POLITICS & PANDEMICS: When Christians Disagree
Matthew 8:1-15 February 7, 2021
Pastor Joel Bubna
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. MATTHEW 6:10
Jesus is King.
When Jesus teaches us how to pray, he tells us to ask for the kingdom to come.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added as well. MATTHEW 6:33
A New Kind of Kingdom
Jesus didn’t come to improve the kingdom of this world, He came to give us a new kingdom. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus tells us what kingdom life looks like.
A new way of living anywhere, not a physical place.
It’s what life looks like under the reign of a good King.
A relationship, not a membership.
It’s what happens when you embrace Jesus and submit to Him.
Kept by love and grace, not by power and sword.
Worldly kingdoms are established and held by strength and defense, but the weapons of the kingdom are love and grace.
The Language of the Kingdom
MATTHEW 5:7, 5:43-47
The arms Jesus offers to his disciples are love and sacrifice. The law can modify behavior, only love can change the heart.
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” SIMONE WEIL
“If you put love where there is none, then love is there.” JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542-1591)
Loving the unlovely. MATTHEW 8:1-4
Loving those who don’t look like you. MATTHEW 8:5-13
Jesus is saying that loving people who think like you, who vote like you is no honor, everyone does that.
The King really likes the outsider.
Have you ever thought of having one over for dinner?
- Listen to perspective across the political divide.
- Pay attention to the best arguments from both sides, not just self-selected quotes by talking heads.
- Walk in another person’s shoes, try to see what they see.
Loving the ones in the margins. MATTHEW 8:14-15
In the temple:
- Lepers were excluded
- Gentiles could not enter the outer court
- Women were fenced out of the inner court
The Path of the King
The King willingly chose the path of sacrificial love to bring his kingdom.
The defining mark and evidence of his kingdom is love.
Your Kingdom Come…
When we pray for this, do we know what we’re asking?
MAKE IT PERSONAL
- What are habits are helping me live Jesus’ kingdom well in my relationships? What habits do I need to let go?
This week look for people who are overlooked or un-listened to.