It is very concerning that the church at large these days is so very impotent as it involves making a moral difference within the milieus of politics and society.
For example, society titters over the legalization of pot, and politics got it for them in two of our American states in the last election cycle. According to certain commentators, the drive for pot legalization in other states will broaden.
The question I have asked openly is, “Where was the church to thwart the majority influence of the pro-pot people who carried the vote?”
But, the more potent question involving the increasing status of immoral evils involves the spiritual shortfall of the church. It is found in the fact that the Lordship of Jesus Christ is missing in the church. If the Lordship of Jesus Christ loomed as large in the church as it should, the church would do better at holding the line against those self-aggrandizements contrary to the will of God for the lives of men.
There is absolutely nothing wrong — and everything right — that people live according to the principles and expectations of God, and it is the church that has the responsibility of stating what His principle and expectations are. After all, the church is not responsible to prove that God’s principles and expectations are true, but to declare openly, unitedly and powerfully that we of the church believe them true.
To what does the Lordship of Jesus Christ refer? A great preacher of the past — A. W. Tozer — said that the Lordship of Jesus Christ is marked by three distinctive points for the individual Christian and the church. First, the Christian/the church are “headed in only one direction.” These are disciples/followers/believers that adhere to the teachings and leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are heading in the spiritual direction He has set as it is revealed in the Word of God.
Second, “they are determined not to fail.” This involves determination to personally live out and exemplify that the principles of God are best for man and glorifying to God. This involves determination in having the mind made up to advocate and aver that expectations of God are right and true.
Paul’s comparable terminology was “crucified with Christ.” Determination not to fail is measured by willingness to be crucified with Christ. Christ was determined to not to let His Father down. That is why He walked every inch of the road to Calvary, why He endured every moment of Calvary pain, and why He bled every drop of Calvary blood.
Paul was agreed in his own life about that quality of determination, and exhorted us to be like-minded when he wrote, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives within me. And, the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave His life for me.” To quote a famous tooner, “Now that’s what I am talking about!”
Third, they “have no other plans than those which involve the Lord’s will.” Here is the deal: the prevailing expectation of the Lord’s will is to bring Him honor and glory. How do we do that? It comes full circle to what is missing in the life of the Christian and the ministry of the Church — the acceptance and practice of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is indeed Lord of our lives and the ministry of the Church, the Lord’s will should be extremely manifested in us and through us.
According to honest evaluation, do you and I reflect purposely the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives? Do our churches powerfully promote the Lordship of Jesus Christ to society so steeped in sinful practices?
Remember that part lordship is not lordship at all. It is not in our purview to pick and choose what His Lordship expects from us. His complete lordship will make the needful difference for ourselves and for society.