of the community. We will see the impact of Christ around the world. We will see the difference the cross of Jesus Christ can make. That’s kingdom impact, and it starts with you and me aligning ourselves, and every area of our lives, under God in order to advance His kingdom agenda. At the heart of the kingdom agenda is personal responsibility.
Because the fact is if you’re a messed-up person and you have a family, you are going to contribute to a messed-up family, and if your family goes to church, then your messed-up family will contribute to a messed-up church. And if you’re a messed-up person contributing to a messed-up family contributing to a messed-up church, and your church is in a neighborhood, then your messed-up church will lead to a messed-up neighborhood. And if you’re a messed-up person contributing to a messed-up family contributing to a messed-up church leading to a messed-up neighborhood, and your neighborhood resides in a city, then your messed-up neighborhood will result in a messed-up city. Now if you’re a messed-up person contributing to a messed-up family contributing to a messed-up church leading to a messed-up neighborhood resulting in a messed-up city, and your city resides in a county, then your messed-up city will cause a messed-up county.
And if you’re a messed-up person contributing to a messed-up family contributing to a messed-up church leading to a messed-up neighborhood resulting in a messed-up city residing in a messed-up county, and your county is part of a state, then your county will help create a messed-up state. But that’s not all. If you’re a messed-up person contributing to a messed-up family contributing to a messed-up church leading to a messed-up neighborhood resulting in a messed-up city residing in a messed-up county helping to create a messed-up state, and your state is part of a country, then your messed-up state helps produce a messed-up nation. Now if you’re a messed-up person contributing to a messed-up family contributing to a messed-up church leading to a messed-up neighborhood resulting in a messed-up city helping to create a messed-up state that helps produce a messed-up nation, and your nation is part of the world, your messed-up country will leave us with a messed-up world!
So if we want a better world composed of better countries, inhabited by better states, made up of better counties, composed of better cities, inhabited by better neighborhoods, illuminated by better churches, made up of better families, we need to become better people. It all starts with personal responsibility—living all of life under God.