Reformed Baptist Fellowship

How Should the Church Deal with Politics?

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on March 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

The main reason the Church of Jesus Christ must stay out of politics has nothing to do with the First Amendment of our Constitution.  It has everything to do with the purpose of the church and the purpose of politics.

Evangelicals have had a strong taste of power in the past thirty years.  Evangelicals have formed such a strong alliance with the Republican Party that the GOP has never had to wonder how the bulk of the Evangelical world would vote in regard to their candidates in national or even local elections.  Name the last prominent Democratic candidate that Evangelical leaders have supported en mass.  However, we have seen evangelicals line up behind GOP candidates that really do not share their values.  The net result of this alliance has not been good for our churches.  One would think the church of Jesus Christ would have learned the lessons of history dating back to the Holy Roman Empire — and some have – but lately, fueled by an intense dislike of our current President many evangelicals are becoming more political than ever.

A recent example should suffice.  Why would evangelicals rejoice that Scott Brown won in Massachusetts?  Is it because he is a strong idealist or a positive moral example?  Does he espouse the same philosophy as the religious right?  Obviously, it is only because he is seen as a political means to defeat President Obama’s plans.

I am saying that the Republican Party is what it is — a political party — and that it is not the party of God.  I am advocating the necessity of a complete divorce between the church and politics for the sake of the purity of the church.  As individuals, we are the citizens of two kingdoms.  As American citizens, we can be as actively involved in politics as we desire.  This is our right and our privilege.  We are voting for “representatives.”  We usually do not find a candidate who perfectly represent us on every issue, so we compromise and pick who we believe is the best candidate.  Sometimes we end up choosing the infamous “lesser of two evils.”  In the world of politics, that is fine because compromise is necessary or nothing gets done.

Martin Luther allegedly addressed this long before there was a United States when he said he would rather be ruled by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian.  Politics is, by its very nature, “the art of compromise.”  Theology (which should be the chief concern of the church) is the “Study of God and the pursuit of truth.”  The two spheres are very different realms.  It’s imperative that we keep them separate.  When they intermix, politicians have the advantage because we are fighting the battle on their ground.  They are very adept at using the church for their own purposes, while the church finds it does not have any armor for this battle, and she must resort to compromise, excuses, and equivocation, hoping to keep her little sliver of worldly power and occasionally being thrown a bone.  Our American political battles are rarely the equivalent of the Prophet Elijah versus the prophets of Baal.

It isn’t that the church should not engage in politics – it is that she must not do so.  It sidetracks her from her true mission here on earth.  The church is God’s Kingdom on earth, and its duty is to glorify God and teach about Him with the Scriptures as our sole authority.  Done properly, this should be enough to inform the average churchman how to vote as a citizen.  If the choice isn’t that clear, then maybe, just maybe one candidate isn’t God’s man more than the other.  In fact, we can say the man that holds the office is God’s man (Romans 13:1), even if he happens to be Caesar in ancient Rome.  As Christians, it is not our duty to vote for the incumbent, but we do owe them our prayers (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  We even owe them our obedience, unless they try to force us to go against God.

Steve Marquedant
Sovereign Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Ontario, California
www.sgbc-ontario.us
  1. Amen, Pastor Steve. I fully agree 1000%. Scripture tells us that God appoints those to leadership. The elected may not be to our liking, we may not like the way our country is going, but we can be confident that it is according to God’s will and for His purpose. As American citizen, we should vote and be interested in politics but as Christians, trust God in all things and that includes politics.

