One of the most misguided judgments ever made is to judge by appearance (John 7:24). Judging by wrong standards will never lead to a godly perspective of how God sees the different races of people in the world. All humanity is created equal in the eyes of God and we all bear the image of God, however the whole world is a prisoner of sin. So as we are equal in sin – we are also equal in salvation. The world draws distinctions, comparisons, and man-made theologies, but God says Christ is all and in all that believe. His desire is for us to live in perfect unity.
In this teaching Jon Touchstone begins in Colossians 2 where we learn that wisdom of the world offers fine sounding arguments, but in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Flattery and smooth sounding speech is used by those promoting the wisdom of the world, but God states He reveals His thoughts to those who have the spirit and love God.
This is a timely teaching that sheds light on current issues including social justice, identity politics, call out culture, cancel culture, and the power of accusation. It warns us not to get entangled with worldly thinking. God delights in how orderly we are, how firm our faith in Christ is, and to be spiritually preceptive to avoid elemental philosophies and doctrines of devils.
We know from Scripture that there are two spiritual kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Both kingdoms rely upon authority, but use it in very different ways. God is not a God of disorder, but peace. Therefore His authority, which we find in self-government, the government of the family, church government, civil government, and within God’s kingdom, are all given to man to bless him and order his reality. Satan, on the other hand, uses his authority to tyrannize and oppress.
God’s principles are clear from a societal point of view. As Christians, we believe in strong and consistent authority. We support strong personal responsibility, and strong families. We support strong faith and spiritual affiliation. We support just laws, and we support strong and just law enforcement. In this very timely teaching, given the current state of our nation and the world, Jon Touchstone takes us into the Word of God and looks at His intention for Civil Government.