Two Kingdoms
Monday, September 7, 2009

There is an old adage, "familiarity breeds contempt."  And I realize that the recent on-slaught of "newsletters" may reach that stage with my readers.  But let me explain why I am sending these.  First of all, it is nothing new.  I have had the Kingdom Road Ministries website for over 3 years now.  And I periodically set my musings down for all to read.  But unfortunately in the world of millions of websites, they weren't getting read.  Then I learned how, not just to write on the web, but to send my writings out.  And so my friends are now the recepients of my musings.

Let me ask a favor of you.  If my writings touch you in some way, please pass them on so that others may be touched.  And if you disagree with them, please let me know.  I love to learn more about the Lord.

So, at the risk of my musings finding contempt in your mailbox, here is my latest.

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“Two Kingdoms”“The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (1 Cor. 10:4)
It is evident when you watch the events surrounding our national tragedies such as the Columbine Massacre (and other school tragedies), 9/11 and the horrible kidnappings and brutalizations of children in recent years that there is a vast difference in worldviews which lay claim to lives in America.  Look at the interviews after each event -- Christians speak in spiritual terms: offering spiritual counsel and solutions; looking to God for ultimate answers; and being in much prayer.  On the other hand, the world struglgles to find answers and solutions, all based on orchestration of the systems that we have in place: more gun control; more censureship of the media; more laws; and a continuous manipulation of our freedoms.
There is, beneath all this, an underlying truth that such tragedies bring dramatically to the surface -- that is the duality of the fronts of warfare that must be addressed.  There is the spiritual front.  This is the place where the battle lines are not clearly seen.  The forces of evil are pitted against the forces of good.  Evil is fueled by an absence of God, while good is propelled by Christians on our knees.  In this zone, the weapons of the Christian are prayer, truth, righteousness, salvation, faith, and the living Word of God. (Eph 6:12-18) The enemy fights with lies, complacency, compromise, and human solutions, most of which have no grounding in truth.The other front in the battle, for lack of a better word, is the physical battle.  This is the battle that is out in the open, clearly seen and visible.  It is the outward visible battle that clashes two opposing world views -- even  when both world views may be seeking solutions to the same problem.  This is the battle front where Christians must use God’s laws, commands, and purposes in outward ways.  This is when the fruits of the Holy Spirit must be most visible in us.  It is when we have to work within the system of political structures, societal restraints, and the language of the world.  It is on this battlefront that we Christians have lost our skill and acumen.
When our founders came to this land, they understood fully the duality of the battles they would face.  They knew that they would be victorious in establishing a land based on freedom, goodness, and strength only  if God were fully in charge of both battles.  They placed Him in charge of the spiritual battle, thus giving the spiritual authority over the physical.  They did this by living their lives in purity and righteousness.  There was no commerce on Sundays.  Church was an integral part of the life.  It was the social center; the spiritual center; the learning center; and the governmental center.  All physical life revolved around the church, clearly putting the physical under the authority of the spiritual.But over the years, culminating in the 1962 decision to remove prayer from the schools and public places, the enemy has chipped away at the spiritual dominance over the physical world.  Since that time, commerce on Sundays has become standard.  Now Sunday is the same as any other day of the week.  Other signs of the physical victory over the spiritual has been athletics on Sunday; a rapidly fading church attendance; stewardship in the churches; lack of Sunday School participation; and leisure activities being openly substituted for worship.  These are all outward signs of the inward loss of the battle on the spiritual front.
Something happens in tragedies, however, to dim the line between the Christian world view and the secular.  The culture, even if its just for a moment, seeks the spiritual leaders for insight and solutions.  An opportunity arises for poignant messages of God's love and grace to be heard.  This is a very narrow window and closes quickly.  Satan cannot tolerate such cooperation between his domain and God’s.  So he will work doubly hard to get people focused back on the secular solutions to tragedies.  Why?  Because he knows that none of them will ultimately work.  He knows that the only solution to the problems in American lie in the spiritual solutions.
The solution to the problems which face America now, are the same that faced our founders when they first set foot on this land.  They require a return to God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths.  It means that we place things of God in priority over everything else in the world.  It means returning God to our schools and public places.  It means seeking Him and His righteousness -- first -- and trusting Him to add all other things.  It will mean placing God above commerce, work, play, athletics, and every other thing that separates us from Him.  God knows that to have a blessed nation, it must be a nation that worships Him at the core of its being.   “Blessed is the nation, whose God is the LORD.”

 

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