…these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.” (Acts 17:7 NKJV)
This phrase jumped out at me today. It’s talking about a group of Christ followers from Thessalonica.
This past weekend I told my church that the way our nation will be transformed is not primarily through the ballot box this November. That is an important part of our life as citizens in this nation. But it starts with an internal transformation. Anytime we put government above Christ, we start to lose our way and our influence. The reason this church has such an impact in their city, is because they followed Christ first and foremost.
Here’s the dilemma Christians have in America: are you a Republican or Democrat first or a Christian first? They are not the same thing. At some point Christ’s teachings will fly in the face of your political ideology and at that point will the rest of the citizens say of you: “they are acting contrary to our policies, to our political statements?”
To be a dangerous church means that we will not align ourselves with any political party. We will align ourselves with the teachings of Jesus. We will tell all political parties that there is only one King and He has the way to eternal and abundant life. That won’t be politically correct, but since when was Christianity ever suppose to be political correct? Let’s give ourselves to Jesus only and not yoke ourselves with anyone and certainly not with any political group.