The Politics of Jesus: I Pledge Allegiance

Prayer of the Week

(pray this prayer each day this week)

 

Almighty Lord, My God and King

There is no one like you. You invite me into your family and grant me citizenship in your kingdom. By the faith of Jesus and in following his will and ways, I enter into your gates. Justice and mercy are the laws of the land. Love, hope, and life are everywhere to be found. How different this is from the kingdoms and governments of this world. Everywhere I turn I see injustice, selfish gain, abuse of power, and polarized conflict. Human sin does this…   no matter how good our intentions might be to start out. This week guide me to pledge my allegiance to you and your kingdom even as I work to bring your justice and mercy to the kingdoms of this world. Let me shine with your glory and good news

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

 

Read Matthew 4:1-11

Week 1: Questions for Reflection

 

At the start of his earthly ministry, right after being baptized, Jesus goes into the wilderness for 40 days. There he is tempted by Satan with all sorts of worldly temptations. The last of these temptations is Satan’s offer to ‘give’ all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor to Jesus if he would bow down and worship Satan. How can Satan give the kingdoms of the world to Jesus? Because, the Scripture says, HE owns them, not God. This is a powerful revelation as to the extent of sin in the world. Even the kingdoms and governments of the world (wittingly or unwittingly) serve sin. The only viable political path for the Christian to walk is in citizenship to the Kingdom of God first. Or, as Jesus says in response to Satan: “It is written, worship the Lord your God and serve only Him”.

 

List out your political convictions. How do they stack up with values of God’s Kingdom?

 

 

Describe your political activity. Does it conform to the fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)?

 

 

Now observe the political convictions and activity being showcased in the news and current events (from all different political affiliations). How do they stack up with the values of God’s Kingdom? How do they conform to the fruits of the Holy Spirit?