God is forever. His word is forever. His kingdom is forever.
These are so much grander than any nation or empire that has ever existed on Planet Earth. It would be laughable to even try to compare them. Do we realize how insignificant our present day nationality will be in the kingdom of God? The work of God’s kingdom is exponentially more consequential than anything else.
The New Testament offers instruction and portrays primitive church precedent that point to certain guidelines for governance… or, at least, principles that are intended to be extrapolated for proper interaction and edification for the common good under God. However, the contexts in which these principles appear generally connect them to the activity and spiritual health of local Christian assemblies, for their proper development and edification. They establish a precedent by which we today might have some clarity regarding the primary role of churches anywhere in the world, whenever and wherever they take root… from the time of Christ in Jerusalem until His return.
Even maintaining that narrower perspective for applying New Testament teaching, we do not all answer the following questions the same way:
I keep searching through the New Testament for a set of generic blueprints for building a “true church” church building. I am still looking for chapter and verse for a divinely inspired set of church by-laws. As soon as I find the phrase, “church service”, that should be where I find precise instructions on how to do a Sunday morning… or the proper organization of a Sunday School… and other details that, so far, I have sort of had to figure out on my own.
And I haven’t actually made my point yet:
When we attempt to stretch our extrapolations of New Testament teaching to a society at large or to a political framework for a nation, from a principled exegetical perspective, we are now walking a tightrope between two skyscrapers in the middle of a hurricane.
We are going to be even less in agreement because the gaps to fill are much larger and more numerous. It is not strange that people calling themselves Christian, with whom we share a fundamental bond, can be found in nearly every slot on the political spectrum.
I wonder where our strongest allegiance should be… with whom… and for what purpose?
"For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, "'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'"" (Acts 13:47)
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