God’s Kingdom First

Franky Schaeffer  ‘prayed’,  “G-d damn you, Donald Trump. May you live to see your family torn apart and come down in sorrow and tears as an old testament prophet would say. I curse you. And I curse you in the very name of the humanity that you are denying by doing this. …Well, I call for another day of prayer. A day of prayer to curse you and your nepotistic horrible grifter family, your unloving hard-hearted callous family.  May you come down in sorrow. “

Frank Schaeffer’s curse reminds me of Sally Quinn’s memoir,  Finding Magic. When something bad happened, she cursed the guilty person and he or she died. The book is full of examples including where after an editor wrote a negative review, she placed a hex on him and died of cancer.  Crazy right?  But I know a lot of Christians who, in the rich tradition of James and John, ask God to call fire down from heaven (Luke 9:54) upon those who they can’t stand.

When you think of the havoc Caesar’s family caused Jesus during His short early life, as He said in Gethsemane, “I could call scores of angels but I won’t.”  Instead, Jesus taught us “to bless those who curse us.”

God moves the hand and heart of King Cyrus, Donald Trump, and every world leader.  Our objective, Jesus says, is to remember who’s image you are in and what kingdom we serve.

Charles Caput, in “Rendering unto Caesar” writes:

imagesCaesar is a creature of this world, and Christ’s message is uncompromising: We should give Caesar nothing of ourselves. Obviously, we’re in the world. That means we have obligations of charity and justice to the people with whom we share it. Patriotism is a virtue. Love of country is an honorable thing. As Chesterton once said, if we build a wall between ourselves and the world, it makes little difference whether we describe ourselves as locked in or locked out. But God made us for more than the world. Our real home isn’t here.”

Isaiah 45:1 reminds us “God anointed Cyrus.”  Even though King Cyrus’ motto might have been, “I alone can fix the kingdom’s problems,” he was unaware of God moving his hands, opening doors, winning victories not for the sake of the great king Cyrus, but for the sake of His people.

Building a great America is not our top priority as Christians.  We are called to build the kingdom of God.  We are not made in the image of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln but in God’s.

The Psalmist reminds us of God’s giving program:

  1. Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
  2. Give to the LORD glory and praise;
  3. Give to the LORD the glory due his name!
  4. Bring gifts, and enter his courts.

Jesus’ calls each of us to take up our cross and follow Him.   Even though I find it difficult to chew gum and walk in a straight line,  it’s  impossible to take up your cross and curse at the same time.

 

 

 

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