My faithful Kuyperian friend, Jake Belder, offers a great quote from David Bosch’s December 1979 issue of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. The quote is lengthy, but here is the concluding paragraph:
If we forget this we commit the same mistake as those Christians who argue…that we had better withdraw from the world into a religious enclave. The terrible thing these Christians are doing is to grant legality to the spurious claim of the enemy that this world belongs to him, not to God! And when Jesus said to Pilate, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world’, his words should not be understood as meaning that his Kingdom is entirely other-worldly. It should rather, within the context of John’s gospel, be understood to mean, ‘My Kingdom does not operate according to the rules of this world which have been adulterated by Satan. My Kingdom is unique. But this does not make it other-worldly.’ Did Jesus not, after all, teach his disciples to pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?’ Therefore, if we Christians surrender this world to Satan, we play right into his hands. And we betray the Lordship of Christ.