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.

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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.

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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.

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Why do church leaders excuse lying, adultery, and other serious sins when committed by their political allies?

Early in my Christian walk, I was taught to strive for holiness in every area of life. Sin must not be tolerated in thought, word, or deed. “Do not evil that good may come!”  As a disciple of Jesus, I was to live “separate” from the fallen world, not physically, but spiritually and morally. His follower must not be “unequally yoked together” with sinners.

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God allows evil rulers to govern us and uses them to accomplish His plans, but He also calls us to show them due respect and obedience.

Paul exhorted Christians residing in the heart of the Empire to respect governors and magistrates, to obey the emperor, and to pay their taxes. Existing authorities “have been arranged by God,” therefore, anyone who opposes the government is opposing “the arrangement of God.” That he stated this about the Roman government raises a dilemma for many of us.

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