The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD” (John 1:23)

Two Kingdoms, One Way

The United States Supreme Court is going to be deciding soon on the fate of abortion at the federal level. Nine justices appointed for life (ultimately by God — see Romans 13:1-8) are going to issue a ruling.

Despite the fact that no one gets a say in this decision, it sure has brought the hornets out of their respective nests! They are buzzing all over social media.

Unfortunately as is usual, there are people invoking Christ’s name who “do not know what manner of spirit [they] are of” (Luke 9:55). They seem not to realize that true believers in Christ were purchased out of this world (Acts 20:28; Eph 1:14) and conveyed into another kingdom (Col 1:13) where Christ is King. So, instead, they argue with others hoping to change minds and, thereby, better the world.

Christians say they are standing up for “what is right”. Is that our mission, to be the morality police? No. Think bigger (Matthew 24:9-14; 1 John 4:17-18). Are you being hated for your opinion or for truly representing Jesus Christ? If a Jew, a Muslim or an atheist also share your opinion, then it isn’t the latter!

Does the Bible say that the “weapons of our warfare” are carnal in nature (2 Cor 10:4)? Are we supposed to argue “according to the basic principles of this world” and not according to Christ (Col 2:8)? Seems that would be an inversion to both those verses.

Ultimately, there are two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the power of darkness/Satan representing every other nation & power on earth (Luke 22:53; Acts 26:17-18; Col 1:13). At some point in the future, all kingdoms will be His and worship Jesus forever (Rev 11:15). The King of Kings is in the process of subduing all His enemies (Psalms 2 & 110). Which kingdom do you want the Lord to find you laboring in when he returns (Matt 25:13)?

Remember, Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. If it were, His servants would fight. (John 18:36)

How does the world come into the knowledge of the truth? It is through…

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)

“That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6).

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (Rom 8:14)

So the problem is NOT abortion. Here’s the problem: “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) We battle far upstream, broadcasting the seed of the Word of God (Matt 13; 2 Tim 4:2). It is up to God to do the rest (1 Cor 3:6).

Lest we think that God needs our help with the particulars, keep in mind this is the same God that put an evil spirit in the very first king (Saul) He appointed for His chosen people (1 Sam 16:14). He also put lying spirits in false prophets (1 Kings 22:23) and had His very own prophet lie to king Ahab (1 Kings 22:15-17)! Isaac lied (Gen 26:7). Rebekah, his wife, schemed with Jacob to steal a blessing from Isaac (Gen 27:5-19). In fact, this lying scheme was so central to God’s plans that the entire nation of Israel, all 12 tribes including the Messiah, would issue from Jacob rather than Esau (whom God hated). So should all the Christians gather their picket signs and lecture the world on how wrong it is to do evil all the while opposing the intent of almighty God??

For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16)

In other words, saints, be led by the Spirit (Rom 8:13; Gal 5:18)!

Nowhere in scripture does Jesus or His apostles preach about reducing sin in the world to people who are, otherwise, spiritually dead (Eph 2:1). Instead, they preach to bring people to life in Christ and teach and reprove the church.

In view of all this….

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18)

“Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Cor 10:32-33)

“Speak nothing into the ears of a man without discernment,
Lest he treat your wise words with contempt.”  (Prov 23:9 Orthodox Study Bible LXX)

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4 responses to “Two Kingdoms, One Way”

  1. I have always supported Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose.
    A woman is brutally raped and as a result has to carry her rapists child. Or a drug addiction makes a woman unable to be a proper parent. There are many women who have children by multiple men and she uses and abused them.
    Those kids often wish they had been aborted. Many women just should not have children. I know what I think God would want. How can I be convinced that taking away abortion is right. Your words and phrasing is over my head a bit so I’m not clear which way you are leading on this subject.

    • I’m not trying to lead either way on the subject of abortion. My point is that the church of God has no place trying to argue with others publicly about political issues. People may say that abortion is a moral issue. Regardless, we shouldn’t try to argue morality either. We should attend to widows, orphans, the poor, etc, set a good example, and share the gospel to those around us as the Spirit leads.

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