Series: That You May Know Life
Title: Part 1
Date: March 5/6, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
As a follow of Jesus, here is the challenge: Faith before Politics. As a follower of Jesus, my faith will drive and inform my politics.
The Triumphal Entry. (Very political scene in Jesus life)
The people wanted to make Jesus a political king: They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:12-13 (NIV)
For first century Jewish people faith and politics were essentially synonymous. This did not go well for them. The people confused political (temporary) salvation with spiritual (eternal) salvation.
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:25-26 (NIV)
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
If you are living by the first commandment then it will be obvious by the way you treat other people.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV)
We say, "How can you be a follower of Jesus AND hold that political view?” We want permission to not love someone in politics. All behavior makes sense in context. Political views make sense in context.
Remember God is Sovereign: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1(ESV)
As followers of Jesus, we must live…
· Faith before Politics
· People before Politics
· Relationships before Politics
· Love before Politics
I am not saying you shouldn’t have an opinion and I am not saying you shouldn’t be in politics.
The goal of the church is not to export morality to the rest of society. Our goal as a church is to help the rest of society to encounter the resurrected Jesus. Mike Goldsworthy
Our Hope is in God alone. “…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
· How are you feeling about the political season? Enjoying it or wanting it to end?
· Phil mentioned that the Jewish people of Jesus day confused political (temporary) salvation with spiritual (eternal) salvation. Do you see any examples of this in our current society?
· Read Matthew 20:25-26. How should Jesus’ view of leadership inform our view of politics and political leaders?
· Read Matthew 22:37-40. What would it look like for Jesus’ teaching on love to influence our engagement in politics and voting?
· With politics, is there an area in your life where it is challenging to keep love, relationship, and people as the priority?
· What comes to mind when you hear Mike Goldsworthy statement? “The goal of the church is not to export morality to the rest of society. Our goal as a church is to help the rest of society to encounter the resurrected Jesus.”
· If God is our only hope and He is sovereign, how might that influence how you engage in this political season?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?