Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Christianity and politics have been strange or even estranged bed fellows. Christians are either so heavenly focused that they pay no attention to what is happening in the world or so worldly that they start to disregard the ultimate truth of scripture and make the actions of the world their point of reference.
Some say that the church and politics do not mix. To this I respond: Are not the following both political and religious questions? - Abortion - gambling - pornography - domestic violence - hunger and poverty etc. Do Christians not have an opinion when a government spends millions on weapons and neglects to educate it's children? Nearly all questions are political and religious at the same time.
Another issue that confuses Christians is the enormity of the problems of the world. It is easier to focus on heaven and forget about the world. I have often thought that "us little Christians have nothing to say. Our own house (the church) is in such a mess that we have nothing to contribute to the running of the city, province and country". I now believe that this is a lie of the evil one to keep the "salt and light" out of the governance of our cities. Christians too often say and do nothing and the worldly minority rule.
Our country is more than 75% Christian. In the last election about 50% of our people were registered to vote and about half of those registered voted. The ruling party gained about 66% of the 25% who voted. The ruling party therefore gained only 17% of the total vote. Christians not using their vote are giving the country to the secular humanists.
BIBLICAL LEADERS IN AN UNGODLY WORLD
God clearly placed Joseph in Egypt to use him as a political tool to improve the lives of all. Joseph used his God given abilities and wisdom. God gives gifts of discernment, administration, generosity, compassion etc.
Genesis 41:12 "Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. ... 16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."
Genesis 41:33-55 "And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. ... so that the country may not be ruined by the famine." The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you." So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." ... He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, "Make way !" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt." ... Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and travelled throughout Egypt. ... When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
Daniel 1:17-20 "To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. ... The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king's service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom."
Daniel 2:27-30 "Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these: "As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand."
Daniel 2:47-49 "The king said to Daniel, "Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries"... Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. Moreover, at Daniel's request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court."
Daniel 4:25 "You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes."
SOME POINTERS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
All leaders need advice and someone will give it.
Worldly leaders want power but buckle under the responsibility without God's resources.
If worldly leaders will consult witch doctors and mediums - they are desperate (for God).
Christians believe the lie that we cannot make a difference.
Christians are not perfect and all knowing, but God is.
God is interested in the running of the earth - "your kingdom come on earth".
Christians' non involvement gives the evil minority the upper hand.
Christian involvement will even change the none believers in politics.
It is vital that governments acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men.
Date Added: 2011-01-18
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