Just a reminder, dear Christian readers, that American politics and economics ought to matter to you as much as Roman politics and economics mattered to the early church: not very much at all.
Paul repeatedly reminded Christians that we are a set apart people, that we constitute a “holy nation,” and that though we are obligated to submit to government should we break its laws, it is better for us to obey God rather than man. John went so far as to portray the Roman economic system as “the mark of the beast” and Caesar not as the god the Romans worshiped him as, but as a sinister servant of Satan!
Friends, not much has changed. Put your priorities on heavenly things. If you are a true believer in Christ, know that He has saved you not only from sin but from this world’s empires, ushering you through rebirth into a kingdom not of this world.
The Scriptures reveal that Satan is the prince of this world — its empires, kingdoms, and economies. We are expressly told that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.
And we are sent as ambassadors of that kingdom and are unequivocally told to live in a manner becoming of our King, to the point that we are conformed to His image.
Whether it be through little things like growing your own food so that you don’t have to participate in Rome’s markets or through larger things like refusing to vote for the rulers of kingdoms which you are, in the eyes of God, not even a citizen of, each and every one of us can subvert Satan’s kingdom. (If you thought evangelism and doctrinal training were the only ways to do this, you have been taught a woefully incomplete view of the Scriptures. Those things are great — foundational, even! — but they are by no means the whole picture.)
Each day that you live, you are given a choice: serve God or serve something else. You cannot serve two masters, and you most definitely cannot please the King when you spend all your time getting comfortable in this world. To be friends with the Christ is to be enemies with the world. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.