📑 Sunday Quote

> "That diabolical connection—demons associated with the political kingdoms of the world—is highlighted right at the start of the New Testament. In the temptation narratives in the Gospels, Satan is described as ruler over all the kingdoms in the world: The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.” (Luke 4:5-6) I don’t think the connection between the spiritual and the political could be any clearer. The price for political power is spiritual allegiance. Jesus rejects both offers, refusing to worship Satan and refusing to rule the world through political power. Turning his back on Satan, Jesus sets out to establish a very different sort of kingdom exercising a very different sort of power as a very different sort of King." (Richard Beck, Reviving Old Scratch)