Politics – The Hope That Is Within You
July 25, 2010
The Hope That Is Within You
Hopeless – This month the congressional approval rating hit 11%, the lowest in over 40 years. Americans are extremely frustrated with professional politicians, unemployment, the rising debt, the growth of bureaucracy in government, and the erosion of personal liberties. There is a sense of hopelessness, even among Christians, that our nation is being lost. There is not a consensus that simply electing the other party would solve the problems. The complexity of issues and the absence of leadership have led to a very divisive public debate. Confidence in government is at a new low. It’s a perfect storm waiting for the Lord to show Himself through the next generation of Kings in the government mountain.
The reason for hope – We are in a season of silence, and a clear direction is not apparent. It can give rise to fear and anger. We are admonished to “give the reason for our hope.” The obvious first step is to have some hope! Anger should motivate to action.
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… 1 Peter 3:13-16 NIV
In spite of conspiracy theories, doubts, and the fiery darts of the enemy, believers can have an excellent basis for hope. At the highest level we win in the end, even if we lose a few battles along the way. The most obvious way to raise our level of hope is to have a sense of what the Lord is doing to build the Kingdom. That insight can move our hope to a level of faith that leads to action. The final cure for being hopeless is having a plan to solve the problem and getting to work on it. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Kings are being called to find those answers and take dominion over problems right now. Some are being called to fill the leadership gap in government.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. Ps 2:8 NIV
The political Christian – Here is the genius of someone gifted with wisdom for the government mountain. The real answer addresses the concerns of both sides. Debates usually characterize the opposition as at least wrong, and perhaps stupid or immoral for coming to the wrong conclusion. Disagreement can provoke fear in both sides that leads to hatred; we can quickly replace the spirit of love and wisdom that needs to be the trademark of Christ followers. Even people who are “wrong” have a higher value in the Kingdom than the premise of our political beliefs. If we “love” at the right level, there is no fear in losing a political debate. Jesus’ love is the foundation to find the common ground and resolve a problem.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16-18 NIV
“Wisdom” can find the value in both sides of an issue and come up with an answer that addresses everyone’s concerns. I honestly haven’t heard too many of these lately. Godly wisdom with the real answer causes contention to bow and fills the atmosphere with peace and mutual respect.
What are you “hearing” – In the debate of any practical or political issue, we are most interested in hearing God’s viewpoint as a basis for being hopeful. Kings realize that the Lord may only give the general direction, and leave it to us to provide the specifics. Kings do not shy away from searching the matter out and they are persistent enough to finish a fight. I wrote these four general items six months ago in The Sky Is Not Falling, in an attempt to express the heart of God.
1. The US has a mission and prophetic call that the Lord is going to re-establish. Our national destiny is to lead the world out of the current recession and demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit that will make every social, medical and economical problem “bow” before Jesus’ majesty. By our example we are called to lead other nations to be entrepreneurial, creative, industrious, prosperous, confident, and bold in the name of Jesus.
2. A level of creativity and faith is coming into this nation that not only solves medical coverage, but we will find a way to “suddenly” pay off the national debt and lead the world in even higher levels of generosity. Poverty will “bow” before the majesty of Jesus, and captives will be set free to dance in the streets at the goodness of God. The lost will not only be saved, but their cultures will be transformed.
3. The church will unite under a Kingly mandate to equip the saints for the work of ministry in the marketplace. The walls will come down and Kings will release a new level of creativity, innovation, and prosperity that will break the yoke off millions. Every mountain will be occupied.
4. As the light of God grows brighter and brighter, the wheat and tares will be distinguished. The camp of the enemy will grow darker and weaker at the same time. We will “succeed” in filling the earth with His Glory and establishing His Kingdom… and then He will return to a spotless bride. PS – it won’t be tomorrow!
Progress? – Since the above items were written, a government health care bill has been passed that is expensive and controversial and opposed by the majority of voters. It may even be repealed. My only point is that it is not a perfect solution. However, my hope is that, even if it is implemented, I believe a “black market” or “outside the network” approach to health care will surface that is affordable. My “hope” is not pinned to the passage or failure of a bill. The real solution will show itself.
Regarding the economy, we are still in a world-wide recession. Although there is no evidence the stimulus made a real difference, unemployment is high and many are hurting, it appears we are turning a corner and the economy is improving. The US free market is leading the world out of the recession in spite of help from the government. Similarly, the amazing role of capitalism in China is sweeping the nation toward a revival and new prosperity. Free people are choosing life in Christ.
Regarding terrorism, the war in Afghanistan and the threats from Iran… Sue and I traveled to the Middle East in March. What is clear is that radicals exist in a small minority. The vast majority of Muslims aren’t interested in donning suicide vests to kill Jews and Americans. Their hearts are simply searching for the peace that passes understanding. God is giving them dreams, and doors are being opened in the spirit to touch the Middle East.
It’s an exciting time to be alive and see the glory of God manifest in the earth. As one King in the host led by the King of Kings, I’m thrilled to be a part of building the Kingdom. Muslims skipping services and prayer led by authoritarian mullahs out of touch with the real world remind me very much of believers skipping church for many of the same reasons. We are all designed to love Jesus and we all get bored with the institution of religion.
John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church.
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