Global pandemic. Crashed economy. Racial pain. City violence. 2020 has been quite a year. And very soon, a polarized nation elects a president. Are you having fun yet? It often feels to me like the world is spinning out of control and back into primordial chaos.
“The first Christians were adamant that Jesus Christ is, right now, the ruler of the kings of earth.”
Of course, none of this is new. From a political perspective, consider that the early Christians endured fourteen years of rule by an insane and persecuting Nero. Yet they lived in the confidence of the lordship of Christ — even when they had no clout — as they faced ostracism, discrimination, and even death. They spent their lives ministering the gospel to the world, in both word and acts of love, even as they yearned for Jesus to return. If we could recall why they lived so boldly, perhaps we could recover our confidence as well.
So, no matter who is elected, Jesus Christ is still KING. He is still Lord of Lords and He is still sits over all authority, all powers on earth and in heaven for, “the government will rest upon His shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6)
Gerrit Scott Dawson, Pastor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana