Over the next couple of weeks, my television watching will consist of two things: basketball and news.  The NCAA tournament is a highlight every year and things are getting very interesting in American politics.  As disconnected as these two subjects seem, there is a link that reminds me of the importance of the Paphos Paradigm.

Do you feel the upheaval and intensity in today’s political environment?  Major legislation is being considered and we seem to hear as much about how law is made as we do what the laws are.  “Peace” is not a word that comes to my mind when I think of our political situation today.

Yet the Scriptures command the believer to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).  Here, believe it or not, is the connection to March Madness.  The word “rule” in this verse literally means the ref’s call at a sporting event.  When we let the peace of Christ rule in us, His peace is the deciding factor in the decisions we make.  The true believer cannot consistently opt to live life his own way, since that would result in sin, guilt and a damaged conscience.  Letting Christ’s peace rule – or making minute-by-minute choices that please Him, fostering and preserving our peace (agreement and security) with Him is how we abide under the authority of the ref on the court.

So why is there so much conflict in politics?  The hearts of most of our leaders are not ruled by this peace.  Promoting civility will not change that.  Encouraging bipartisanship will not change that.  Peace with God only comes through Jesus: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus ChristRomans 5:1.  Peace with Him makes peace with others possible.  More than that, it makes peace our motivation to glorify Christ, giving us an authority other than ourselves to rule in our relationships.

Pray for your leaders that they may know the One who brings true peace.   Let’s not get mad at unbelievers for acting naturally.  Only supernatural change through the power of the gospel will bring inner, lasting heart-change. 

For more on this, click here to read the Maryland legislators’ Bible study notes for this week, “In the Courtroom of Motivation”.