The Church: Living in the Present World Under the Cross of Christ -- By: Thomas W. Frazier, Jr.

Journal: Reformation and Revival
Volume: RAR 05:1 (Winter 1996)
Article: The Church: Living in the Present World Under the Cross of Christ
Author: Thomas W. Frazier, Jr.

The Church: Living in the Present World Under the Cross of Christ

Thomas W. Frazier, Jr.

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm” (John 18:36).

The Kingdom Question

Do you long for a stronger economy? For safer cities and neighborhoods? For better education? More integrity in the realm of politics? More respect for traditional values in our society? Greater respect for Christians? More godly laws based on biblical texts? Cleaner television and movies? An end to abortion on demand, pornography, homosexual practice and the promotion of this lifestyle in public? Less violence? In short, a better world in which to live and to rear your children and grandchildren?

Do these somewhat represent your hopes for the future? If so, why? Do you believe we Christians have a right to expect these things from society? That the Lord even expects His people to demand them? And if they are not given, to fight for them?

The Lord promises new heavens and a new earth. To long for them is normal and even right. But what exactly do we have a right to expect while we remain in this world in its present fallen condition—besides animosity, hostility, and tribulation? Any of the things mentioned above? If so, on what basis (John 15:19)?

The Early Church

How do our national problems hinder any one from faith, love, repentance, and from pursuing a relationship with the living God? The early church had all of our national woes times ten, and was only stronger for it. Not only that, but they exerted no energy other than fervent prayer and

sincere love to effect a change.

Did they place their hope in a righteous Rome, a more godly Galatia, or a Christian Corinth? Or was their hope solely “reserved in heaven ... (and) ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4–5)? And regardless of how perfectly they practiced this, it is still the calling to which we are called. The world and its need for reformation is not our calling, no more than reforming Egypt was Israel’s calling in the days of Moses.

Battle Lines

Even as I write, the “Christian Right” is drawing battle lines in the sand, setting themselves against the President, the “media elite,” liberals in Congress, and all the special interest groups known to man. They are leading tens of thousands of well-intentio...

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