I’m so tired of the political rhetoric that flies at us from every angle.
- “He’s awful!”
- “He’s even worse!”
- “She’s going to destroy the country!”
Why are we so up in arms about these things? Don’t misunderstand. I’m as concerned about my grandchildren’s future as you are about yours. But what is likely the biggest revival in modern times is taking place right now in places like China and oppressed countries in the Middle East. And the governments have no control over it.
Jesus told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36) He didn’t come to take over the government. He came to take over our hearts.
And, again, don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t be involved in politics. But, as followers of Christ, we need to keep the main thing the main thing.
Let’s put Jesus’ statement to Pilate into context. Rome was corrupt. It was an ungodly government. Jesus knew that. He had no particular affinity toward the Roman government. But He also knew that His kingdom was not about taking up the sword and defeating those nasty Romans.
In fact, on the surface, it looked like Rome had beaten Jesus. Nailing Him to a cross, it appeared to be the end of the story. But it wasn’t. He rose up from the dead. And that was just the beginning.
The fact is that it really wasn’t a whole lot later that Jesus actually ended up conquering the Roman Empire. But it wasn’t through might and power. His followers had so affected the culture that everything was changed.
It is said that one of the last Caesars, on his death bed, in a reference to Christ, said, “You have conquered, Galilean.” But it wasn’t with the sword. It wasn’t by voting the right leaders into office.
It was with through changed lives that turned the culture upside down. It was through love.
May you recognize anew the power of the Risen Christ this Easter! And may that power be at work in you and in your church as you reach out to your community and the world with His love.