…try using that term today, Christian politics or better yet, Christian politician. Do politics and religion mix? How many of you have heard of Charles Finney? I quoted Finney in my book and Finney said this about Christians and politics:
The church must take right ground in regard to politics . . . The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country that we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to God . . . God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.
Now what standards were set by God for those who govern and how is it that our founders came up with our particular form of government? It is based on their biblical knowledge. We as nation followed this example for a long time.
Biblical Foundation for Church Tax Exemption:
Also we inform you that it shall not be lawful to impose tax, tribute, or custom on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Nethinim (other workers), or servants of this house of God. (Ezra 7:24)
(I understand that tax exemption status for churches came in the 20th Century but it is based on solid biblical thinking)
Biblical Foundations for the Constitutional Separation of Powers:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart; I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
These Holy Spirit led men knew that man was wicked and that a pure democracy would never works and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Biblical Foundation for Three Branches of Government:
For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)
Let’s take a look at each of these. What did the Bible expect of a judge?
His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth… (Isaiah 11:3-4a)
How righteous are our judges today? Here is one example.
David Parker, his wife, and another couple, the Wirthlins, sued the Lexington, Massachusetts school system over the teaching and normalization of homosexual behavior in the elementary schools, purposefully without parents’ knowledge or consent, or ability to opt out. U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf dismissed the civil rights lawsuit brought by David Parker, ordering that it is reasonable, indeed there is an obligation, for public schools to teach young children to accept and endorse homosexuality. Wolf essentially adopted the reasoning in a brief submitted by a number of homosexual-advocacy groups, who said “the rights of religious freedom and parental control over the upbringing of children … would undermine teaching and learning…”
Lexington, Massachusetts…does that not ring a bell for you in American Revolutionary history? If not, go look it up!
Oh and it gets worse, check out Mass Resistance for the complete story.
What about Roe v. Wade? Again quoting from my book:
Why is the term fetus used? It all goes back to the landmark US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (1973). This whole argument was based off of the choice of the mother and her “right to privacy. Again quoting Colson and Pearcy from How Now Shall We Live:
“Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion, acknowledged at the time that if a fetus were a person, then its right to life would be guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment (which instructs the states that they may not deprive ‘any person of life, liberty, or property’). In order to uphold the right to abortion, the Court had to argue that though the fetus is biologically human, it is not a legal person. What’s more, if the justices acknowledged that the fetus changed from a nonperson to a person at any stage of pregnancy, then abortion would become an unlawful deprivation of life—in short, murder. The Court ruled that the fetus is a nonperson with no rights at all at any stage of pregnancy. Only the mother is a person, with a ‘right to privacy’.”
How many of you knew that about Roe v. Wade? How many of you knew that the Supreme Court of the United States put itself higher than the Supreme Being and declared the unborn child not a legal person? This is why the pro-abortion crowd clings to the term “fetus?”
The most ironic part of it all is that “fetus” is Latin for “little baby”!
What are some things about society that Christians bemoan? School prayer, abortion, same sex marriage, the pledge of allegiance “under God”, no nativity scenes, ACLU, Americans United for Separation of church and state. All this happened in our courts.
Our US Supreme Court will be going through some changes in the next few years. Right now the Senate Judiciary Circus, I mean Committee, is holding confirmation hearings on Justice David Souter’s replacement to the court, Sonia Sotomayer. And Justices John Paul Jones is 87 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 74 and recovering from pancreatic cancer.
What is worse than having our courts handing down these ungodly rulings?
A weak executive branch enforcing them and a legislative branch not taking courageous steps to limit judicial powers.
And all the while the majority of pulpits across America are quiet.
More on that tomorrow.