Which Kingdom?

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Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too.
Matthew 6:33

Another election cycle has come and gone.
The strategizing by both sides to keep and/or aquire power began almost immediately after Donald Trump was elected president.
To some his election to the presidency was viewed as the resurrection of Hitler, to some the coming of the Messiah.
I don’t believe Mr. Trump fits the job description for either of those.
Investigations and accusations began almost immediately. Almost everyday brought a new accusation most not favorable to the president.
Mr. Trumps inability to resist expressing his thoughts on social media has done little to discourage the frenzy surrounding him.
The centerpiece of the resistance the ongoing Mueller investigation has uncovered little other than what most of us already know.
Corruption in politics is what ice cream is to apple pie.
The outrage and emotion reached a crescendo during the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh.
Some were more than willing to put aside one of the key foundations to law and order ” innocent until proven guilty”. The division in our country was never more evident than during these confirmation hearings.
The results of yesterday’s elections did little to remedy or heal this deep divisions in our country. My opinion is there is little that will change until we realize that the main problem is not a matter of politics.

If you are a follower of Christ then you already understand that there are two kingdoms in this world, involved in a deadly struggle, each with a completely different agenda. On one side you have the Victor, on the other the rebel.
What takes place in our nation and the world is a visible representation of that struggle.
The participants have changed and will change until He returns for the final time.
But the most important question is which Kingdom are you a part of?
Which kingdom do you serve? It is easy to place our focus on the wrong things of importance.
Several things became clear to me the morning after the elections on my drive to work.
One- I’ve spent far more time reading Fox News then I have my Bible.
Two- I’ve been much more concerned with what’s going on in Washington DC than I have my own neighborhood.
Three- My concerns have led to considerably more anxiousness and worry than they have prayer.
So this morning regardless of how things turned out yesterday, take some time to refresh and reset. Hopefully these simple truths will help you to do so.
1. Good News. What we give our thoughts to determines how we view things. Reading the Bible provides good news. In the end God wins. Until that time He is with us. Matthew 6:33 provides a condition and a promise. Seek first-all things. If you have not read this chapter recently I would suggest you do.
2. Two Commandments. Jesus himself said the two greatest Commandments is to love God with everything in you and to love your neighbor as yourself. What we have seen surrounding our political process is everything but that. Think about it for a minute if both sides of the aisle had the best interest of all people in mind what would that look like? We can’t go to Washington DC and persuade those in power to do so,  but we can be that influence for good where we live.
3. Don’t Worry. In Philippians 4 the command is clear. It is not a suggestion nor is it debatable. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I would also suggest reading on to Philippians 4:8 as a guide to direct your thoughts.
Seek Him first, seek right standing and everything else will be added to you.
Amen

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