Jesus’ Politics

This might seem a paradox as Jesus did not appear concerned with the Roman occupation of Israel, the major political issue of His time. He told Pilot directly, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36)  He added a time qualifier “now” as He is coming back to establish God’s rule on earth. Unquestionably, His objective was demonstrating Father God’s concerns, nature, and purposes. Where a conflict existed between God’s will and Jewish tradition, custom, or practice, He protested, declared and promoted God’s position emphatically and consistently. He was a singular advocate for God’s Government. John the Baptist had prepared the way of reform with a baptism of repentance and fervor for righteousness. Human governance was not opposed as He paid taxes, and recognized peace officers authority and purpose. (Rom. 13:3-4) He told the crowds, “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” (Matthew 23:2-3) Like an opposition leader He gave specific examples of corruption of religious leaders who made compliance with God’s way difficult and burdensome, were self-promoting and arrogant. He asserted that no man should be given the title of “Teacher” or “Instructor”. These may seem like political statements, particularly given that Jewish law was interrelated with civil law, which the Romans had usurped. 

I heard of a book and teaching regarding a Christian approach to politics, entitled “Not in it to Win” and the author explained that political views are subsidiary to Christian views and therefore, politics should not override our duty to love others and maintain unity in spite of politics. There is truth in this, although I have not read the book, scripture clearly says we are not to allow our preferences in religious practice to separate Believers. (Col. 2:16-19) Such divisions are widespread irrespective of scripture and have spawned denominations and reform movements ad infinitum. Within the Congregation of Believers we must seek unity, and this may be a similar demarcation for our political views. Groups that do not recognize Yeshua Messiah as Lord and Savior are heretical so we can have no fellowship as joint Believers. Minor differences should be areas for acquiescence recognizing differences in levels of faith. (1 Cor. 8:1-8) Even as critically important as the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence is to the Believer, we must recognize differences in faith, by which the Spirit operates. In politics a similar approach may be warranted, such that where insane, unconstitutional, criminal, detestable, lewd, or corrupt policies and laws are implemented or advocated by a political party, we cannot acquiesce, but it is not necessary to argue over minor aspects.

Though Yeshua associated with tax collectors, sinners, reformed Zealots, etc. He did not harbor criminals or advocate corruption, even by association. Paul identified specific people to avoid, “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.” (Titus 3:9-11) We can not deny the truth of scripture and approve detestable acts contrary thereto, irrespective if it is labeled political.

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