Sleeping with the Enemy
When the men of God got into bed with the women of Ashdod, the children born to that union spoke any other language but that of the men of God (Nehemiah 13:23-24).When Christianity got into bed with Emperor Constantine, the children born to that union spoke any other language but that of Christ.Israel of old was God’s exclusive nation. Intermarriage with the Philistines brought their pagan ways into the family.The Church is Christ’s exclusive Kingdom. Getting into bed with Caesar brought his pagan ways into the family.This must never be. Jesus is King of kings, and Lord of lords!Governments come and governments go; Jesus’ reign is forever!The clearest sign that Christians have too much trust in the powers of this world is the fear that spills forth from their hearts. Fear that if left to their devices, they will destroy the will and ways of God.One should ask: “If the Gates of death cannot prevail against the church, since when can a bunch of career politicians wipe us out?”Our first duty to government is not respect. It is to trust that God allows them to be in power; no matter how good or how bad they seem at the time. The leaders of Israel wanted Jesus dead, but Pilate was reluctant to kill an innocent man. The High Priest and his cronies went to type—Leave a bunch of self-righteous thugs in a room long enough and they start acting like the mafia. Yes, they made Pilate an offer he couldn’t refuse. It came in the form of a ‘Patriotic Cry’ wrapped in a half-cloaked threat: “We have no other king but Caesar.” God’s anointed leaders had climbed into bed with Rome (Jesus was not going to interrupt their power games anymore). But if they had listened, they would have known that which was about to befall them. The ‘stone’ (Jesus, whom they crucified), smashed the feet of iron and clay (Rome), and has filled the whole world (Christ’s church). No kingdom on earth can stand before Jesus—none!If you and I are part of Jesus’ Kingdom, then why are so many Christians so determined to sleep with the enemy?John StaigerIf you have been blessed by this message, please feel free to Like, Comment or Share it with your friends.