If you’re a believer and you’re fighting battles through particular religious filters and with your own intellect, then Jesus says, “you will have what your faith expects!” (Matt 9:29). In this case, heated discourse and circular debates will likely be one outcome of many.
If you’re a believer and you’re allowing Jesus to show you how to govern over global situations, and you have taken religious limitations and filters off your minds, Jesus says, “you will have what your faith expects!” (Matt 9:29). In this case, God’s Kingdom will likely take precedence.
If you’re a believer and you have decided to rest in Jesus and to speak what He is speaking and do what He is doing from within that place of rest, then Jesus says, “you will have what your faith expects!” (Matt 9:29) One likely outcome is that the Father’s will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
So many believers are battling global issues with their intellects and political stances at the moment, when the bible clearly says we don’t battle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers… but then, as believers choose to do battle in the former (flesh and blood), Jesus says, “you will have what your faith expects” and everything that comes with that choice.
I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t get involved with politics or debate, but I am suggesting that the motivations or questions behind what is fueling our choices, are either, (a) “is Jesus real, or isn’t He? Did He not say to pray that what is done in Heaven be done on earth?” or (b) “what’s done on earth is already done on earth, therefore we will only talk about what is already done on earth?” thus we either choose to anchor ourselves in the temporal or the eternal. We choose our nice, neat, little boxes, or we choose his ways and thoughts which a higher, wider, and deeper than our own.
Our reason and logic will only take us as far as our reason and logic will allow. It’s the same with politics. The political arena is largely limited to the human understanding of those who step into the political arena. Whichever “boxes” people step into politics with, they are the boxes that will ultimately manifest in the political and social arenas of our worlds.
Yes, we live in the world, but we are not of it. The bible clearly says this. John 17:14 says, “I have given them your message and that is why the unbelieving world hates them. For their allegiance is no longer to this world because I am not of this world.” From this, I take that our allegiance isn’t to a political party, agenda, or type of discourse—it is to Jesus first and foremost, and then secondarily, we “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.”
Finally, I’m (also) not suggesting that we shouldn’t speak out on issues. We should. If we truly believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, then we will be moved by His compassion, love, and (on occasion) even a holy anger at things like deception and truth twisting, human trafficking, societal unrest, political bias, and so forth… but that doesn’t mean that we have to filter our entire worlds through these things, or create lenses from them.
We have been born again from above. We have access to the mind of Christ. Do we ultimately believe these truths, or do we not? No matter which truth we choose, Jesus has said that we will “have what our faith expects” (Matt 9:29). What is our faith expecting right now?