Before you decide to snipe me to Kingdom come because you think I’m trampling on your new idol, please take a deep breath and remain calm. This is not about Chris Kyle (R.I.P.), it is about the false paradigms that keep us from becoming faithful subjects and citizens of the Kingdom of God.
John 18:19 records our Sovereign King and Master Jesus Christ to have said to Pilate the following words:
“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
Jesus was not saying anything different from what he taught all along. He taught us to pray: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Anyone who listened to Jesus’ teachings in the hope that he would lead an armed rebellion against a worldly system, would be greatly disappointed.
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the devil showed him all the Kingdoms of the world and their splendor, while saying:
“All this I will give you if you bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)
The Bible makes a clear distinction between planet earth and “the world.” While God is the owner of the planet and all its creatures (Psalm 24:1), the fallen systems of this world belong to the devil.
All the nations of the world are filled with injustice, cruelty, lies, murder, immorality, addictions, rapes, theft, greed and exploitation because Satan is: “The ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 16:11) and “the god of this world.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Most American Christians would not have a problem with these citations, until you dare to include America and secular Israel as being a part of the systems that are under the rulership of Satan.
If this were not so, Jesus would not have commanded us to foster an attitude of expectation for the day of our redemption from this world when he returns to judge, avenge his enemies and make all things new. (Luke 21:28; Revelation 21:5)
The Bible also teaches that when Christians are baptized into Christ, that they are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God. (Colossians 1: 13-14) As a matter of fact, on the night of his betrayal unto death, Jesus Christ clearly said in his prayers that although we live in the world, that we’re not of this world.” (John 17:16)
The Bible also teaches that the baptized are not citizens of this world. Our citizenship resides in the person of Christ, who at this time is in heaven. (Philippians 3:20-21)
As citizens of the Kingdom of God, Christians are supposed to be constantly working to bring everything under the control and obedience of Christ’s Kingdom through the preaching of the Gospel.
The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NIV
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
This is one of those teachings of Christ that is too tough and demanding for the average listener to understand and/or apply, because most churches and pastors do not teach the true Gospel as it is found in the New Testament.
Can you handle the truth?
Christians are “aliens and strangers” in this world because they are part of a NATION that does not allow dual citizenships. You either serve Jesus or you serve the worldly system under Satan. (Matthew 6:24; 1 Peter 2:9-11)
Anyone who is a “friend of the world” is actually an “enemy of God.” (1John 2:15-17; James 4:4)
As Christian “aliens and strangers,” we’re called to live at peace in the world to the best of our ability. (Romans 12:18) And because of this, we obey and submit to the governments of this world “for the sake of the Lord” and our mission as proclaimers of the Good News. (1 Peter 2: 9-17)
No nation pays taxes to other nations, unless they have been conquered. We Christians have a divine right to not pay taxes to the systems of the world because we are citizens of a Kingdom that has already conquered the world. (Revelation 11:15; John 16:33)
And yet, we pay taxes and obey the laws of this world as a testimony to sinners through our righteous conduct, in order to win them for Christ. (Romans 12-13; 1 Peter 2:12; Matthew 17:27)
Although we strive to live as model citizens of this world, we belong to the new creation and our lives are “hidden in Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 3:1-3)
As Christians, we have been given the injunction to seek after the things that are from above, rather than the things of a passing world. (2 Cor. 4:18; Col. 3:2; Rom. 8:5-8)
If you as a Christian do not believe me regarding the fact that you don’t belong in this world, I dare you to go to any college or government institution and complain about the depravity of our nation… I think you would be quickly reminded of what the Lord says in John 15:19-
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
So you see dear Christian? This has nothing to do with Chris Kyle and his “patriotism.” As far as he was concerned, he was fulfilling his duty to his nation. As far as I am concerned the world has a right to call him a “hero.”
And that is exactly the crux of the problem.
You know by now that the Iraq War was built on one of the devil’s specialties: LIES.
The 4 tours of “duty” of Chris Kyle were part of a LIE. The man might’ve been a good man, but if he was a Christian, he was an ignorant man. He served in 4 tours of a conflict that was based on pure lies and deceit.
As a matter of fact, history attests that there have always been a plethora of men that love to fight, regardless of the morality and essence of the mission. And yet, we would not dare to call many of them “heroes” because we are CHRISTIANS.
The truth is that Chris Kyle was part of Craft International, a “security” agency that is made up of mercenaries. As a matter of fact, Kyle served as president of this mercenary agency.
Yes, Chris Kyle was a mercenary. A warrior who fought for profit, and not for principle.
Apparently he was also a liar, since his claim to have knocked out Governor Jesse Ventura (another ex-Navy Seal and War Veteran) was settled for almost 2 MILLION dollars.
If you as a Christian can sing,“You can have all this world, but gimme Jesus,” how then can you root for a “hero” of a war that was indisputably based on LIES? Isn’t the devil the “father of all lies?” And if you are supporting a war based on lies, aren’t then you supporting the father of all lies? (John 8:44)
Dear Christian- you cannot be a true soldier of the Gospel unless you wear the “belt of truth,” which is what holds the rest of the Armor of God together. (Eph. 6:14) It is the truth that sets you free. (John 8:32)
As a matter of fact, you should have the sense to realize that:
The hero does not make the mission. It is the mission that makes the hero.–jcr
By worshiping a “hero” of a mission built on lies, you have worshiped the icon and idol that represents the god of this world and father of all lies- Satan.
Chris Kyle was a hero… A hero of THIS world, in the image of THIS world, and not the image of the world to come.
Let us not forget that God’s name is JEALOUS. (Exodus 34:14)
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever. Christ First! Christ Always!
God bless The CHRISTIAN NATION.