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September 5, 2020

Healing The Political Divide

by Dennis Rouse
Matthew 24:7a NKJ“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…”Matthew 24:10 NKJ“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and willhate one another.”Matthew 24:11 NKJ“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”Matthew 24:12 NKJ“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will growcold.”Matthew 24:14 NKJ“And this gospel of
Sermon Notes

Matthew 24:7a NKJ
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…”
Matthew 24:10 NKJ
“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will
hate one another.”
Matthew 24:11 NKJ
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
Matthew 24:12 NKJ
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow
Matthew 24:14 NKJ
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a
witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJ
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once
were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not
obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
John 18:36 NKJ
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom
were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be
delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
Two Kingdoms:

  1. The Kingdom of the World
  2. The Kingdom of God
    Political Right: Conservatives represent a view of government that
    governs from a financially conservative view of lower taxation, fiscal
    responsibility, against abortion, gay marriage and illegal immigration.
    A government of law and order.
    Political Left: Liberals represent a view of government that is
    concerned about the plight of the poor, the plight of minorities, the
    state of human rights (women’s rights, LGBT rights, immigrants’
    rights, etc.). They govern from a financially liberal view of higher
    taxation on the wealthier of America in order to help those who are
    struggling in the lower tiers of life. A government of fairness when it
    comes to law and order.
    Psalm 89:14 NKJ
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy
    and truth go before Your face.
    The entire government of God is summed up in two words:
    • Righteousness and Justice
    Psalm 97:2 NKJ
    Clouds and darkness surround Him; RIGHTEOUSNESS AND
    JUSTICE are the foundation of His throne.
    Isaiah 28:16-17a NLT
    Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a
    foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a
    precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need
    never be shaken. I will test you with the measuring line of JUSTICE
    and the plumb line of RIGHTEOUSNESS…”
    Righteousness: living right; conforming to a moral code of conduct
    prescribed by God’s Word
    Justice: doing right; correcting the injustices of society; defending the
    poor and marginalized
    Matthew 12:25 NCV
    …”Every kingdom that is divided against itself will be destroyed. And
    any city or family that is divided against itself will not continue.”
    Psalm 9:8
    He will judge the world in righteousness and govern the peoples with
    John 1:14-17 NCV
    The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory—
    the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and he was full
    of GRACE AND TRUTH. John tells the truth about him and cries out,
    saying, “This is the One I told you about: ‘The One who comes after
    me is greater than I am, because he was living before me.’” Because
    he was full of grace and truth, from him we all received one gift after
    another. The law was given through Moses, but GRACE AND
    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT
    Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom
    of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or
    who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or
    practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or
    drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—NONE OF THESE WILL
    1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT
    Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were
    made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of
    the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to
    breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these,
    the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden
    door!” – Emma Lazarus, Statue of Liberty
    “Americans hailed newcomers to its shores as the bulwark of
    democracy; however, in times of crisis it has also used its foreign
    born as a scapegoat for unsolved social problems.” – Benjamin
    Exodus 22:21 NLT
    “You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember,
    you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”

The Challenge:

  1. Seek to understand rather than be understood.
  2. Let the Word be your standard for living and loving.
  3. Trade your worldly identity for a Christ identity.
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