CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY
Christians have DUAL CITIZENSHIP rights and responsibilities: one *spiritual* and eternal in the CHURCH as PRIESTS of Christ’s Ecclesia and the other *societal* and temporal in the STATE as KINGS of Christ’s Basileia (Mat 22:21; 1Pet 2:9; Rev 5:10).
Christians are called for PATRIOTISM in the State and socially as well as for PIETISM in the Church and spirituallly, but when patriotism conflicts with pietism, pietism prevails (Act 4:19; 5:29). Even as individuals, Christians are PHYSICAL as well as SPIRITUAL (Mar 14:38) but when the physical is at variance with the spiritual, the spiritual supersedes (Gal 5:16-26).
Separation of Church and State.
This concept is meant to clarify roles in a way that reduces conflict to enhance cooperation and orderliness.
It is just like we clarify separation of male and female, left and right, front and back, right and wrong. good and evil.
Separation is not ANTAGONISM or CONTRADICTION but .
Separation is DISTINCTION, DEMARCATION or CLARIFICATION.
That is why the Church needs to understand the nature of the State, and find out God’s purpose of the State in order to get to work and bring that purpose to bear as responsible citizens of the State and God’s agents in the State.
Focusing on individualism and ecclesiastical matters only as is done in ministerial training colleges falls far too short of what mission Christ has called us into.
If we are truly in the Faith of Christ, we must be fully committed to bringing God’s Love, Will and Kingdom (Mat 6:10) both
– WITHIN human SOULS by conversion (Luke 17:21) and
– NEAR humanity by ordering the SOCIETY (Luke 10:8-11).
To fulfil this divine kingdom agenda and mission, all aspects of human life and livelihood (individual, interactive and institutional as the case may be) both in the Church and the Society. The Church should therefore ensure her liberty for her missionary responsibility be secured, so that the Society could be fully
– persuasively SALTED for tolerance and compassion (Matt 5:13; Tit 3:1-2),
– vigorously LIGHTENED for righteousness and orderliness (Matt 5:7-9, 14-16; Rom 13:1-7), and
– surreptitiously LEAVENED for fairness and peace (Matt 13:33; Luke 4:18; Rom 12:18; Heb 12:14).
In this way, souls will be converted toward godliness and the society will be influenced toward godly orderliness through our mature and humain Christian Leadership mission and witness.
Christ’s Gospel of the Kingdom does not only call every believer
• to INDIVIDUAL REPENTANCE but also calls
• to INTERACTIONAL RELATIONSHIP and
• to INSTITUTIONAL RULERSHIP.
TO FAIL GOD IN ANY OF THESE ASPECTS FOR OUR GENERATION IS INEXCUSABLE AND DISASTROUS.