On the issue of changing laws in America: Humans possess power to accomplish or do anything – even change the definition of marriage that has been around for a couple of thousand years. American’s might even decide legally to adopt animals as children so tax dollars could go toward their education at an approved doggie training school. We could do it as long as we can get enough people to agree and get politicians to legislate accordingly. That’s the way a democracy works…right? Majority rules.
I am a citizen of the U.S., a democracy which is a government by the people. Everyone has a say in making decisions and forming laws through popular choice. Every person, acting according to their own opinion, will make decisions, usually according to how it affects them personally. This brings about a lot of discussion and arguing – trying to convince others of one’s opinion.
I am also a citizen of a kingdom, the kingdom of God, which operates entirely different from a democracy. In a kingdom, the ruler makes the laws and everyone else follows. I don’t influence the ruler of that kingdom, but he influences me. It makes a difference whether the ruler has his people’s best interest at heart. A good ruler will always take care of his people and the people in return will give him honor and respect because of his good care.
I was born in the U.S., automatically entitling me to citizenship, but I have chosen to become a citizen of God’s kingdom, too. Therefore, I have dual citizenship. Sometimes the lines are blurred when it comes to deciding what is right. The overriding factor for those who possess dual citizenship in God’s kingdom are His way, not our way. In past years, a majority of Americans possessed dual citizenship, influencing the laws toward God’s way but that is no longer the case. Then a majority of Americas considered God’s influence first and that affected policies in the U.S. Now God’s kingdom laws don’t dominate in the majority of decisions because they don’t dominate the majority of people.
I believe God is a good ruler of his kingdom. I don’t believe he tries to keep us from anything good and I believe he tries to protect us from harm. He has given guidelines for citizenship in his kingdom in order to prevent us from all kinds of trouble. His kingdom is peaceable and his guidelines bring personal and relational peace. But I am also a citizen of the U.S. and these laws do affect me and how I live.
God’s love, mercy, and grace, attributes of His kingdom, should compel everyone with dual citizenship. But we should not let our grace be misguided. Majority does not rule. Only one does. I do not tell God how to rule his kingdom, he tells me. Much different than a democracy. Those living outside of God’s kingdom don’t understand this kingdom principal and will continue to demand their way expecting mercy and grace from others.
Paul of the Bible said this a couple of thousand years ago. “You should know this, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. (2Timothy 3: 1 – 5 NLT) We should pray always…Thy kingdom come on earth - as it is in heaven.