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Theologian: ‘Greatest Commandment’ Relevant in Election Year

January 13, 2012

With the eyes of the world watching the U.S. presidential campaign, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of one of the world’s largest seminaries, reminds Christians to keep it all in perspective.

It is easy to become cynical and believe it does not matter, Dr. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said Wednesday. Dr. Mohler was the guest speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University during the chapel hour.

Palm Beach Atlantic University Campus Pastor Bernie Cueto, left, with Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in PBA's DeSantis Family Chapel.
Palm Beach Atlantic University Campus Pastor Bernie Cueto, left, with Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in PBA's DeSantis Family Chapel.

“The kingdom of God is not riding on who is riding on Air Force One,” he said. “But even as we are ultimately residents and citizens of the kingdom of heaven, God has a purpose for us right now in the City of Man, the human city, and we have work to do.”

Citing St. Augustine’s City of God, Dr. Mohler — who has been called the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” by Time.com — noted that Christians hold dual citizenship in both the City of God and City of Man.

“Christians have a responsibility to the City of Man precisely because we are residents of the City of God,” he said. “(God) made us citizens of a heavenly kingdom such that we will be agents of salt and light and hope and mercy in a world that can only be described as the City of Man.”

With regard to the media frenzy surrounding the recent presidential primaries, Dr. Mohler said that every generation of Christians eventually questions the importance of such things, as well as the larger issue of the culture of the world around them. What obligation to all of this, he asked, do Christians have?

Jesus addresses this in Chapter 22 of the book of Mathew, he said. When asked which commandment in the Law is the greatest, Jesus told the Pharisees to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (v.37).”

“The Christian’s mode is to be the mode of love,” Dr. Mohler said. “The Christian’s motivation is to be the motivation of love. The Christian’s ambition is to be the ambition of love. Our political philosophy is to be the philosophy of love. ”

Christians ought to be the people who are deeply invested in the human city, precisely because they are called to love their neighbors, he said.

“At the end of the day, we know as Christians that we are here in the City of Man, as Augustine called it, to do everything we can not only to lead to human flourishing,” he said, “but to take as many people with us as we can, by God’s grace and by the gospel of Jesus Christ, into the City of God.”

Dr. Mohler will be the guest teacher at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach on Sunday, and he is scheduled to speak at The Cube at First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.
 

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