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"By This..." 
"By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers."
1 John 3:16.
 
Whenever Christianity has occupied a position of political authority it has inevitably corrupted itself – irredeemably.
 
No matter how sincere Christian adherence may have been, the exercise of national or community leadership based on 'Christian' principles has led Christianity astray. WHY?
Leadership that is associated with any form of coercion (which is this world's methodology of governance) violates Christianity,
for God respects all choice, even when it is totally wrong, or we would not be even able to so choose.
When
the 'Christian' Crusaders invaded the Middle East to 'liberate' the Holy Land to restore its revenue to the Roman pope they committed the worst kinds of crimes which completely misrepresented Christianity to non-Christians.
Coercion and Christianity are mutually exclusive!
 
In the wisdom of God,
the Lord Jesus had said, for us also to know –
"By this ALL people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35.)
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:28.
 
I recently came across a corruption of this quote in a public display in the UK,
which substituted, in the place of "if you have love one for another", the misleading words "...if you love God, king and country".
Patriotism is not a Christian characteristic – for it essentially discriminates between people!
In other words, it is
the visible love relationship between and among Christians of all classes and nationalities which is the God-given persuasion-factor to identify Christianity's divine origin and persuade the world we live in –
not by noble ideals, no matter how well intentioned, nor by religious or doctrinal standards,
but only by the visible practice of loving each other regardless of human circumstance.
God's commitment is not to principles, doctrine, or governments of any kind, but directly to the welfare of people, all people! Every thing else is simply a tool to that end.
It is
very natural to want the best possible political government for the country we live in, and thus for Christians to expect that a 'Christian' national government would be the right ideal to strive for, but this introduces a level of socio-political discrimination that disadvantages non-Christians and is foreign to what the Christianity of Christ represents to the world.
God does not bless a country because of it has the right government but because its population has the right attitude of values!
 
Biblical Christianity is designed to represent Christ's own attitude to all those around us... His sacrificial love... indiscriminately!
 
So weighing the comparative advantages of a 'Christian' political government inevitably misrepresents Christianity, for Christianity loves all unconditionally as Christ does.
It does not act in self-interest, and the character of the true Christian community is of those bonded by the Holy Spirit in the love of God,
to live their lives as a holy reflection of His love from on High. Anything less than this misrepresents the truth.
 
This Christianity is unstoppable in any culture and in any climate!
 
"God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
By this is love perfected (τελειόω/completed/fulfilled) with us,
so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment,
because as He is so also are we in this world
."
1 John 4:16-17.

Note in this scripture
"for God so loved the world [kosmos] that He gave His unique son that whosoever..." (John 3:16)
the word "world" cannot be limited* to believers, as some teach, for this same word is used again in the same Gospel to mean those who are lost (John 15:19).
(*Therefore John Calvin's Limited Atonement aberration must be utterly discarded if one is to be true to the intention of Holy Scripture,
an aberration which Calvin had adopted in accord with Augustine's pagan neo-Platonic perspective)
The only character that has an intrinsic right to exist is that which directly reflects the character of the Creator, the Infinite One, as portrayed in Christ
insistent – unconditional – self-sacrificing – love!
The consistent visibility of this is the identification of those who belong to God.



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