  2. There seems to be some equivocation on the word “church”–are you talking about believers or the institutionalized church? Also, speaking institutionally, the purpose of both church and state (civil government, politics) is to glorify God—in separate realms, or spheres. If we as Reformed Baptists believe and confess that the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith is a pretty good summary of various Biblical doctrines, I would encourage us to refresh our memories of what it says Of the Civil Magistrate: http://www.vor.org/truth/1689/1689bc24.html
    Telling Reformed Baptists to “stay out of politics” directly opposes the London Baptist Confession of Faith, and, I believe, the Bible.
    I am not a Republican (or a Democrat!), and I completely agree that Christians “in league” with power-hungry, unbiblical, professional politicians in the Republican Party is a shame upon the name of Christ. Although most Christians who are involved with the compromised doctrines of the GOP have good intentions, the end does not justify the means. However, that doesn’t mean that politics is the realm of Satan, where God’s word may never be spoken, and that Christians should abandon the civil realm and just resign ourselves to martyrdom. Yes, sometimes it comes to that, but God has ordained at this time that Christians are still allowed by the civil government to participate in the civil realm and bring the ideas of Biblical Christianity to the marketplace of ideas, which includes the place of the civil government under God and the conduct a civil magistrate, as a “minister of God” (Rom. 13:4) to bring God’s wrath upon the evil doer, as a restraint against evil and give peace and freedom to those who obey God’s civil law.
    I agree that Biblical Christians should not rejoice over lame compromises, such as the Scott Brown election in Massachusetts. But is this a reason to “stay out of politics”? It may be a reason to stay out of the GOP, but I am not convinced that it is a reason for Biblical Christians to withdraw from the civil sphere.
    I agree that the institutionalized church government and the institutionalized civil government must be strictly separate. Though the church sphere is active within the civil sphere, so there is relationship. When will Christians who claim to love the Bible, search out the Scriptures to see how this relationship should be properly thought of and practiced? How is choosing the “lesser of two evils” fine? Is this what God would have us do? I have real concerns about this. As I read the Bible, I see that the church and the state have separate jurisdictions, but I do not see this thing that you are proposing, that believers must not engage in the civil sphere. The God of the Bible is over family, church, and state. Our citizenship in God’s Kingdom, does not end at the gates of the civil sphere.
    But, referring to the Luther quote, what makes the Turk or the Christian “competent” or “incompetent”? Is it not faithfulness to the word of God?(Psalm 2:10-12) The reason why the church is used like a limp puppet in political machinations and does not have any armor for this battle is that Christians refuse to use the Word of God in their political interactions, for example, they frequently choose the lesser of two evils. And what do the leaders of the institutionalized church tell the Christians? “Stay out of politics.” They should be saying, “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13) Do you really believe God wants Christians to leave the evil philosophies currently entrenched (thanks to years of pastors telling their flocks to “stay out of politics”) to go unchallenged by God’s word to civil authorities?
    But shouldn’t American political battles be the civil equivalent of the Elijah versus the prophets of Baal? Or would God have been more correct in His Word to have Elijah slink away, telling himself that God doesn’t want him challenging the religious order of the day, and especially not in the political realm.
    The church is not God’s kingdom on earth. The earth is God’s kingdom, comprised of family, church, and state. God help us.

  3. I disagree with Karla’s last comment. Even Jesus said His kingdom was not of this earth. Pastor Steve is not saying that Christians should not participate in politics. We are dual citizens, citizens of this country and citizens of God’s kingdom. As citizens of this country we should participate in politics and vote our conscience. That is our civil duty. But we should also realize that God is sovereign over all things and appoints all those in leadership. Rom. 13:1 The church has been given the commission to spread the Gospel, to shepherd the sheep, to comfort one another. Yes, and to be a voice for what is Scripturally sound. If the country is going in the wrong direction, the church can be that voice for His people.

  4. It is easy and a tragedy for ‘a church’ to loss sight of her mission and become focused on the kingdoms of this world. Yet if ‘staying out of politics’ means that there is a ‘seperation of church and state’ to the extent that churches are to be without a voice, such in my opinion goes too far in the other direction. (I hope such is not being here espoused.)

    Churches must be the moral compasses of our nation. So many ‘Political’ issues are ‘Moral & Biblical’ issues. We can not be silent as our babies are murdered at the rate of 1 per 26 seconds in this Nation. We can’t be silent as the Institution of Marriage is attacked on all fronts. We must be God’s voice as we open His Word and proclaim His truth. Truth that permeates every aspect of our lives and society. If the church is silent, then who else will be the voice of truth in our age? The church has been intimidated into silence for too long by the enemies of the cross. May God raise up within our churches, Godly youth unafraid of attcking this Godless culture head on, be it as pastors, judges, attorneys, or politicians. Is it not the duty of the church to proclaim what is true and right, even in the realm of politics? If so, then we are not staying out, but seeking to penetrate politics with God’s Word and the Gospel.

