The Gospel of the Kingdom announced by Jesus is a message of hope and joy for men and women in every nation.
I have observed that many Christians associate “Christianity” with certain nations and political ideologies, especially so-called western “civilization.” This contradicts the universal message of the biblical faith, indeed, perverts it.
Consistently, the New Testament warns of coming deceivers and apostasy in the “last days.”
Many churches are now focused on the expected end-times “revival” that, supposedly, is poised to begin, one that will be accompanied by unprecedented “signs and wonders” that will win billions of souls and pave the way for Christ’s return. And these same miraculous “signs” have become the rallying cry, the raison d’être for many church leaders.
Is Jesus the “slain Lamb,” or has he become the “roaring” Lion of Judah out to exact vengeance on his enemies?
When certain “super-apostles” began to undermine his teachings, Paul reminded the church that the “serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness,” and warned against anyone who came “proclaiming another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or a different spirit, or a different gospel.” He pointed to the same Christ that he first proclaimed as the benchmark against which all other versions must be measured.
Is the Good News of the Kingdom of God a message of hope that is reserved only for SOME nations, or is it for all?
I admit that over the years I have grown increasingly annoyed at the tendency of some Christians, perhaps far too many, to associate, conflate and even identify the Christian faith with their nation and culture. Apparently, certain nations are more privileged than others before the Almighty. But all such notions are contradicted by the gospel proclaimed by Jesus and his apostles.
Contrary to the claims of many politicians, and not a few church leaders, Jesus is the only light on the hill that illuminates the world.
Political leaders invoke “god” to validate their power, and the most popular religions are employed to do so. Just as officeholders today pay lip service to “Judeo-Christian values,” so Caesar appealed to the traditional Roman gods for divine approval. Patriotism and religious faith become synonymous, and lack of nationalistic fervor is now heresy.