Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:33–37, NIV 1984).
My Musings – There is nothing wrong with Christians being concerned about the direction of our country. There is nothing wrong with examining the character of the candidates, or their platforms, against Biblical principles as we evaluate their overall qualifications for the job. It is one of the privileges we enjoy as citizens of a free society and democracy.
As mankind drifts further and further away from Godly standards, we will find it harder and harder to exercise that right, as we eventually find ourselves choosing between the lesser or two “evils.” Maybe we are already there. If so, we must remember where our true citizenship lies. Kings and kingdoms of this world will disappoint us from time-to-time. Often egregiously. We may find ourselves mad. Mad enough to fight. The question is, how do we “fight?”
Jesus said, “my kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight.” Given the context, I believe He meant physically fight. It was not the right time for that fight. So He submitted to death, even death on a cross. Now is not the time for that kind of fight either. Until that time comes, and His return is getting closer, we must be wise about how we “fight.”
Clearly, we “must obey God rather than man.” (Acts 5:29). But we must also remember that ultimately, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood.” (Ephesians 6:12). So, “though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” (2 Corinthians 10:3–4, NIV 1984).
My Advice – “Be very careful, then, how you live [and fight]—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15–17, NIV 1984). “Do not wage war as the world does,” because our “kingdom is not of this world.”
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:13–18, NIV 1984).