The rule of King Jesus is not extended by force or by political power. It is not a top-down rule over unwilling subjects. So, electing Christians to public office to dominate a rebellious populace is not the answer. Political leaders reflect the character of the citizens who elected them, so we invariably get what we are. The election of Bill Clinton in 1992 and again in 1996, recognized by the general populace as a liar and an adulterer, was a commentary on the moral state of our land. Only a few years earlier, such recognition torpedoed the presidential campaign of Gary Hart.
Political involvement is a necessary activity for God’s people, and we must learn to participate in the political process. But to place our confidence in it as the primary way to extend God’s kingdom is a serious misunderstanding of spiritual truth. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:3,4). Kingdom extension begins with a lost sinner encountering Jesus Christ and surrendering totally to Him as Lord, so that this new relationship affects every aspect of the sinner’s life. Old friends, family, business associates, and yes, even political cronies, all are touched by his new life so that one-by-one, they begin to fall to the rule of the King. Slowly, gradually, like leaven in a measure of meal (Matthew 13:33), the kingdom spreads, until the general population begins to desire righteous rule, and God’s people are ultimately victorious.