Should evangelical politics be partisan? If truth be told all politics are partisan; we align with those of like values. However, authors Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner have published a book titled City of Man: Religion in a New Era and in the book they make the case that the evangelical movement is too involved in partisan politics. (Read article at http://tinyurl.com/28jwrro).
The authors want to see evangelicals involved in a politics that is both moral and civil. I agree with that; too many Christian commentators believe they have the gift of criticism and merely bash other Christians or politicians; I have been guilty of this very thing in the past.
Where the authors somewhat lose me is their belief that we must focus on issues of justice and claim this will open more areas for us.
Anything Christians are involved in should focus on exalting Christ and glorifying God. We must remember that in the end we will answer to God and He will not accept political pragmatism or saving America at all costs as an excuse for compromising Biblical principles. In the end will we be able to say what the writer of Hebrews said?
“Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.” (Hebrews 13:18)
Has the American church desired to live honorably in all things; does it have a good conscience. For too long American Christendom has looked to the G-O-P to save it instead of G-O-D. Did you realize that over 30% of Americans under the age of 40 have been slaughtered in abortion factories across America since Roe vs. Wade? Yes Mr. Gerson and Mr. Wehner I am a single issue voter in that if you get this wrong we are done having a conversation about you representing me.
Steve Deace of WHO-Radio puts the argument best; he was commenting on the gay marriage issue on his radio show with Iowa being on the frontlines of that battle. Bro Steve says we have to answer the yes or no question of “Is homosexuality morally right?” Is it?
Is abortion morally right? Yes or no?
Is stealing from the rich and giving to the poor morally right? Yes or no?
Is rewarding laziness morally right? Yes or no?
Is excusing law-breaking morally right? Yes or no?
The purpose of religion is to determine the morality of an issue; is it morally right to set out on the course before us…yes or no? Again I take us back to John Adams’ quote about our form of government:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Oh but Bro Dave we must put the fire out in our own house before we try to save the neighborhood! That’s a good one! Save that one for the judgment seat of Christ!
Oh but you cannot believe the grief I get if I try to stand on Biblical principle; I get called all kinds of names and in the end I am shut out. Do you really? Seriously?
“For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.” (1 Peter 2:19)
Instead of American Christendom (me included, especially me!) looking for the next Ronald Reagan to save America we need to be looking for the next Jonathan Edwards or Charles Finney (look them up). Speaking of Finney, look what he once said about government:
“No government is lawful or innocent that does not recognize the moral law as the only universal law, and God as the Supreme Lawgiver and Judge, to whom nations in their national capacity, as well as individuals, are amenable. “
He said that in the mid-1800s! Imagine an elected official saying something like that today; one did in fact. My dear friend Sharron Angle said that and was castigated by the press and made out to be a radical.
Jesus was a radical and He was counter-culture. Imagine the church being radically-saved and sold out to Christ and being counter-culture until one day they become the culture.
Why is it we as Christians and conservatives are always clamoring for a return to our founding principles but all the while willing to compromise on Biblical principles?e
We pray that God will bless America. Shame on us! SHAME ON US!!!
We come to the altar with the blood of over 53 million slaughtered unborn Americans and the morsels of materialism on our lips and say, please God will you not bless this mess?
How dare we! SHAME ON US!!!
Beloved, what are we doing? Can anyone tell me.
What is it I have done Lord? Oh Jesus, how shameful I have treated your precious gift of salvation. I have taken it for granted; I have taken it into places shameful; but have I taken it to a lost world?
Refine me Lord, chasten me so that I am no longer a disgusting counterfeit Christian. I am guilty of what Jesus’ brother wrote:
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
Mr. Gerson and Mr. Wehner want us to concentrate on justice, well then let me leave us with Thomas Jefferson’s words on justice:
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
Therein lies the problem with American Christendom; she long ago stopped trembling.
May you have a restful yet reflective weekend and remember to go to church that you may bless God and glorify Him.
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