How many times have you heard this, “You need to make Jesus Lord of your life!”? How many times have you and I said something like that? Is that best and the most biblical way of explaining the good news of salvation to someone. I don’t think so.
Michael Kelly explains:
Is it possible that our notion of the lordship of Jesus has been influenced by an American commitment to democracy?
That’s a mouthful of a statement, isn’t it? But since we, at least in the country where I’m writing, find ourselves in the midst of an election year, it seems to fit. So think with me for a minute about the nature of elections. In an election, we choose our leadership. We cast ballots, and the winner of those votes becomes the leader. The one that we follow for the next four years.
All political views aside, then, the President of the United States, because he (or she) is elected by the people, serves at the will and pleasure of those people. The people are the boss of the leader, at least in theory.
But to call Jesus “Lord” is much, much different than that.
It’s not so much a choosing as it is a recognition.
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