10/30/2016 – The Radical Middle – Pastor Steve Blayer

The radical middle

Factions are not a part of a Christian’s life. We don’t choose “sides” – we show the more excellent way.

We are not “more divided than we have ever been” – but we are more ignorant and intolerant to the gospel

Mark 8:15      Beware the leaven of Herodthe political spirit, divides into factions –blinders to truth.

Joshua 5          Are you for them or for us? … “No”

  • Even in establishing a promised land of His chosen people, God was not on a side – we must be on HIS!
  • “I will show you a way of life where you can live free – but you will need God as your sovereign”
  • In the Promised land – the land of liberty – where you sow and reap and have no taskmasters
  • That is why they were first consecrated – to live in covenant with their God
  • This is the genius and delicacy of the American experiment: Can people be self-governed?!?

John Adams Quote

The divine purpose of government:

Romans 13:1-7

  • Government’s job is to protect the God-given rights, destinies, dreams of its citizenry
  • They do not grant those rights – God does. We hold these truths to be self-evident…
  • Government protects our ability to glorify God through our livelihood

2 Spirits we should never vote for:

Spirit of Lawlessness    2 Thessalonians 2:3-7

Anarchy (rebellion against all authority) OR Corrupt Leadership which believes it is “above the Law.”

No one is above the law – not even the King of Israel!

Deuteronomy 17:14-20

  • In our nation, as in Israel, we must have leaders who abide by the Law of our land:

James Garfield quote

  • Some rulers resist the Lord and His Kingdom: That’s why we pray for those in authority!

1 Tim 2:1-3 – pray for leaders who will make it easy to preach the gospel!

Spirit of Antechrist                    1 John 2:18

 A replacement for the Christ – when we look to government to provide for all our needs

Like Israel – Give us a king like all the other nations… GOD: They have rejected ME as their King.

Psalm 2

Chains broken off – will not be ruled by God – only by OUR laws, OUR way.

Nations rise and fall based on their willingness to allow Jesus to carry their governments on His shoulders