- Oct 31, 2012
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Christ was taken before Pilot and questioned before he was sent to the cross. Pilot asked, "Are you a king"? Jesus replied, "Yes, but not of this world, because if I were, my disciples would certainly take up arms to free me" I am paraphrasing here, but you get the idea.I've read what you wrote.
Before this, many of the people wanted to make Jesus a king after he did the miracle with the fish and bread. I mean, who does not like free food out of thin air, but when they started shouting to make him an earthy king, he left quickly and rejected their advances. His disciples were just as confused as you are now. Why did he not want to be an earthy king?
And I can show you scriptures about satan being the god of this world and its political systems.
But does this mean Christians cannot hold political office? No. It also does not mean they cannot vote and cannot try to effect positive change that they think will help society, just like everyone else. It just means that the political system they participate in is a whore house of men vying for political power and should not be confused with the righteous nature of God's kingdom.
And as the Founders rightly said, the last thing we want is the state preaching from the pulpit like in England.
In fact, any criticism of the church often comes from the evils of theocracies of the Catholic church with it's Inquisitions and Crusades. Christ had nothing to do with this, rather, it was all about the political power of men. To this day those in the Middle East refer to those in the West as Crusaders.