The Earth is the Lords

 

“May thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt; 6:10)

 

 Abraham was looking for a city that had foundations (principles) whose builder and maker was God. (Heb. 11:10) It was also said of the patriarchs that they were seeking a country (homeland).  (Heb. 11:14) They all were looking for a heavenly ordered city in the physical realm.

 

There is no question that the Church was and is the catalyst for the greatness of America.  At the conception of this great nation was the underlying purpose of expanding the kingdom of God. This is evident in the journals of the Mayflower compact, the Constitutions of the first thirteen states, the Constitution of the United States and the many writings and actions of the founders.

 

Bishop Charles B. Galloway wrote in, Christianity and the American Commonwealth, “Christian teachings were the seed-thoughts of our political constitutions, and Christian evangelism was the inspiration of American colonization.  If we eliminate from our national history the direct and all-powerful influence of the Christian religion, we have nothing left but a set of disjointed facts without significance, dry and dreary annals without parentage or posterity.  But, on the other hand, a right apprehension of all the formative forces in our national life will vindicate the matured judgment of Emerson, ‘that our whole history appears like a last effort of Divine Providence in behalf of the human race”.

 

Brothers and sisters we are not to build in heaven, that’s already taken care of, our commission is here on earth and it’s not taken care of.  There are no spheres or jurisdictions excluded in this assertion.  We are to spread the salt and light of the kingdom of God to the individual, family, ecclesiastical realm, educational system, commercial realm, and local government, state government, and federal government.  Colossians 1:16 declares that; “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him.”

 

God happens to believe that all government, even the visible ones are His, and for His purposes.  All He needs is representatives to occupy those positions. When the righteous are in power the people rejoice, when the wicked are in power the people mourn.  Pr. 29:2

 

The question for fathers and pastors and educators is, what is my responsibility to recover this truth in my sphere of influence?

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