In John 19, we have the story of Jesus being brought before Pilate, and Pilate saying that he can find no fault in Jesus. In verse 15 we have this passage “Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”
Here we have Pilate bringing the faultless God of the universe before the religious leaders of the day, and they proclaim that God is not their king, that they only serve an earthly king. What a powerful and sad statement. Times haven’t really changed since. We have so many religious leaders today spending most of their time discussing nothing but politics, and defending their favorite politician, more often than they spend spreading the gospel message.
Using your right to vote is a good thing, but to let politics consume your life to the point that you are sacrificing or ignoring scripture to prop up your favorite political “king” should not be what Christians are about. When we gloss over terrible sinful acts because our “king” has committed them, we are proclaiming the same thing that these religious leaders did then, “We have no king but Caesar”.
Discussing politics is ok, but don’t let it consume more of your life than you allow God to have. There was a time in my life that I did the same, and looking back on it, I’m ashamed of it. We should always fight for Godly things in the public square, but we must always remember that all people are sinful and flawed. When we conveniently forget God’s commandments, when one of our “kings” has blatantly violated them, we are crucifying Jesus all over again and saying, “We have no king but Caesar”.
The worship of politics drives us to hate people that we should be trying to win to Christ. We are guaranteed to receive hate from this world if we take a Christian stand, but we should not retaliate with hate of our own. We have to spread the truth of God’s Word, but we must do it out of love, and not out of hate, or we aren’t really spreading God’s truth, we are spreading our own version of truth.
As the old preacher S.M. Lockridge said,
“My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supplies. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.”
“He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful.”
“Well, He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He’s strong and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharges debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek. Do you know Him?”
“Well, my King is a King of knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory. He’s the Master of the mighty. He’s the Captain of the conquerors. He’s the Head of the heroes. He’s the Leader of the legislators. He’s the Overseer of the overcomers. He’s the Governor of governors. He’s the Prince of princes. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords.”
“His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Well. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable. He’s indescribable. Yeah!”
“He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. I’m trying to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explain Him. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hand. You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.”
“Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.”
“That’s my King!”
The question is, Is that your king?