The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23 (King James Version)
Perspectives change us. Continually we are called to be renewed, transformed even changed, hallelujah we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed. By One thing, One Person, One God; the Church is living when she continually beholds Him that is the life-giving Spirit. Indeed she is charged with all authority in heaven and on earth by the Lord of all. No other way can we imagine change to enter the body, until the light of the world, the light of life is dispelling all darkness. God needs a nation of Kingly Priests; where the priests are a go-between, mediators and intercessors with God on behalf of men. Too often the lines have become blurred the perspective of the Kingdom and on kingdoms has diminished the light us and how others might come to the True Light. As the Lutherans found to screen the wonderful cross the issuing of indulgences and abuses of the holy faith handed down to the Apostles. As the Anabaptists saw being polluted by covert ritualism as opposed to living faith in putting off the man. As the Catholics attempted in bringing a universality to the gospel. As the Puritans who saw a higher life as possible when the whole person is given to the light. Many saw the darkness grip even cloak and distort the power of God in the Gospel of Jesus. Do we ourselves see the church given to two masters, so absorbed with the kingdoms of this world to be mindful of that to come; does she seek Him and His Righteousness who is the Sun of Righteousness?
For everything under heaven there is a time and season. Today we will look into the living words to see if there is a time for peace and a time for war. There is a regal repose among all those who eyes are exposed to the symphony of heaven. They have seen the armies of those with us, they are allowed the blessed assurance of victory no matter the opposition. The church militant is essentially non-political but deeply committed to the policies of the Kingdom of Heaven being realized in the earth. Saints if His kingdom were of this world then would they fight; how so? Up until now, the Kingdom suffers violence, the violent take it by force. What force? Sadly nearly all these splinter groups in search of the truth and in defense of it took arms in support of their cause and scarcely that of the Lord. Whose side are you on!?
Remember your weapons of warfare, are they mighty in God or the displays of legs, chariots, and firepower. Child of God, remain non-partisan, non-aligned but committed to the cause of the True King of Kings. You must give to Caesar what is caesar’s, but of all that is what is not God’s? Further when they all crumble as the Rock covers the earth, what will remain except it (Dan 2:43-44)? Who is it that appoints kings and deposes others? Stand in his council, love His Law, obey His commands. Your citizenry is superior but must live subject to all earthly descent. A conduct above the law yet never contrary to what is divine Law, its import, and letter. Until the kingdom of this world become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.
You have lost your voice, you are unstable in all your ways, an identity conformed to worldly culture has you blended in too well. The salt has lost its taste; your savor is the Words and life of the Savior. The scent of life and aroma of heaven must so permeate our life and thought; satiate our being and import to become lights. Will you show forth your good works? As free of strife and jealousies, hatred and malice that is mongered every election season. Will you know the seamless integrity of Daniel in successive heathen monarchies? Will you as the Lamb be silent before accusers, aware of the Lion who will come to conquer saying vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord (Rom 12:19). Else will mortal pagan mindsets perpetually pervade our consciousness with an insatiable lust for establishing our kingdoms in the here and now. We have lost vision of the true king and touch with his Kingdom; life consists not in the abundance of things.
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Deuteronomy 4:6 (King James Version)
What nation is this? Do not forget the enemy neither be ignorant of his wiles. Sin is the first casualty, the kingdom of darkness and their overlord are the threat. God is a man of war without a terror equal to His Sovereignty; His children are peacemakers, pursuing peace with all men as far as is humanly possible.
Your Excellency, we need only liberty to minister the Words of Life from you, should you fail to provide it we will only obey Him whose mandate it is. After which your subjection to the only Honourable whose Name is Most Reverend, is Excellent. Nothing else is needed from the state. The Church owes you prayer, counsel, and rebuke.