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What It Really Means to Say “Jesus is Lord”

The New Testament calls Jesus our Lord and Savior very, very often. If you flip to any random page in it, you will be very likely to find at least one of these words used to describe him, and 2,000 years later, they have become so commonplace that we almost don’t even notice them anymore. Of course Jesus is our Lord and Savior. That is Christianity 101, so we don’t need to dwell on it too much. We have that part of our faith down pat….or do we?

I would actually suggest that we don’t. See, when the New Testament uses these titles, it is not just expressing a nice religious sentiment that we can be happy about for an hour or so once every seven days. No, it is making a bold statement about what our priorities in life should be. If Jesus really is the Lord of our lives, then there is nothing more important than him. There is nobody above him, so our allegiance to him should take precedence over any earthly allegiance, no matter how precious it may be to us.

But even that has become a bit sanitized over the two millennia of Christian history. We can repeat till we’re blue in the face that Jesus is the absolute, highest, most supreme Lord of our lives, but there is still one place where too many of us forget that or, even worse, willfully ignore it: politics. In America today, it is almost blasphemous to say that religion should have a place in public life. Our separation of church and state has become so robust that a lot of people think we need to check our faith at the door when we enter the public square and talk about political issues or take any sort of political action. They think politics is the one place where the Bible’s teaching about Jesus’ authority over our lives doesn’t apply, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

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