David Cameron eh? Hmm, but i suppose it’s also not entirely David Cameron. It’s really the Conservative party isn’t it? Oh wait, it’s not really the Conservative Party either. It’s more like a Conservative Liberal Democrat mashup.
Coalition is what they call it.
The pundits are already worried that this Coalition government isn’t going to work. That the differences between the two parties are going to cause infighting and policy clashes that may not be the best for Britain. It’s a bit like a two headed government.
In a democracy, it’s good to have internal debate and discussion about what’s the best direction for the country. A democracy runs on the elected majority making decisions on behalf of the people (theoretically, not necessarily realistically.) But there are clear dangers about being of two-minds, and having two parties in conflict with each other deciding what to do.
I’m reminded of what Jesus says “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” Jesus was being accused about where his allegiances were – whether he was really the Son of God. And Jesus points out the obvious – that in the same way a kingdom of two allegiances is unstable, so a life of two allegiances will be unstable.
In my own life, I’ve realised that there are rulers and kings which still have jurisdiction over my thoughts and actions. Kings in my life that I am reluctant to depose. I gladly give them my secret allegiance, whilst proclaiming my undying affection to Jesus. And I wonder why my relationship with Christ lacks the stability that I desire? It’s clear because I have not walked with Jesus into the victory of his Kingdom.
There is only one King of kings. And only one Lord of lords.
As my journey with Christ continues, I now commit to walking with him, deposing kings that fill me with false promises of satisfaction and peace, and instead grant that land of my heart to Christ.
May the flag of Christ fly throughout my life.
These were some thoughts about the sixteenth episode in our series on Joshua. You can find all the the messages as well as the worship at the BCEC Sermon Page or or listen to the sermon directly – Joshua 10:29-13:7.