  5. I think this is an excellent article. I am going to send it to someone. I agree that the person who is in power now, President Obama, is the God’s man because God put him there. Romans 13:1 addresses this. Mr. Marquedant is so right 🙂

  6. Karla I am not sure what you mean when you write that, “The earth is God’s kingdom,

    comprised of family, church, and state.” Jesus clearly taught, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” The Kingdom has those, and only those that have been regenerated by God.

    As for our brother’s statement concerning the church staying out of politics, he clearly means the local church and not individual Christians. This is what Baptists have always believed, taught and practiced.

  7. Hello David Charles, you are correct, and I appreciate and accept your correction.

    What I was thinking was that Christ is King of heaven and earth, and that believers are not members of a local institutional church only, but are also members of families and citizens of the civil order. Just as we are to obey God in his directions to the church, we are also to obey God in his directions to the family and to the civil authorities.

    The reason why I thought there was equivocation on the meaning of the word “church” was because I wasn’t aware that there were local churches becoming involved with the Republican Party. Mr. Marquedant seemed to be saying “evangelicals,” “evangelical leaders,” “support en mass,” etc.–those just seem like more generic terms than terms I would use to describe local church bodies. He also uses the term “the Church of Jesus Christ,” which has a more universal connotation to me (i.e., all believers). Also, I thought that was illegal; I’ve never heard a pastor in a local church body preach anything about current events, say the name “Obama” (except to pray for him as our president), or even mention “Scott Brown.” I guess that shows how sheltered I’ve been and how uninvolved in the Republican Party I am.

    God has chosen to use saved sinners to spread his word, gain believers, and thereby spread His kingdom throughout the earth. The world has been under the dominion of sin and Satan, and Christ Jesus came into the world to take it back. And He succeeded, for He has overcome the world. And He has given us our marching orders and equipped us to do spiritual battle and preach the gospel to every creature (even politicians) and teach them to do all He has commanded. No, the state is not to be an ecclesiocracy; however, God is King over the state (not church over the state), and believers can serve as “ministers of God” in the civil realm (Ps. 2:10-12, Rom.13:4). The church can storm hell (Matt. 16:18), but politics would sully us? It is our compromising of God’s word, our own sin, that sullies us.

    I appreciate Mr. Marquedant’s article, and I agree with most of it. For example, I certainly agree that the institutional churches should not be backing the Republican party (or any party). I agree that Christians (and apparently local churches) have been compromising on God’s word in order to gain political power, with an “ends justifies the means” MO that is evil.

    The idea he puts forth that I don’t agree is Biblical, though it may very well be traditional, is that the church (evangelicals? local churches?) must stay out of politics because it’s inherently evil and the church is powerless there (no armor), but then goes on to say that as individual voters acting in the American kingdom, it’s “fine” to compromise and vote the lesser of two evils. He seems to present two options (compromise or stay out), while ignoring the 3rd—Biblical—option:

    Individual Christians should “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”-Eph. 6:10-16. (There is a day of evil, and we are to stand on the word of God and not compromise.) And “see to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”-Col. 2:8. (We are not to be compromising dupes or political pawns, but rather stay loyal to Christ and “take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ” in whatever situation we are in and whatever decision we need to make, be it political or otherwise.)

    We should hold fast to Romans 13:1. I would just point out that it’s tempting for those of us Christians who believe in the full sovereignty of God to mystically “let go and let God” and ignore what God tells us in His word that we should be doing, by His grace. He has commanded us to pray His will be done on earth as it is in heaven; He has also commanded us to obey him, to do His will on earth as it is in heaven.

