Jesus, politics, and what really matters to his heart.

๐€๐ฌ ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ข๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ, ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐‰๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ฒ. โฃ
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During Jesusโ€™ ministry on earth, the nation of Israel was under the rule and reign of the Roman empire. The Roman empire was incredibly unkind to the Jewish people taxing them heavily and incarcerating anyone who spoke against it. This atmosphere caused the Jewish people to place their hope in the prophetic promise of an anointed one, a messiah, who would come and rescue them from Roman oppression. Their picture of a Messiah was one of a mighty warrior, riding on a chariot, with a mighty army behind him, and who would drive the Roman empire out of their land. Much to their disappointment, Jesus was a far cry from that. He, being God incarnate, chose a rabbinic posse of 12 instead of an army. He taught people to love their neighbors, and enemies, as themselves. He even did the unthinkable, when asked about his opinion on taxes he told the listeners to give to Caesar what belonged to him. โฃ
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Right before his ascension, his disciples asked him one last time if he would restore the Kingdom of Israel to its former glory. โฃ
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This was his response: โฃ
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๐˜š๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ, โ€œ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜๐˜ด๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ?โ€ ๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ, โ€œ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜น๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ. ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‘๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.โ€ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต.โฃ
๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐Ÿท:๐Ÿผ-๐Ÿพ (๐˜Œ๐˜š๐˜)โฃ
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Wow. Did you read that? โฃ
Is it just me, or do we see Jesus deflecting from the political atmosphere of his time? โฃ
Is it just me, or do we see Jesus pointing them back to the work of the Holy Spirit?โฃ
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Instead of rallying up the troops and telling them to rise up against the โ€œwar on Christianityโ€ we see him telling the disciples to ready themselves for the Holy Spiritโ€ฆ. Because when the Holy Spirit comes they will be his witnesses. โฃ
Then basically he said, โ€œBye Felicia,โ€ and ascended into heaven. โฃ
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What I find interesting, is that Jesus tells his followers, that they are to be his witnesses. โฃ
Notice that he doesnโ€™t tell them to stand up and tell others how they ought to live their lives. Notice that he doesnโ€™t tell them to fight for legislation that forces everyone to be partakers of the new kingdom that he taught about. No, he told them that when the Holy Spirit came upon them they would be witnessesโ€ฆ. and all a witness does is share their story about what they have seen, heard, and experienced. โฃ
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Knowing this makes me wonder how our nation (and this world) might be different if we did just thatโ€ฆ. โฃ
What if instead of trying to conform others to our ideology, we chose to share our personal experience of Christ living in us? โฃ
What if instead of trying to legislate morality, we chose to share our experience of how we have benefitted from embracing a Christ-centered morality?โฃ
What if instead of trying to spiritual the platform of our favorite political candidate, we prioritized being a witness of what life is like living on earth as a citizen of heaven?โฃ
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Of course, that would require complete submission to the Holy Spirit…. and thatโ€™s where the challenge begins. โฃ
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Unapologetically yours, โฃ
John Eli

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5 Comments

  1. Hey John,
    Good to see you. I think it is funny that when they tried to crown Jesus and he didn’t want to be an earthly King they shifted so fast that they wanted to throw Him off a cliff. There is so much more to our faith than our politics. Good stuff as always.

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  2. My sentiments exactly. We need different type of demonstration across the country and you said it perfectly: a Holy Ghost filled demonstration!! Enjoyed this bullseye ๐ŸŽฏ message Brother!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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