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Kings without us (10/27/2013)
From: Bill Steidtmann

Now that the Republican party has devolved into a civil war, and Democrats want to fund Tea Party candidates in the hopes of winning, let me offer some Biblical insight for unbelieving Republicans and Democrats alike on how to finish the job:

Mark 10:42-43a “But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you:...”

The issue of ruling versus being ruled, of master versus servant, is essentially repeated by Paul:

Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Carrying a cross versus carrying a “sword” is central to the issue of ruling because ruling demands that crosses be dropped and the military power of the sword be carried. The cross and the sword are opposites, the one representing being killed and the other killing, the one surrender and the other to fight. Regarding this choice Jesus says:

Matthew 10:38-39 “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

No doubt Christians sense the necessity of carrying a sword in order to find their life, and as rulers they cannot surrender their country to the enemy — they must follow Peter not Jesus:

John 18:11 “Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

There are two ways that Christians who embrace Article XVI of the Augsburg Confession can keep their swords unsheathed and violate Mark 10:43’s “...so shall it not be among you...,” a direct approach and an indirect one — unique opportunities to become unworthy of him only available in the “free” world of democracy. In the direct method, become a politician, campaign, gain the vote, assume office, and then rule over, exercise lordship over, and exercise authority upon the people. The problem with this method is that most do not have the time or experience to be directly involved, and those who do can always use “I was a public servant” as their defense on Judgment Day. For this reason the indirect method of ruling, and here in America indirectly carrying the most powerful sword the world has ever known, is the preferred way disobedient Christians can disregard Philippians 2:5’s “Let this mind be in you....” It is ruling by delegation, by proxy, and is a simple matter of finding someone who thinks and acts as much like oneself as possible, and then using the power of voting to place that proxy in power to carry out one’s will and wield carnal weapons like knives, swords, guns, bombs, etc., to wage the flesh war that is not our warfare:

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).”

Although ruling by proxy is not ideal, given that a representative might not follow the upside-down orders from below, it is nevertheless ideal if the objective is to get as many people to ignore Mark 10:43 and reign as kings now rather than later:

1 Corinthians 4:8a “Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us:...”

Satan doesn’t care who Christians vote for or who they swing their sword at — Satan wants them to vote and swing while pretending Jesus is their boss. Winning the election and winning the sword means losing with the cross, and voting makes the voter lord over the kingdom of America, a country which claims to have no king but in fact has millions of them.

 

 

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