Today, government, politics, and the kingdom of GOD are topics. Benefits within the kingdom of GOD are distributed on the basis of divine prerogative, freely-given gifts, grace, need, and outcomes of lawful judgment. Government officials and politicians conform to standards that project two very different systems for response to the same people who are in covenant as a “commonwealth”. The conflicts and disagreements between the two systems center on such features as accountability, authority, balance, benignity, compassion, duty, integrity, justice, law, trust, and truth. While politicians often claim to monitor and exercise a healthy oversight of government to ensure the completion of good works, the elimination of waste, or the observance of ethical measures, without careful review and detailed scrutiny, the public instead will see only interference, meddling, and presumption. One of the fighters at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:
What does Jesus think about covfefe?
THE GOLDEN ARROW: All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. (Psalms 145: 10-12, King James Version, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); A Gift of Franchise? (09/06/2016); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Faith not Politics? (12/02/2014); Ye Are Not In The Flesh (12/03/2014); A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014)
“Anonymous”, within the World system, “government” may be understood as a man-made institution or organization to discharge and express “the will of the people” (we say, their commitment, desire, determination) to participate in and maintain a shared covenant (i.e., law) that establishes a permanent association for pursuing common goals that include acquiring and exchanging goods, exercising ownership and property rights as well as achieving personal goals, security, and survival. The kingdom of GOD is the divine government that exists through covenant relationship, eternal purpose, oneness without sameness, and the multiple sacred operations performed by the persons of the GODhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The divine kingdom is made visible among the living upon the earth in accordance with sacred law that embodies the person, presence and sovereign will of divinity. Those who belong to the kingdom all receive rebirth and must mature as the offspring of GOD, who exist having endowments of Spirit from the makeup of Deity such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. As a primary service provided by government, the distribution of resources (e.g., appropriations in budgets, funding, jobs, surpluses) comes into view as the target of politics. Through appeals, competition, private means, and even illegal procedures, politics appear alongside of lawful government as an independent system to alter and modify the covenant, exercise influence, impose control, determine advantage, and manipulate “the will of the people.” Where government must acknowledge duties and obligations expressing law, priorities of need and truth, politics acknowledge otherwise marginal features such as consumerism, envy, popular culture, social media, fake news, and “covfefe”. Consider again the following from the Bible:
(1.) Romans 13: 1-4, King James Version (KJV): 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
(2.) Colossians 1: 12-18, KJV: 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) Romans 8: 3-9, KJV: 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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