Some friends have wondered why I’m not more direct about politics here. Honestly, it’s a big temptation for me. But my reason is simple: I eschew politics in order to guard against muddying the waters of the Kingdom or alienating those who come here with a hungry heart. Others may be called to write about political issues, but my call is to write about the Kingdom.
This morning I read Matthew 9:35-38:
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
Evangelicals have traditionally seen this passage as a plea for more evangelists whose preaching will rescue multitudes from an eternity in hell. But a closer examination shows that Jesus’ primary concern here is not so much about the afterlife, but about the condition of the people in the here-and-now. They were “distressed and dispirited”, (an internal problem), and “like sheep without a shepherd”, (a societal problem). It kinda sounds like the present condition of humanity.
Jesus, of course, was busy preaching “the gospel of the kingdom“, which is God’s total answer to man’s total need. And he was calling for others to preach that same message. The good news of the Kingdom is just as much about rescuing people from their “present” hell as it is about rescuing them for eternity. That’s something that politics will never be able to do. And that’s why I reserve this blog for the Kingdom.