Sunday, December 18, 2011

NATION BUILDING VS. KINGDOM LEADERSHIP

FROM TIME TO TIME I COMMENT ON A BLOG WRITTEN BY A FRIEND OF MINE.  IT IS A DISCUSSION AMONG SINCERE MEN WHO WANT TO SERVE CHRIST.  HERE IS A DISCUSSION POSTING I MADE TODAY, AND SINCE IT IS RELEVANT TO MANY "MOVEMENTS" AROUND THE WORLD AMONG CHRISTIANS, I WANTED TO REPOST IT HERE.

A. Brother

I hope I’m not too late to make a comment, guys.

You had me view a video of a speaker from JESUS CULTURE: A New Breed of Emerging Revivalists.  This movement seeks to train a new generation of Christian leaders who want to evangelize the world.  There is a heart for God there, though I would never seek to judge individuals.  The very idea of another self-proclaimed "movement" within Christianity curdles my blood.  It is just this mass thinking, these large-scale attempts to change the churches, that speaks so loudly of our disconnect from Christ.  He was never looking for mass movements.  He was always choosing and calling one man at a time, and looking for the few who would actually follow Him and obey Him.  Another movement like this just adds to the seriously flawed thinking the churches have: that it is in "packaging" some sort of driven, self-purposed, highly-marketed movement that the proper sort of change occurs to the Body of Christ.

One area of serious disagreement I have with this speaker: He is equating leading with nation building. We are a “holy nation” set apart from the nations of this world. Any leading we do will be for the Kingdom of God, which is not of this world. Therefore, to call as he does to the Body of Christ to seek to lead the nations of the earth is a false call. God is not seeking leaders of the nations, He is seeking men who will lead His Kingdom.

Remember the qualifications of a leader in the Kingdom. “Many of those who are first will be last, and the last will be first.” Christ calls His leaders to be servants, and be willing to be like Paul, who was “last in the parade.” We are to die, and show in our dying to self, and our willingness to take the lowest place at the table, that we are Christ’s. That is leadership in the Kingdom of God.

This young man is part of a movement that has been around forever in the churches. When I was young, forty years ago, there were preachers and teachers proclaiming in mass meetings that Christians were to lead this country into righteousness, and be leaders in politics, business, education, and all other areas of life so that we could remain a Christian nation. Unfortunately, as history shows us, God the Father is not interested in nation building in this world. And because the churches are so far from His calling, His Son’s clear call to show ourselves chosen by our willingness to die, to be last in this world, to carry that rough old cross with joy in our hearts, then the churches and the churchianity they have spawned have lost their influence. This country has more mega-churches than ever before, and more Christian music, and more Christian radio, etc, yet is further into darkness than ever before. Could it be we have missed the call? We have refused what David Gale says, and I agree with, that call to be nothing for Christ? To give up everything to follow Jesus?

My thoughts on this are based on recent encounters in my life with Christ, and His clear Word. We must “de-culturize” and drop our modern filters. No amount of rousing preaching from a stage, with hands in the air all over, and shouts of “amen!” will change things. Only the “on the knees” time in quiet with our God and our Lord Jesus will change us. And only those few banding together who know this will experience the true life of fellowship in the Body of Christ that the Lord of the Church intends.  No mass movements allowed.  Christ is Lord, and He will achieve the Kingdom's goals in His Way.

God’s blessing on you all. Thanks for letting me comment.

4 comments:

  1. Dear Brother - it never ceases to amaze me how often you 'hit the nail on the head' Thanks, once again, for a word fitly spoken to the body of Christ.

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  2. Anonymous: The Way is hard, and narrow, and I thank you for your encouragement. Sometimes being the "dissenter" within the crowds of participants just gets very tiring. Blessings on all who listen and hear. In Christ we are safe and secure, no matter the "cultural weather"...

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  3. A. Brother..

    Thank you for posting on my blog! I'm so incredibly encouraged by your heart for the Lord and your postings. Thank you for allowing me to post on my blog! I never know if anyone reads it so to see your comment was pretty exciting.
    Bless you!

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  4. Meredith:
    Blessings back...I know that feeling of posting what the Lord gives you and never knowing if anyone is really listening. Keep it up! Christ is faithful and He will decide who hears.

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