And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee. Zechariah 2:11
The mission of the church of Jesus Christ has an open door policy at the core. Any person and I stress, any, person can come to church or can come to Christ. Humans have no say in who comes and who goes. Our mission includes the command to disciple all nations. The common interpretation of this order has played out in what we call evangelism. Most churches have a robust plan to win individuals over to Christ by preaching the gospel.
The prediction of Zechariah is about many nations joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people
Apart from the late Herbert Armstrong we find no delegations doing evangelism directly with the heads of state. We target ordinary individuals. So how do nations become disciples? Are nations lost in sin? Did Christ die for nations? Are nations destined to adopt either the Mosaic law or the gospel (new covenant)?
The last time a kingdom tried to acquire the distinction of being a Yahweh worshipper it ended in nothing. Nebuchadnezzar’s decree or any other decree enjoining Yahweh worship is not what God wants for the nations. Yet there is that lingering sense and hope that a nation-state can show itself conducive to Christian ideals. The disaster has been that mixing of old and new that common sense alone tells us does not work.
We cannot have at the same time the mindless condemnation of innocents that has been so frequent and the commitment to mercy and justice that truly addresses the dignity of every human being.
Christian justice begins with mercy or grace.