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WANTED: Christian Statesmen in a Pluralistic world

From Adam, through Noah, then the ancient world power Empires, the Bible expressly teaches that God operates covenantally with all persons and all institutions and all nations.

The Scripture reveals a covenantal model by which humans, institutions and nations should be historically and judicially responsible despite religious and ethnic plurality. Until the Church awakens from her slumber to this and in turn awakens the world to the same, so long shall the nations be troubled to wobble and the people stumble.

It is because of this that we need to seek to call our nations in all their plurality to turn from the wickedness of sin (iniquity and inequity) and come to tolerance of neightbour and obedience to God’s sovereignty and rule – in this way, our nations and communities may enjoy the fruits of living according to God’s perfect law of liberty.

In the New Testament the secular statesman ministry, for public services of justice and the sword, peace and development (Rom 13:1-7; 1Tim 2:1-3), is left outside the Church to be pluralistically shared in righteousness and equity with non-Christians in the State.

Statesman Leadership is attainable by men of influence and valour, men of negotiation and toleration, men of strategy and prodigy, men of integrity and authority. Women were statesman leaders too (Deborah Judg 4:4-6; Judg 5:6-9; Queen of Sheba 2Kin 10; 2Chr 9; Matt 12:42; Athaliah 2Kin 11; 2Chr 22-23; Queen Esther of Persia Esth 5:1-8; 8:1-8; and Ethiopian Queen Candache Act 8:27).

Participation of Christian men and women in secular Statesman Leadership to the highest level is therefore not forbidden but is godly (Rom 13:8-14; Luk 1:1-4; Act 1:1-3; and 10:1-8; Php 1:13 and 4:22).

Examples of successful godly statesmanship within a pluralistic non-Christian government include first-class scholars like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Babylon (Dan 2:47-49); pageant celebrities and lobbyist-strategists like Esther in Persia (Esth 4:15-17; Esth 7:1-10); business and agro-engineering geniuses like Joseph in Egypt (Gen 41:37-49); strategists, crime-busters and activists like Mordecai in Persia (Esth 2:19-23; 4:1-2; 8:1-17); Roman aristocrats like Theophilus (Luk 1:3); and Roman military commanders like Cornelius & the like (Luk 7:1-10; Act 10:1-8ff). More recent examples of Christian statesmanship abound on every continent of the world.

The mission of God toward all humanity is to establish His Kingdom WITHIN human souls (Luk 17:21) and AMONGST human societies (Luk 10:8-11; 11:20) by
• REDEEMING SOULS to reign within/with them and
• REFORMING SOCIETIES to reign amongst/over them,
till all the nations of the earth are blessed in Christ (Act 3:25) and all God’s enemies become footstool to Christ (Act 2:35). For God has given His Christ the highest Name that at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Php 2:6-11).

Christians and the Church are to represent God as His agents and witnesses in word and deed both for His redemption (deliverance) and for His reign (dominion). Christian witness, Christian leadership and Gospel preaching, whether in Church or in Society are all divinely ordained agencies concerned with the spiritually redemptive and ethically reformative Mission of God’s Kingdom for all peoples and all places.

1. KINGDOM OF GOD INWARDLY is GOD’S SPIRITUAL REIGN of justification and redemption within Souls of persons through Deliverance and Regeneration for a life of devotion in piety, purity and moral uprightness. For this Kingdom mission to be demonstrably done in an orderly manner, God has ordained the leadership ministry of local Ecclesiastical congregations and their Ministerial Priests and Bishops (Act 14:21-23; Tit 1:5-16; Heb 13:7, 17). This shows the place of proclamation (preaching God’s Word) in the form of PRIESTLY ministry through pedagogy and discipleship.

2. KINGDOM OF GOD OUTWARDLY is GOD’S ETHICAL REIGN of justice and reformation among Societies of peoples through Dialogue and Reconstitution for a community under the dominion of equity, peace and civil righteousness. For this Kingdom mission to be demonstrably done in an orderly manner, God has ordained the leadership ministry of local Territorial communities and their Moral Prophets as well as Magisterial Princes and Kings (Rom 13:1-7; 2Tim 2:1-6; 1Pet 2:11-21). This shows the place of participation (doing good works) in the form of PROPHETIC witness through apology and dialogue as well as PRINCELY sceptre through authority and policies.

The Dominion Mission of God’s Kingdom or God’s Reign for the comprehensive reformation of societies, territories or communities through His elect Priests, Prophets and Princes involves preservation of territorial integrity and promulgation of policy for the State, protection of rights for the Citizens, equity and social order for common good in the Community, the responsible stewardship of the Economy and Environment, and godly care and conformity in the Family.

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