    If I’m misunderstanding or confusing things (entirely possible, even though I’m trying not to), I’m very sorry and apologize to Mr. Marquedant and any offended readers. It’s a complex subject, and I’m sure I don’t have the full grasp of the correct Biblical view and all its implications. Or perhaps I am equivocating the meaning of “church” in my own mind, and that’s the source of my confusion. If that’s the case, please forgive me. I’m excited about these things, maybe more excited than wise; however, I would never want to falsely accuse a brother or put a wrong construction on what he’s saying. I appreciate being allowed this interchange, and I’m also sorry this comment is so long.

  8. Karla there is no need for apologies. You have written nothing that is out of place!

    It is clear that you and every Christian are citizens of two kingdoms. We are commanded to give to each (Caesar and God) their proper place. Those who govern us should at minimum expect our honor (1 Pet 2:17) subjection (Rom 13:1) and prayers (1 Tim 2:1-2).

    God alone however should own our conscience, heart, and trust.

    The sad reality is that the state can be both a servant of God (Rom 13) and the servant of the devil (Rev 13). This requires wisdom on our part.

  9. You have made some very good comments, David. Those were the points I was trying to get across in my short statement. God’s kingdom should be our first priority but we should not neglect our civil duty either. I liked what you said about rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s. The Old Testament is full of examples where God used pagan nations to serve His sovereign will. So we know that no matter what happens in this country it will serve His purpose. The church is the only voice that the world will hear about the truth of God’s word. We are the voice against abortion, for the institute of marriage, etc. Whether they listen or not is not the issue. We must be faithful to Him who leads us. We see today many churches compromising with the world by changing their teachings and accepting practices that are unbiblical. That is the saddest thing of all. I’m thankful for blogs like this where the truth is still proclaim.

  10. And I would add to that a comment that our brother Paul Washer made in a message on the sufficiency and glory of the Gospel of Christ. Commenting on being passionate for the kingdom of Christ, he mentioned the fact that all energy and heart employed in the kingdoms of this world, though it may be for much good and much outward conformity to the Law of God, all of it could be wiped away with one stroke of a pen upon paper.

    I thought that a good perspective. As an individual, I am a citizen of two kingdoms, as Pastor Charles wisely pointed out. Yet the focus of my labour should be upon that which will not fade away.

  11. No offense taken, Karla. My premise is the gathered church of Jesus Christ is to be concerned with truth. Politics is the art of compromise. When the church engages in politics — it will of necessity find it will have to compromise. I do not think an instance can be cited where that has not been proven true.

    Our Confession certainly teaches that a Christian, as a citizen, can be a politician (or a soldier, or a police officer). We have an elected official in our own church. Personally, I vote in every single election (the big and the small) — in fact — I work as an election official on election day for two reasons: 1) to do my civic duty 2) as another way to meet people in my local community. Election officials are not allowed to talk about politics on election day — but we can interact on a human level with the voters. I am allowed to tell people I am a pastor and even invite them to our church.

    But politics is politics — and it can be consuming. Some evangelicals have gone at it with the kind of ferver that we could only wish they would have toward spreading the gospel. When they bring that attitude into the gathered church the churches real mission is dilluted and sidetracked.

  12. I understand better now–thank you for clarifying, Mr. Marquedant (and the other commenters as well). I do agree that local church bodies should not be given over to politics, but to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that individual Christians should not place politics above Christ. I do see that that was the main point of your article. God bless, Karla

  13. I have to say, this site is not afraid to put heated issues on the table! 😀 I whole heartily agree that the sole purpose of the church is not with politics … though Calvin may argue differently in light of what he did (or at least attempted to do) in Geneva! But then again, it might have had to do with his views concerning church polity, which most baptists do not align with.

