A friend of mine asked me what I thought about the riot and the storming of the Capital Building in Washington, D.C.. I told him that if the Christians who supported President Trump were as zealous for Jesus, we might have more souls in the kingdom of God and less apostasy in the church.
The first century Christians were not preoccupied with changing their government. They were focused on the “Great Commission.” A survey of Christians that was conducted by Barna discovered that 51% of the Christians they surveyed did not know what the term “Great Commission” was. It’s found in Matthew 28:1-20.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach (disciple) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
In order to make a disciple, the gospel must be shared first. For those of you who might be surveyed by Barna at some point, this is how you should answer the question, “What is the Gospel?” -
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life - John 3:16.
Jesus died to remove our sins, and rose form the dead so that all who believe in Him can have eternal life. When the church loses her focus and becomes distracted with the affairs of this life, she is leaving her “first love” which was the error of the Ephesians (Rev. 2:4). The first love of the church, was doing the "first works” (Rev. 2:5). The first works of the church were obeying the Great Commission; sharing the gospel and making disciples. When the church fails to make the first works her priority she will begin the slide into apostasy as we are shown in Jesus’ admonishments to the churches in Revelation’s chapters two and three.
It is vitally important for the church to regain her focus in this hour. She must realize that in order to avoid apostasy, her future must be secured by returning to the past, by making the first century model her model. She must not allow herself to be moved away from the priorities that fueled her predecessors.
I cringe at the thought that there may have been some professed Christians among the lawless thugs that stormed the capitol Building. I hope by now they have come to realize that there is no profit in following a man, or giving oneself to any political ideology, unless that Man is Jesus and the ideology is the gospel.