By Al Benson Jr.
We see in operation today two kingdoms in the world—the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of man (the state). There are few legitimate governments anymore that really comprise the “state.” Most of the legitimate ones are gone, having been replaced with dictatorships, oligarchies, or fake “republics” that fool people with charades they refer to as elections and whose results have already been predetermined long before the “election” takes place. We recently had one of those in the United States.
There is a place for legitimate governments in God’s economy, governments that fulfill their God-ordained duties and functions and do no more than that. When I talk about the kingdom of man (the state) I am not referring to those few governments that do this. I am referring to all those governments run by men who think they are, or wish to be “god” in their own countries and around the world. Such people and governments are at war with God’s Kingdom. As horrendous as things look at this point in history, this is a war that those who seek to be “god” cannot win. They will always, at some point, lose, even if we do not live to see it.
Pastor Steve Wilkins of Monroe, Louisiana has stated: “We have two kings and two kingdoms. Both make similar claims. They cannot coexist. We are being told that the story of the coming of Jesus is the story of the great war between the city of God and the city of man. The seed of the Woman versus the seed of the Serpent. Every man must now choose between Christ or Caesar, the Kingdom of this world or the Kingdom of God.”
This was true in Roman times. The Christians in the Roman Empire would have gotten along splendidly and been able to worship had they only been willing to acknowledge Caesar as lord first. As Christians they could not do this. Jesus is Lord, not Caesar. In fact Caesar doesn’t even come close, nor did Lincoln, Roosevelt, Clinton, Bush, nor does Obama. All of these men presided over governments that went far beyond their constitutional prerogatives as Obama’s does today.
Pastor Wilkins set this in a historical perspective taken from the Gospel of Luke. He noted: “Two Kingdoms are now present, represented by two kings. The great King of Rome had brought peace—but his peace was founded upon destruction. His peace was based upon continual war. By contrast, the young King in Bethlehem will bring peace by giving up his own life and in so doing, giving life to a world condemned to die.” Caesar’s “peace” was based upon continual war. How is this different from where this country is going today. We’ve been fighting wars in the Middle East for over a decade now as we go from one country to the next—from Afghanistan to Iraq—and then if it is Israel’s wish, on to Iran, Syria, and who knows where else. Supposedly we are bringing “democracy” to the Middle East. Hogwash! We are bringing destruction to the Middle East—and creating more resentment, and do you think our national leaders don’t realize this? A century ago we sent missionaries to these places. Now we send armies, tanks, and drones. We trust in military strength to forward our dreams of empire and we seek to be the police force for the entire world, or at least one in competition with Russia, who also wants to run the world. So the kings of this world compete with one another.
But in one area they will work with one another—and that area is the destruction of God’s Kingdom—to be replaced with their own—and once that happens they will fight with each other to see who will end up as top dog. Or maybe the heads of all these governments already have an agenda they will impose of their countries once they feel they have gotten God out of the way—sort of a “United Nations” agenda—Agenda 21 worldwide! But to do that they have to have the privately owned guns! Not to worry, they are working on that.
It would seem that to be loyal to God’s Kingdom most will, at some point, have to draw a line in the spiritual sand and say “Thus far and no further.”
Whatever comes, Christians can not just sit back and say “The Lord’s in control so I don’t have to do anything except be a spectator.” Sure the Lord is in control. To deny that would be folly. But from what I gather from the Scriptures He often used people to accomplish His ends. He could have done it differently, being Sovereign, but He usually used people and I think He will do the same is our day—if we are willing to quit being spiritual couch potatoes and seek His guidance as to what He wants us to do. Moses didn’t want to go back to Egypt but he went. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh, in fact he tried to go the other way, but in the end he went and the Lord used him. I think it might well be the same today. Our forefathers resisted tyrannical government in Great Britain. Where would we be if they hadn’t? Is our duty less than theirs?
It seems that we need to inquire of the Lord what He wants us to do, how He wants us to oppose the Kingdom of Caesar (the state) and before we take action we need to pray, worship, and get some direction from Him. If we are willing to do this I think He will give us direction—but first worship and prayer. Then let’s see what He has in mind for us.