The Kindgom Did NOT Arrive Yesterday

Yes, I took some time off yesterday morning to take in the experience of the inauguration.  It was great to sit in the warmth of a room and watch it on television.  I appreciated all the special music, the polite way that both Obama and (Chief Justice) Roberts stumbled through the oath of office together, the I listened to Obama’s speech.

I enjoyed the speech. He said much for the amount of words he used; but we have known for some time now that this is one of Obama’s greatest gifts.

Then this morning I read my brother’s reaction to some aspects of the speech.  Especailly this part:

When he says “the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness,” this sounds more like Americanism than Christianity

I have to agree with Richard.  We American Christians run the constant risk of confusing our citizenship in the United States with our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. I can’t remember a president who has helped us maintain that distinction.  To be fair,  I don’t think it is the president’s job to help you and I understand the difference between God and Caesar.

With this whirling in my head, I paused to consider how incredibly excited a lot of people are with the election of Obama.  Many Americans, it seems, have a lot of hope resting on the shoulders of this man.

Which leaves me feeling the need to say: the Kingdom of God has not arrived in America with the inauguration of Barack Obama.  Neither does his election and inauguration mean that this nation is on a fast track to doomsday.

It has been nearly 2,000 years since Jesus said

‘The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; 21nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There it is!” For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among* you.’ (Luke 17:20-21)

Let us hope (and pray and work) that the Kingdom of God may become more evident in the U.S., and around the world.

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6 thoughts on “The Kindgom Did NOT Arrive Yesterday

  1. In many conversations leading up to the election, I kept trying to maintain the point that as Christians (which I think should be a follower of Christ’s teachings), we are called to have an effect on the rest of the world. One of those effects is our choice of candidates.

    I don’t want someone who promises to make us a Christian nation. I want someone who will make choices and create policies that fall toward the teachings of Christ.
    As a republic, our government is a collective expression of us as a people.

    If we, individually and as a group, take our beliefs off the shelf and out of the playground of our minds and actually make decisions and take actions that express those beliefs that we purport to have in real ways, steps toward the Kingdom will happen.

  2. good points, and glad someone said it. i am not anti-obama by any stretch, and i truly hope he is the breath of fresh air that our govt may truly need, whether i voted for him or not. but my concern is this pseudo-idolatry i see from many, including proffessed “christians”. i’m almost like, “oh, if these folks were so excited about their savior as they are about this guy…” and i know many are…but i also know so many more whom are so afraid to speak the name of christ, but are just going bonkers over a man…in my eyes, there is an allegiance problem there…

  3. Steve, thank you for your articulate thoughts. I did not watch yesterday because I know far too many who are so overly enamored with Obama. He is a politician, nothing more nothing less. I agree with my brother in law who said essentially how glad he was to be the citizen of a monarchy and not of a democracy. Good words to remember.
    I will pray for Obama and I truly hope for him to be the best president we have ever had. I do have grave policy differences with him though, and evidently upset many friends yesterday by voicing those. I just can’t believe that we have a president who has voted against stopping infanticide. There is a dark side to Obama that the media seems unwilling to even talk about, and sadly, so many of my left leaning friends have called me racist, rude, and nasty, for not being totally elated yesterday. Due to his policies, I found yesterday to be a tragic day for our country.

  4. Yes, ryan, it’s amazing Mahlia and Sasha have survived to be as old as they are with such a pro-infant-human-being-murder father. (Sarcasm alert.)

    As factcheck.org says:

    “The main bills under discussion … are both definition bills. They are not about what can and should be done to babies; they are about how one defines ‘baby’ in the first place. Those who believe that human life begins at conception or soon after can argue that even a fetus with no chance of surviving outside the womb is an ‘infant.’ We won’t try to settle that one.

    “What we can say is that many other people – perhaps most – think of ‘infanticide’ as the killing of an infant that would otherwise live. And there are already laws in Illinois, which Obama has said he supports, that protect these children even when they are born as the result of an abortion. Illinois compiled statute 720 ILCS 510/6 states that physicians performing abortions when the fetus is viable must use the procedure most likely to preserve the fetus’ life; must be attended by another physician who can care for a born-alive infant; and must ‘exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as would be required of a physician providing immediate medical care to a child born alive in the course of a pregnancy termination which was not an abortion.’ Failure to do any of the above is considered a felony.”

    In other words, you can disagree with Obama’s stance on abortion, which he has never hidden, but to cower so disingenuously and say that he has a secret “dark side” that favors the killing of infant humans (meaning human beings born with a chance of survival given every possible advantage) — even if their birth was a result of an abortion — is the kind of tactic that resulted in the McCain/Palin ticket’s — and many conservative Congressional candidacies — sound defeat this past November.

    Those opposed to Obama and other Democrats should come up with a better strategy if they plan to have their turn in the driver’s seat again any time soon.

  5. Audie,
    I was more talking about the issues that the media seems unwilling to talk about. The main stream media never mentioned the over vast amount of monies the Obama campaign recieved from overseas, never covered Obama’s association with Ayers. Never covered the way Obama gained a seat in Springfield. Never explored Obama’s ties to the Chicago political machine. A great number of nevers there.
    If you have ever, or had ever lived in Chicago, you would be much more wary of any politician, of either party to come out of that machine.
    Perhaps you will note that the 2 most recent governors of IL have either to resign (see Gov. Ryan) or is impeached (see Blago). Both of these men come out of the Chicago political culture.

  6. ***”The main stream media … never covered Obama’s association with Ayers.”***

    LOL. Where were you all of last year? TV on the blink?

    ***”A great number of nevers there.”***

    Actually, a great number of “Nothing’s there.”

    Fortunately, in today’s Google and YouTube society, people can hold accusations up to greater scrutiny than ever before. Most people heard those accusations and saw them for what they were/are — desperate attempts to paint as a “terrorist” someone who decided to “cash in” his Harvard Law degree by working for non-profit organizations devoted to the eradication of poverty and the reform of underperforming schools (which is how he met Bill Ayers, now a professor of education, highly respected in his field; Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was destroying government property as part of a Vietnam-War protest group). It’s amazing people are still trotting this crap out. Good luck with that.

    And BTW, Nixon was from California, so I never vote for anyone from California. Gotta be very wary of that California political machine. You can see what effect it’s had on Schwarzenegger, for example. And, of course, one of my favorite quotes from the Bible is where Jesus says: “Remember, birds of a feather flock together.”

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