It seems clear that Jesus wants to shape culture. To ultimately transform the conscience and morality of a people. His disciples anticipated that Jesus was about to establish a political machine capable of toppling the Roman Empire. But that’s not what Jesus did. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords seems strangely apolitical. He has an agenda quite different from that of the world’s system. He is a perfectly loving and all-powerful, benevolent dictator. Vote for Jesus!

Discussion Questions

We’re on the threshold of a presidential election. How would you describe the current climate among the citizens of our country? What are your hopes for this political season?

Even those closest to Jesus anticipated He was about to establish His kingdom and reign. Read Matthew 20:20-28. What did people picture Jesus’ kingdom to be like? How did Jesus describe it?

If Jesus had political ambitions, He could have overthrown the Roman government at will. Jesus seemed to show little interest in the human government. Read Matthew 22:21 (also compare Romans 13:1-2, 6-7). How do you explain Jesus’ ambivalence and apolitical stance?

Each party wants Jesus to endorse their candidate. Why is Jesus neither a Republican nor a Democrat? Why will politics never Christianize our society?

As a believer and ambassador for Christ’s kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:20), how does God want you to live? What does it mean to be a “light on a hill” (Matthew 5:14-16)? 6. How can you respond to God when the politics of man-made systems never bring real transformation in people’s lives?

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