What remains? As we have seen, in a moment, governments can topple and regimes can be replaced. That’s the context for what happens in Acts 12. Herod had killed James and was taking on this new movement called Christianity. In one moment, as people are comparing Herod with a god, the true God strikes him down. No more Herod; his regime gone. Very next verse (vs 24): but the word of God grew and multiplied.
Have you ever wondered how God’s word has outlived every major culture and ideology? The Greeks, the Romans, it even survived through Christianity’s darkest days during the Crusades. It will outlive the great democracy of the United States and the growing sects within Islam. It’s even bigger than Christianity itself.
I’ve never worried about His word becoming obsolete. It hasn’t yet and it certainly won’t in my lifetime or my children or their children.
How does that change your confidence in Christianity? Does it change your priorities of what ideology you spread? What I mean, is I sometimes find myself fighting for my American ideology over my Christian ideology. There are differences. As Americans we must have discernment, in a country that has been inculturated with Christian values, in what is American and what is Christian.
For instance, America has a strong value of government by the people, for the people. I am grateful to have grown up within that context. But it is not a biblical value (if you find it, please challenge me on it). It’s not anti-bible either and is probably a really good idea. But as American Christians we must be careful to keep the word of God above the idealogies of our government. As our Christian brothers in the middle east are discovering, real stability will be found on biblical principles, not on any political ideology, and certainly not in any political leader.
God’s word will remain.