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2/9/12 at 07:32 AM 0 Comments

Where Is The Righteousness of God?

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Have Churches Forsaken Jesus' Warning About the Kingdom of God in Favor of Materialism and Worldliness?

Of all things to strive for, achieve or even begin to consider, Jesus set before us a crucial task for absolute success in this world. In Matthew 6:33, He advised us to "... seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you [KJV]". In the discussion Jesus places, "all these things" secondary to the quest for the kingdom of God and his righteousness. There is an obvious directive for us as faithful believers to set a priority for our most significant concerns and desires in this world. With so many failed attempts to solve or even address such a myriad of problems in our culture, one might be wise to consider the notion that we have consulted and allied with practically everyone but Jesus! He, in turn is offering solutions to those issues which plague us because those very things we seek answers and solutions to are spiritually-driven. Unfortunately, they are only accessible through the realm of God's kingdom and not the things of this world.

Evidence is clear that even we as the body of Christ—the church—have made materialism the driving force in our lives as well as practically every decision we make! Our insatiable appetite for "all these things" have made us servant to this world's powers, especially our own government! The American Heritage dictionary describes it as being "the theory or doctrine that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life." Having forgotten that anything offered by this world comes with a price, we have ceded our youth to public schools and our senior citizens to social security and nursing homes, while we take on the assumed luxury of being free of the burden of caring for them. However, the message in "the kingdom of God and his righteousness" tells us that the family should care for their elders and parents are solely responsible for the education of their children!

This juxtaposition strongly suggests that we have placed the proverbial "cart before the horse" and have taken upon ourselves the ensuing repercussions that come along with possessing a form of godliness without power! If our greatness lies within the size and magnificence of our buildings and the vastness of our ministries, instead of the mystical wonder of our supernatural God, then it can easily understood why our culture is in such turmoil! Evidence strongly suggests that even the Christian community is moved more by "all these things" rather than seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Simply put, we sacrifice the spiritual principles of God for the material things of this world!

The best example that may also pose as an indictment against us is in the choosing of our political leaders. Jobs, economy and taxes are the three most commonly-stated interests—material things. The kingdom of God is the source of principles that overshadow and subordinate all else, including anything we might muster together. In our erroneous line of thought, no matter how unrighteous one may be, as long as the taxes are low, the economy is booming and the employment is high, even the most notable of the Christian leaders will declare their loyalty!

"Who will bring the economy back... who will lower our taxes?" are the loudest voices coming from many of the most revered clergymen. Only four years ago at Houston's mayor Anise Parker's inaugural ceremony and the close of her speech, she affectionately kissed her lesbian mate who stood beside her. There was not a whimper from the pulpits until she as mayor started the push for city residents and businesses (including schools and churches) to begin paying what was called a "drainage fee" as a way to raise revenue for the city. The outrage grew into a futile movement to oust her at the last November election cycle, not because of her unrighteousness lifestyle, but because of the assessed tax disguised as a fee! Perhaps the application of Kingdom Principles made available through the obedience to Jesus' advice would have prevented the entire episode.

Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remark about "passing the health care bill to see what's in it" now comes into greater focus. Most recently, as the Obama administration's health care program begins to be unveiled, we see the mandate for all employers including religious organizations to provide reproductive health care for women. This includes contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs such as the "morning after" pill. Only now are we beginning to see some viable sign of Christian dissent! With the Catholic leadership in front, and various protestant groups and organizations somewhere in the room, one might wonder where were they before? The Obama administration has clearly telegraphed a disdain for Christianity and the fundamental principles of the faith! However, Paul A. Rahe's article in Ricochet Magazine titled, "American Catholicism's Deal with the Devil" provides a scathing anaylsis of how the church itself helped to pave the way for government's encroachment upon our basic freedoms.

In Cairo, Egypt President Obama pledged to use the power of his office to defend Islam. In Istanbul, Turkey he declared that America was no longer a Christian nation. He is a disciple of Rules for Radicals author and left-wing philosopher Saul Alinsky, whose book dedication pays gives honor and praise to Lucifer, the first revolutionary. Though he professes to be a Christian, in an March 27, 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, Obama showed a deeper and truer part of himself by intimating that he believed that there were other ways to heaven—a staunch contradiction to Jesus' "I am the way..." declaration in John 14:6. Neither is it neither secret nor surprise that President Barak Obama has a cold, callous and cryptic view of the unborn! One could only wonder how the 2008 presidential election would have turned out if the Christian were as concerned then as they are now!

Evidence strongly suggests that our way has not been God's way, and neither has his thoughts been our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness would have led us into a much better direction. It was a mistake for our churches and Christian leaders to rise up with such great pomp and indignation so late in the game! The issues plaguing our nation are not merely rooted in materialistic matters—they are moral and spiritual! So may America repent and truly seek after God as he directs us in 2 Chronicles 7:14...

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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