“Brother, come and see who we’ve found! He’s here! The one the prophets told us of… He’s here!”
Israel longed for the days of old. Days they knew nothing of, but the stories were preserved, and oh how they loved to hear of life under the rule of Kings David and Solomon when their small nation was the envy of the world. Rulers from around the globe journeyed to see the glory of their Temple.
They knew nothing of these days because now they lived under Roman rule and their Hebraic culture struggled to remain pure of Hellenistic influence. Their kingdom was all but gone. What remained were memories and the promise of a Messiah who was to come.
There is no question as to what Jesus’ closest friends expected of Him. With one final opportunity to speak with their Lord on this earth, they asked, “Will you now wage war against the world and restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Their Messiah came. He came to wage a war, but not the war that Israel wanted. He came to build a Kingdom, but not a kingdom of this world. He came to stir up a resistance, but the tyranny He would defeat was won against the evils of darkness, sin, and death.
Arrogance… it’s what drove John and Peter to strive for that honored seat at the King’s side. Little did they understand that in the Kingdom Jesus was building, His followers would sit with Him, not beside Him.
Arrogance… it’s still what drives me to confuse a real and meaningful resistance with political gain in the world today.
Our Founding Fathers were right to resist the burden placed on our nation’s citizens. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was just in his decision to resist the atrocities of Nazi Germany. We are morally obligated to stand once again in resistance of tyranny.
Still, before taking up arms, I’m convinced I must ask myself some very relevant questions.
Is my concern for my nation evidenced by a prayer life of pleading before my God, the only One who can really change anyone’s heart?
Is my concern for my nation evidenced by a life surrendered to the Great Commission? Do I spend every breath God has given me in an intentional pursuit to engage others with the gospel? Do I spend and am I being spent for the sole purpose of making disciples for Jesus Christ?
If my answer to any of these questions is ‘no,’ then the war that needs waging is a little closer than Washington.