About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Is The Prophetic Voice?
History provides us
with examples of how the church has attempted to form an alliance
with the state. In some
instances the church has created its own so-called Christian state,
something that was unheard of in the first couple of hundred years of its
history. Back then the church
viewed the state in opposition to all things Biblical, and for good
reason. That all changed in
the fourth century when the Roman Empire compelled its citizens to be
Christians by making Christianity its one and only legal religion.
One of many results of this fusion of church and state was the idea
that government leaders are a prophetic voice to a nation, meaning, God
speaks to the people through government.
In a backlash to
such thinking much of the Evangelical Christian world in which I was
raised believed that Christian involvement in politics was an ungodly
endeavor. That was my frame
of reference until the late 1970's when I was influenced by the American
political movement known as the Christian Conservative Right.
Adherents to this movement maintained that the lack of Biblical
influence in culture was due to the lack of Christian involvement in
Over the decades I
have noticed that some Christians tend to get overly caught up in issues
and movements that result in a pendulum swing away from a balanced
Biblical mindset. I believe
this unbalanced mindset is seen among many American and Canadian
Evangelical Christians today who are blurring the distinction between the kingdoms of men and
Those who keep up with the news of the day will realize that our western world media now views Evangelicals in terms of political conservatism, not in terms of Christian conservatism, as was once the case. In other words, we as Evangelicals are being seen as a political movement instead of a religious movement.
As Evangelicals have become more politically active, it is my opinion that they have become more Biblically illiterate. In the process of political involvement, which by its very nature demands compromise, we have weakened the foundations of our faith. If the Apostle Paul was alive today he might call the gospel we preach "another gospel," a term he coined in Galatians 1:6. In many respects the Biblical view of repentance, faith, and the reception of the Holy Spirit into one's life, which is the foundation of our faith, is no longer seen in what the church teaches.
There is no doubt about it. God does install and uninstall governments to accomplish His will (Daniel 2:21, 4:24). That being said, the Bible does not support the idea that government leaders are God's spokesmen or His prophetic voice to a nation, as is falsely claimed by some today. There is only one prophetic voice to a nation and that is the unified voice of Christians.
kingdoms of men and the Kingdom