3. I have found, in the current mission discussion--when "nations" are thought of

             as ethno-lingustic people groups

             (vs as geo-political nations), that

   their actual 'nationhood' is diminished,

to a large extent, because any kingly rule

is largely exempted from that discussion.

                 To me, this is a short-changing of a       

     proper understanding of 'nation-hood.'

              I ask, "If Jesus is the King of kings--whom

             we worship this way almost every week, then 

            where in the world are the kings--in terms

           of our plethora of ministries?" Paul was given 

         one missionary commission in Acts 9:15 and

      one-third of his key audiences were "the Gentile kings!" 

This has been an era of the primacy       of  democracy, in parts,  a growing hatred       of the bureaucracies of modernity, as well as     the heightening of a radical individualism.

 In light of this, it seems,

    even in our reading of our Scriptures,

        we seem to shy away from things like

           corporate conversion (see the majority of

              individual conversions in Acts being "and

                 their household"), discipling (we usually think

                  exclusively of discipling individuals).

             But also, constant citings of rulers, their 

              relation to the larger pictures of "history"     

              as well as certainly realms of rulership for

               those of us who will pass into a heavenly   

               reward. 

For all of these reasons, we need to re-   educate ourselves about not only                   future rewards as rulers (and how would   we prepare for that?) but also a contem-porary  void of actually 'targeting' kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers.

We bring the "role of rulers"

in this discussion for at least 3 reasons   

                   1. Almost any discussion of 'nations'

     in our authoritative Scriptures usually      

pulls in the subject of their kings.      

2. We're in  a modern/postmodern era

in which we've easily forgotten how central 

rulership is to Christ, his ministry and  

teaching, as well as to the rewards he will   give us in the end