Episode 64 Show Notes
Engaging in Politics Without Forgetting the Gospel
From the Show
In Jeremiah 10:25, Jeremiah prays, “Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name.” Is it okay for Christians to pray this way?
We're not driving out the unbelievers from any holy land. There isn't a holy land. The church, the body of Christ spread out throughout the world, is God's holy land. It's holy because it's in Christ. Now, the church is not identified with any particular geopolitical nation. So, it would be inappropriate for us to pray that prayer that Jeremiah was called by God to pray (pour out your wrath on the nation's that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name) because this is not yet the time of judgment. All of those judgments in the Old Testament, including the one for which Jeremiah prayed, are previews of coming attractions. These are just small-scale anticipation of the great day of judgment that's up ahead. But we're not there yet. That great day of judgment has not come upon us, happily, because it's still the day of salvation and God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. Sometimes in worship, the Spirit seems to really be moving and other times it seems like God didn’t show up to church that day? What do you think is the most important thing we can do as a church for God to show up and the Spirit to move?
2. How can Christians keep from getting so caught up in politics that they forget the gospel?
3. In Jeremiah 10:25, Jeremiah prays, “Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name.” Is it okay for Christians to pray this way?
4. I don’t understand the story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis. How should I understand it?
5. I heard that we should think of salvation as past, present, and future. I have been saved, being saved, and will be saved. How do you understand this?
6. What is your favorite passage in Isaiah?
7. Is there forgiveness for every sin?
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