Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Book of Romans and Christians in a Globalized World

Kato Mivule | January 26, 2009

We live in a world running at full speed towards complete Globalization with no stopping. World Governments are all integrating economically, socially, technologically, politically and religiously into the so-called Global Village.

However, this move towards globalization is catching many Christians unaware and unprepared. Many Christians simply react by trying to fight against it by becoming political. Such Christians hope that maybe some Christian Politician will help redeem the Church and the “Christian Nation” from the forces of Globalization that are driving towards a One World Governance and Order.

However, when one studies carefully the Bible in the Book of Revelation, we see that a Global Government was prophesied almost 2000 years ago and having a “Christian Politician” and President will not help anything at all in reversing what The Lord has said will happen.

However, many Christians are simply ‘hiding their heads in the sand’ with an ‘Ostrich Mentality’, wishing that some how reality passes away and while Christians enjoy a Morally Pure Utopia ushered with the help of ‘Christian Politicians’.

The reality is that the Forces of Globalization are on a very clear collision course with Christianity and Christians in general who will not allow to ‘integrate’ into Global Religion…and Christians had better awake and find ways to deal with what we are likely to face in the future…

Many Christians in the West, especially in the USA look at recent events with sadness as “Liberals” are at the helm of things, from the White House to Congress and even ‘Main Street’. The reality is that ever since the days of the early church, “Liberals” have been in control and employing ‘political metamorphosis’ to be “conservative”…

However, how did the early Church interact with this challenge as we know from studying history that it is not new?

Studying the Book of Romans in the New Testament is very helpful for any Christian who truly loves Jesus Christ today. How did the early Christians interact with their society then? How did the early Christians interact with each other during this time? How did the early Christians relate to Jesus Christ during this time of Roman “Global” Rule, a.k.a. ‘The Roman Empire’, vis-à-vis the ‘Roman Civilization’?

We find that there are a number of similarities between the Roman Empire then and the Western Nations of today, especially the United States of America…

We see that Rome was an Empire… with global reach, the most powerful Military, Economy, and Political establishment then. Rome had its own Senators and a society divided between the Poor and the Rich. Rome faced its own form of terrorism from the “Barbarians”… Rome faced economic crisis, a famine as recorded in the book of Acts.

In Rome, morality was cast aside and was known for its infanticide. Rome was also known for its cravings for same sex relationships that Senators in Rome were known for possessing young boys who served as sex slaves. Rome was as such a capital for homosexual activity in the Roman Empire. Rome was known for its excess, greed, and gluttony. Self indulgence was the order of the day.

Yet at the same time Rome was the center of Civilization then, they built road networks, had a form of democracy, they kept records and history, including the famous ‘Josephus’ Historian who wrote his accounts for the Roman Empire. They had a form of education and seemed to surpass all those who were before them.

Interestingly, Rome had Christians who lived there and Jesus Christ was born during this time of Roman Rule and Empire. So, how did Jesus Christ relate to the Roman Empire? How did the Apostle Paul and the early Church relate to the Roman Empire? How did they behave during this time?

We know for sure that it was the Romans who crucified Jesus Christ. It was the Romans who heavily persecuted the Christians, killing thousands of then and feeding them to hungry lions in the Arenas… Did the Christians in Rome “Flee their Babylon” as some Christians teach falsely today? Did Paul the Apostle tell Christians to Flee Rome?

Did the Christians in Rome seek to establish a “Christian Empire” in the region? Did they seek to hire the expertise of the “Christian Senator” to advance their “Christian Moral Values”? These are some of the questions that we shall endeavor to find answers for as we prayerfully study the Book of Romans n the New Testament.

It is very clear that Paul the Apostle was writing to Christians in Rome…he was writing to the saints in this “evil empire”… He was communication to people of God who lived in the center of the “immoral” Roman Empire… Paul was communicating to folks whose Senators were very likely homosexuals and gluttons…

However, Paul the Apostle is very clear that he was called to bring to obedience to the faith a people among all nations…which means that even in evil Rome, there where a faithful people who obeyed and loved Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:1-7
(1) Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
(2) (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures,)
(3) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
(4) And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
(5) By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name;
(6) Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
(7) To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a false teaching out there today that the Gospel is done in America. This teaching comes from the “Flee Babylon USA” group that believes that because of the sins being committed in the USA today, the Gospel is done and cannot be preached in the USA… This is a lie and distraction from Satan.

The opposite is true…there is need for the True Gospel in the USA just like Paul the Apostle sought an opportunity to preach the True Gospel in Rome, so that even in Rome, God would demonstrate His Grace and Mercy and bring some to the obedience of Faith…

There is a Church in the Book of Revelation that Jesus Christ addresses as being a Church that dwelt in a place were Satan had his throne, yet The Lord calls this Church to be faithful…

Revelation 2:12-13
(12) And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
(13) I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

Yes, as we study the Book of Romans, the Lord is calling the Church in the West to remain faithful to Him and His Word…even as Christians in Pergamos and Rome did…even to the point of death for their faith…

Kato Mivule


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