Faith

Who’s In Charge?

It’s everywhere. Regardless of where you turn, what you listen to, the underlying question that permeates EVERYTHING, is “Who’s in charge?”  Culturally, society is shifting increasingly away from a God-centric worldview to a man-centric one. Now, before you check out and ignore the rest of this post, hear me out. This underlying issue has a tremendous impact on your daily life. Every aspect of your lifestyle is greatly affected by this battle between opposing worldviews. In fact, your choices reveal much about which worldview you live by.

“But I Choose Jesus!”

“Isn’t that enough? After all, I attend church, when I can. I’m in a small group. I read my Bible. I even listen to some Christian music. I think of my mom on her birthday and I text encouraging words to my kid-brother. Why are you saying my worldview is all messed up?”

All Authority

In Matthew 28:18, Jesus says of himself.  “All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me.”  The next verses speak of what has become known as the Great Commission. This is where Jesus sends out his disciples to spread the Gospel and make disciples. Focusing on verse 18, we see that there is no authority in the entire universe that is higher, more supreme than Jesus. Put in context, every single molecule is held together by the word of Jesus. No human, individual or institution, is higher than Jesus Christ. No government of any country, including the United States, has jurisdiction or rule and authority over Jesus Christ. For a government to make rules and regulations that suppress or oppress religious freedom is to usurp God’s authority.

Given the virus that spread the globe in 2020, many governments looked to experts on how to manage health risks. Some of the guidelines were reasonable, especially when the virus was new on the world scene.  In some countries, however, the rules became mandates that penalized those who were otherwise originally granted freedoms under their government’s bill of rights.  For example, in Canada, about 25% of the prisoners were released from jail, to ease the risk of the virus spread in the prisons, while at the same time fining and jailing pastors for holding church services. A pedophile is released into society, but a pastor who preaches the Gospel is detained.

It’s A Matter of Your Worldview

The last paragraph either irritates you or you don’t see the issue of governments imposing on society.  Yes, God instituted governments to serve the general welfare of the public. Romans 13 is an excellent explanation of how God intended government to function. God wants governments to have a jurisdictional influence on society; which is a limited circle of influence. The family, the church, both instituted by God, are to answer to God first, not governments. When governments expand their influence, they can easily shift their position from being a nation under God to a nation that doesn’t need God. When that happens, governments see themselves as the supreme authority over all of life.

Loving Jesus and Obeying the Government

According to Scripture (Romans 13), the best citizens on the planet should be God-fearing Christians. We should be model citizens, supporting and upholding governments, when the government is serving within their realm of God-given authority. If you are pulled over for speeding, respect the officer, admit your guilt, pay the fine and learn to drive within the speed limit.  If a person is running for political office and his/her platform is compatible with the principles God lays out in Scripture, support them. Help their campaign. Vote. When a politician steps outside their boundaries, when there is a push to restrict religious freedom, respectfully address the issue.

In the End…

There are times my head feels like it’s spinning. All this talk about worldviews; what God lays out for us in Scripture compared to what I see cultures and institutions doing to control more than what they are supposed to. I’m just one tiny cog in the wheel, what can I do to change anything? It’s so much easier to let Jesus be Lord of my personal life. You know, attend church, live in a Christian sub-culture, and let the world do its thing.  But, the words of Jesus keep coming back to me.  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go…”  Making disciples, living out the Gospel is not optional. It’s a 24/7/365 life to be filled by the Holy Spirit. Christ living His life through me. Galatians 2:20. In the end, I need to either be all in with Jesus or jump ship and join the current cultural push to live as if God doesn’t exist.

It’s the latter position that happens when you have those in government who say they have a religious affiliation/faith, but their every action, decision, is contrary to the ways of God.  It’s an oxymoron. I have little aspiration for holding public office. However, if I did, I would never want it to be known of me that my leadership contributed to our culture’s downfall.  I couldn’t stand before Jesus knowing I would have done that.

You Have To Choose

Living for Jesus is a daily, moment-by-moment choice. Life in Him is a journey. You and I cannot be fence-riders. Either your worldview is increasingly aligning with God’s or it’s working against His.

What’s it going to be? Who has the right to be in charge? Jesus or Man?

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of www.Mentoring-Warriors.com. Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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