In this chapter we spent a lot of time talking about the two kingdoms. We make reference to the right hand kingdom that of the government and the left hand kingdom that of the church. Each kingdom is established for different reasons and go about their work in different ways. The kingdom of the government is there to protect and promote external peace. The role of the kingdom of the church is to lead with the Gospel of Jesus and rule be his grace, mercy, forgiveness and love. As each kingdom is controlled by God in a grand way each does not and will not always look the same. I have often thought and credited to Luther a comment once made that the best form of government would be a Christian Monarchy, for his time and place that may have been the truth. (cf. On Temporal Authority by Martin Luther) For us in our time and place what a great opportunity to live in a nation that allows for expressions of belief. We don't have to sit quietly as other make rules for us we have a say in what goes on, but that doesn't mean that we should enforce or even expect that Christian morals will rule the day.
The Christians act of worship is to live their life in Gospel freedom in all aspects of their vocation and calling. Yes, for us as Christians in America it means taking part in the government through voting and voicing our opinion in appropriate ways. If you can be a politician and remain rooted in the Gospel and good with conscience then wonderful. We not mingle the two kingdoms to think that the church will fall because the Government is not Christian. We must also not assume that the government is Christian when it has never been. Listen to the conversation and we hope you will find enjoyment in seeing Christ of the Church and for sinners not a Christ of the government and politics.
The introduction and ending of this cast place the free licence music of Forget the Whale, "Take to the Skies!"
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