I have posted in the past that everyone will face a judgment. For one, the sheep will be separated from the goats (code for the saved from the unsaved). Also, the works of the saved will be judged. Every work done, every word spoken, will be answered for in that judgment. It is important for Christians to examine not only what they do, but their motives- deep in their hearts.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 "I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."
2nd Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Aside from individual judgments, the Scriptures are clear that nations as a whole have been and will be judged. The Canaanites were judged for their wickedness and the Lord told the Israelites to go in and conquer the land. They have never since been told to go into any other nation for any sort of military action. The LORD had told the Israelites in the Torah that they were to see Him (Yahweh) as their King, but He also told them that they would seek their own, He would allow it, and He would choose that king, and that king was to follow His Torah instructions. The Israelites failed in their nation, and they were judged and carried into captivity. The LORD allows human government because ‘people want to have kings (ruling people- governments) like all the nations’. Other nations have been judged and all nations will ultimately be judged. Ultimately, the government of every human nation will be found guilty, because of man’s inclination to allow Satan to rule this world.
2nd Timothy 2:3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Both verses 2: 3 and 2: 4 refer to Christians as ‘soldiers’ for Christ. Verse 2: 3 mentions the ‘suffering’ and 3: 12 talks about being ‘persecuted’ for being a soldier (in that desire to live a godly life). Do you desire to live a godly life? Have you been persecuted for doing so?
But in more keeping with the topic of governments answering to God’s judgment, I was studying the English Standard Version’s reference that a soldier (i.e. for Christ) does not get entangled in ‘civilian pursuits’ (2: 4 above). (KJV: No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.) Where the KJV uses ‘man that warreth (Middle English for one who wars)’ instead of the ESV ‘soldier’ is not an issue. (Some people really get argumentative about words that do not make a difference.) The Greek word would more likely be translated as ‘man who engages in military campaigns’ but is in many versions translated as ‘soldier’. This explanation was primarily for those who get too (overly) specific about ‘versions’, ‘translations’, and ‘specific meanings of words’. Some people wish to argue about things that in the final analysis don’t really change the meaning of the verse.
Now to the main topic, the soldier doesn’t get entangled with ‘civilian pursuits’ (ESV and a number of other versions). ‘Affairs of this life’ (KJV, and many other versions) is fine, but ‘civilian’, fits better to my thinking as it goes on to refer to the soldiers service to the one who enlisted (chose/appointed) him. Essentially, Christians are to concern themselves with living the life of good works that our Creator has called us to, which involves living a life doing the good things and sharing our Creator’s message for mankind. The Christian is not called to concern themselves with the affairs of this world (the civil affairs) as this world is ruled by Satan. If a person lives where he has the opportunity to vote for the affairs of this world, then there should be nothing wrong with understanding something of a politician’s position. But we need to remember that a politician’s ‘stated position’ is often either a lie, or based on ideals that may be beyond his reach.
Yet some people seem to get really caught up in political ‘worship’. They get so involved in playing the blame game and seeking to condemn politicians they hold responsible for this or that. They tend to forget that we are not to “wrestle against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6: 12). They tend to forget that God has established governments, though He told us that we are not to look to this world’s rulers, but to Him as our Ruler. They tend to forget that Satan is the ruler of this world, so what are we to expect from this world’s rulers? Yet, they also tend to forget that God will veto Satan with regards to matters that affect His children. So does our Creator not allow more worldly rulers for nations that are more concerned for worldly things and godly rulers for nations that devote themselves to Him. So instead of playing the ‘blame game’ with politicians, why aren’t God’s people more concerned with the condition of the people in their nation? If your nation’s leaders aren’t so godly, then how godly are the people in your nation? Have you concerned yourself with following God’s Word and praying for your leaders and praying for the state of the people in your nation? Have you concerned yourself with spreading God’s Word and praying for the people in your nation to become more godly? Or do you prefer to ignore God’s Word that teaches (2nd Timothy 2: 3- 4 above) that we are not to become entangled in ‘this world’s affairs’ (civilian affairs)? Do you prefer to continue in playing the blame game and roasting politicians that you dislike and praising politicians that you think will do a better job of running this world’s affairs, rather than leaving that in God’s hands and seeking to pray for rulers and spreading God’s Word?
I would suggest that in regard to political matters, pray for rulers, pray for people in this nation to seek God’s will, and pray for the Lord to lay on your heart what He would have you to do in regards to your own vote, but not to get ‘entangled’ in all the ‘praise for one/blame for the other’ game.