The Kingdom of God functions at a higher level of authority
than a lesser authority defined by the political labels of conservative, liberal
or independent. These political
definitions are used to describe a lower, earthly kingdom and its limited system
of power and authority. It requires wisdom to tell the difference. Wisdom will
eventually reveal the left wing and right wing are attached to the same bird.
The Wise Men of the Christmas story were people who came from a
foreign land, a different religion and an unfamiliar social system. They came to worship Jesus, the King of this
higher Kingdom, because their wisdom allowed them to see a King inside a
baby. Because of that revelation they
were willing to make the long journey from their familiar way of life to meet
this new and unfamiliar King.
Our definition of Jesus must be powerful enough to draw the
wise seekers of our day from their current way of life into His presence. As we
become more a fearful and desperate culture we can begin wrapping our
understanding of God and His Kingdom around religious definitions sourced by
political agendas and a powerless representation of the Gospel instead of the
higher rule of Christ and ministry sourced in the power of the Spirit.
God is reforming His Church so He can reform the image of
His Son we offer to the world. When this happens masses of people from cultures
not currently honoring Him will come to us asking, “Where is the newborn King
of the Jews?” When they meet the real Jesus they will bow down and worship Him.