God created the world, the mountains and the trees and the stars, and called it good.
See Genesis 1
However, the world system, political, economic, and religious, is under the sway of the wicked one… for a time.
See 1 John 5:19
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Out of Context: 2 Chronicles 7:14
Noah and his family did humble themselves, and sought God’s face, and turned from their wicked ways. God forgave their sins, but he did not heal their land. It was destined for judgment and destruction.
Democrats are Communists and Republicans are Fascists!
I’m just joking.
Well… half joking…
How often in our day are professing Christians being manipulated and deceived by demagoguery? A “demagogue” is, “a popular leader who stirs up the people by appealing to their emotions and prejudices. The chief aim of most demagogues is to get power and money for themselves alone.” 12
When someone observes a conflict in society, the tendency is to try to figure out which side is the good guys and which side is the bad guys and then jump on board the bandwagon of the “good guys”.
But if a powerful ruler thinks like Machiavelli, what is the most powerful means by which to control the outcome of any conflict in society? Control both sides! If Machiavelli is smart enough to think of such deceptions then certainly Satan and his demons are even smarter. And certainly they have inspired worldly leaders in this regard for centuries. Consider how Joshua was also caught up in such worldly, fleshly thinking:
“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.” Joshua 5:13-6:1
Our Lord Jesus calls us out of these worldly entanglements and deceptions. We stand on Holy ground, set apart unto Him, to be used for his purposes. We are called out of the world’s philosophies and battles in order to represent Jesus to the world, to be an Ambassador from our sovereign Lord to this foreign land, to speak the Truth in Love.
We should submit to worldly authority according to Romans 13 and Acts 5:28, 29 without worshipping those in authority and without allowing ourselves, by the grace of God, to be deceived and manipulated by those in authority.
Slaughtering a Pig
Bringing the politics of the world system into the assembly of the saints, is like slaughtering a pig in the Holy of Holies.