What We Seek
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Christians United! has one major goal: the Return of God’s people back to their rightful King.
The Scriptures is our guidebook. In both the Old and New Testament, we see many instances of God’s people falling away and returning back to their God. Christians today find ourselves in a similar sad situation. We have abandoned our Lord and King, we are now facing the consequences of our betrayal and now we desperately want to return. (See Our Crisis) This is what Christians United! desperately seeks: to return once again to our Messiah and King Jesus Christ.
- We seek repentance as the prerequisite for any future Return to God.
- We seek reconciliation among Christians as a necessary step for any future Revival.
- We seek Christian revival in our nation so that we can help Renew God’s Kingdom.
- We seek the renewal of our Christian vocation to be rulers and priest so that we can be a blessing to the nations.
1. Repentance: In the famous 2 Chronicles 7:14 passage quoted above, we see that the repentance of God’s people is the first step in the process of returning to God. God promises to forgive us and to heal our land if we repent of our disloyalty and return to him. What we begin to see is that the Return of God’s people is interactive process between two parties: God and his people. Our Return is neither something we can do ourselves or something God can do for us. If we believe that our Return to God is all up to us, then we will never achieve it as we are hopelessly sinful people. If we wait for God and hope that he will supernaturally do everything for us, then our Return will never happen. The Return to God is an interactive process that we must first initiate through Repentance. What are we to repent of? How can we as a people repent? (see our page on Repentance)
2. Reconciliation: Christians often take it for granted that God will always take us back. This may be true, but we forget just how remarkable this is. If you had a spouse who was repeated unfaithful, would you take your spouse back after he or she asked forgiveness for the seven-times-seventieth time? Most of us would not be so foolish, but God is. We should not forget that our Return to God depends not only on our Repentance, but also on God’s Forgiveness. If we repent of our idolatry, our unfaithfulness, God promises to accept us back.
Yet, God is not stupid. He always promises to take us back, but he places a serious requirement on us. If Yahweh is going to be so generous and open-ended with his Forgiveness, we should be extremely careful to forgive others their trespasses against us! Reread the parable of the Unforgiving Servant. If you still consider this just one parable among many, consider the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer: forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Here, Jesus assumes we would not presume to ask for forgiveness, if we ourselves have not been actively forgiving others their wrongs against us. Christians do not stress this command to forgive others nearly enough.
Forgiveness is the first Kingdom principle on which Christ builds his Kingdom and on which we seek to follow him in building our political party. God’s forgiveness of us leads us to reconciliation as we forgive one another. Christians United! believes that it is unconscionable that many Catholics and Protestants are still fighting the religious wars of almost 500 years ago. How can Christians expect God to forgive them their sins when we cannot forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ! We are united together in acknowledging Jesus as King. We belong and love the same Kingdom epitomized the Resurrection. Paul said that all who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and who believe in their hearts the Resurrection will be saved. Who are we to say otherwise? This is a great stumbling block to the Christian Church. We each pray and repent in our separate churches, but no revival comes. Maybe God is not listening to our pleas because we have not first forgiven our brothers and sisters in Christ! Christians United! believes that the Reconciliation of Catholics and Protestants is a necessary first step to revival. We must stop wasting our time fighting fellow Christians and start fighting the true enemies of Christ which are legion.
3. Revival: God promises that if we return back to him, he will heal our land. Once again this is part of an interactive process. We repent and God forgives. God forgives us and we are reconciled with our brothers and sisters when we forgive them. God then promises revival. He will heal our land. This is not something we can do ourselves. We depend on God to heal our land. Christians United! does not have any magical program for healing our land. We cannot do it and our secular parties have certainly failed to do it as they promised. A Christian political party is not some poor substitute for God. God, through the outpouring of his spirit is the only thing that can heal our land. A second Kingdom principle is Patience. We are patianetly wait for God to heal our land but we must do our part first. We must repent: acknowledge Jesus is King, the people are not. We must be reconciled with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We must stand against the injustice and evil of this world and not against fellow Christians. We must faithfully practice politics according to the principle of our King and not the Kingdom of this world. We do not change the world, God does. We simply stand faithfully with our King, stand against the evils of our day and patiently walk according to the Kingdom principles Jesus first practiced. You may not be able to count on us, but you can count on our God. Revival is coming!
4. Renewal: our faith in God to bring revival gives us hope for a world-wide Christian renewal. Revival of God’s people enable us to renew our vocation to be a light to the world: for Christians to bless the world by spreading the Gospel that Jesus is King. We realize that humanly speaking there is not much possibility of a Christian renewal. In fact, it is impossible. Our hope is not in Man but in God. With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible. In all this we have stressed that the process of Return is interactive. Our repentance leads to God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness leads to our forgiveness of fellow Christians. Our reconciliation leads to God’s revival of his people. God’s revival leads to our renewal of vocation and purpose. Our return to God is of course not so mechanical and simplistic as all of these factors interact with one another into an integrated whole. However, the point our simple explanation is to show that we have in important part to play in the revival and renewal that all Christians hope and pray for. These topics are almost always thought of in terms of religion to the exclusion of politics. The revival and renewal of God’s people may seem like something that should be left to the church for most Christians. Yet, as we begin to understand Our Crisis and consider more deeply the process of Return: Repentance, Reconciliation, Revival and Renewal, we will begin to understand the crucial political dimension to our Return to God.