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Political Divisions and the Kingdom of God

“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)

It pains me to see Christians dividing the church over political issues. I am not surprised because this happens every election year. Some Christians adopt a secular apocalyptic narrative that says everyone must vote a certain way or our country is doomed. One would think that because we have heard these false prophets speak the same message election after election and it has yet to come true that we would stop listening to them, but this is not the case. They continue to find plenty of listeners with itching ears. As Christians, the kingdoms of this earth should not be of first concern to us because we are citizens of an everlasting kingdom.

If we are allowing an earthly narrative to cause division within the kingdom of God, then we have our priorities mixed up. Paul does not write to the Philippians to remind them of their Roman citizenship, a prized possession in the ancient world. He writes to remind them that their citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20). He does so because many people are going about “with minds set on earthly things” (Phil. 3:19). He reminds the Philippians that when we set our minds on earthly things our end is destruction, but when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we have hope in receiving a resurrection like his.

To cause division over a vote is to divide over earthly matters. It is to speak where the Bible has not spoken. There are no commands in the Bible saying a Christian must vote this way or that way. One may try and say a Christian cannot support sin and therefore cannot vote a certain way. I would agree that Christians should not support sin, but what sins are we talking about? Are we talking about adultery, murder, sexual immorality, lying, greed, jealousy, corrupt speech, mistreatment of orphans, mistreatment of foreigners, racism, slander, wrath, etc.? Both major political parties in America have a sin problem. We cannot pick and choose which sins we are ok with and which ones we are not. This is being hypocritical, and not only is it wrong, but it also does great harm to our Christian witness.

The truth is that one day our nation will come to an end just as every nation comes to an end. I hope that day is far off in the future, but it will come. We should do what we can to seek the welfare of the nation in which we live as sojourners and exiles (Jer. 29:7; 1 Pet. 2:11), but we must not let our disagreements on such matters divide us. This is because we belong to a greater kingdom. We are citizens of a kingdom that will never be destroyed. Our allegiance to this kingdom is of far greater importance than where we may reside on earth. Why would we even entertain the idea of allowing a temporal disagreement to stand in the way of our eternal destiny?

There is only one apocalypse, and its message is clear. Jesus wins! The kingdoms of this world will continue to disappoint. Jesus does not disappoint! The kingdoms of this world will continue to cause division. Jesus unites! He is lord of Lords and king of Kings, and we are Jesus followers. We wear the name of Christ. Let us act accordingly. Let us not divide over an election that means very little in the grand scheme of things, but instead, let us bear witness to the eternal kingdom of God in which we are citizens.

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