Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” (Joshua 5:13-14, NASB)
Moses had died, and Joshua was about to lead the Israelites against the city of Jericho. Before the battle, Joshua encountered a soldier outside the city and asked an important question, “Whose side are you on?”
The soldier’s response is telling. He basically said, “I represent the army of the Lord and I’m not here to take sides; I’m here to take over!” Joshua did the only thing he could – bowed down and listened for the Lord’s instructions.
In his study “Oneness Embrace”, Tony Evans applies this encounter to the deep political divides within the church today. Evans states, “God is the ultimate independent. He’s not committed to Democrats or Republicans; He’s committed to Himself, because He has His own Kingdom.”
“…When you walk into that voting booth, and walk out, you’re actually to be voting for the Kingdom of God…because you belong to a greater order. And you’re not going to let the politics of men interfere with the program of God.”
“The question is what does God say? – Not what does my party say. God doesn’t ride the backs of donkeys or elephants, He has His own Kingdom – and you’re part of it! When you go into the voting booth, you’re not to go in racially first, you’re to go in Christian first. God wants you to define you, not ultimately by your complexion, or party affiliation; He wants you to define you by His Kingdom and by His Word.”
As an election looms near, who are you listening to? Your candidate, or your King? –Dave
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