    Further it alarms me the extent some Christians will excuse their action of being active politically (and what I mean by this, is promoting political ideals rather than promoting the Gospel!) and do believe that the church has a stake in the secular govt. Even today, you’ll find some overzealous American Christians who will justify that the American Revolutionary War was a Biblically justified act (!) and hence will justify their own rebellion of the current govt by those same reasons. But in reality the root of that rebellion of the few, may I add (only 1/3 of the colonists were for the war while the other 2/3 were against it!), were based solely on the taxes England imposed on the colonies. Yes folks, the roots of that rebellion was due solely on money! Though it was God’s will that the colonies would eventually break away from Great Britain (after all it did come to pass, right?!), it does not justify anyone’s actions … nor should we called it as a “Biblically justified act”! Who ever believes that, should try reading up on Isaiah 10:5-19, how the Lord used the Assyrians to punish Israel and in turn punished the Assyrians for attacking Israel! 😀 Now does this make me “un-American” for warning against calling the Revolutionary War as a Biblically justified act? No, but I do think folks who do promote any war (apart from the wars recorded in Scriptures where the Lord specifically ordered Israel to attack) to be a “Biblically justified acts”, are breaking the 3rd Commandment — to avoid taking the Lord’s name in vain. Associating the Lord’s name (via the labeling of Biblically justified acts) to a war that the Lord God Himself did not explicitly state as a justifiable act, is not only arrogant but blasphemous!

    And then in the not so distant past, there’s the controversial Manhattan Declaration, where you’ll find even sound Christians among the signatories. While I can sympathize with the degradation of American ideals (which frankly is no surprise in light of the depravity of man), there are things about this document that I find troubling. What bothers me most about this document is to have the word “Gospel” in that document, watered down by a handful of moral laws, while among those in the signatories do not even remotely share the same convictions as we do concerning the Gospel! While the fight of the purity of marriage, the sanctity of life and family and of religious liberties are all moral causes, I don’t think we can afford to water down the Gospel by these few laws. The Gospel is more than just that. The heart of the Gospel involves the acknowledgment of sin that is in all men, the turning and repenting of those sins, the acknowledgment that Jesus is the only one that can atone for those sins, having died on the cross and rose on the third day. Not by our own volition/choices nor can our merits save us, but only by the grace of God that He alone empowers us to repent, believe and have faith in the Son he sent to died on the cross to deliver us from all unrighteousness. None of that is being said in the document, while mentioning the Gospel. While some will argue that it is not necessary to mention the heart of the Gospel in such a document for the sake of this cause (and political cause I may add!), it was advised that we should read this document through the lens of these few moral laws. That is fine if this document were to be a document kept among ourselves who understands the heart of the Gospel. But is it not what troubles this world, is the very fact that it lacks the understanding the Gospel?! So why would anyone who knows the Gospel sign a document that clearly obscures the Gospel?! This goes against the very purpose of the church, which is to CLEARLY proclaim the FULL Gospel. There is enough obscurity concerning the Gospel that is prevalent in this nation; why add another nail to the coffin? Does not even Satan use half truths to misled many?! And for what? For a few moral laws, we are willing to obscure the Gospel?! And this document is not a document merely for the eyes of those who know the Gospel … this is a public document, by which among the signatories have denied the FULL Gospel! True morality cannot be taught apart from the FULL Gospel. Such morality apart from the FULL Gospel is only a form of godliness but denying its power. I have no problem signing a document that will stand for a few moral laws, but keep the Gospel out of it if the heart of the Gospel is not presented.  If the heart of the Gospel cannot be presented, then don’t even mention the word “Gospel”, less we may be found guilty of having obscured it.

    Having said that, I did vote for Scott Brown. 😀 While I know that morally he does not align with my beliefs (who actually does who is in govt?!), he stood for other things like fiscal conservatism, traditional marriage, and that he would vote against Obamacare. I didn’t vote for him to prevent the govt from being productive nor to make the president’s life more difficult. I disagree with the current health care they are pushing for and wish that they would focus on more immediate needs like the economy (after all how do they expect to have any programs running when people can’t pay taxes because they don’t have jobs?! We can’t forever borrow from the Chinese). Now, it’s not to say that every Christian should agree with me, nor should they vote for the same people I did. 😀 Everyone has got their political convictions on how this country should be run and we should use our voting rights to have our voices heard. I for one was not happy with what was going on in DC … so I voted, hoping that their priorities would be changed. Let us give unto Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and give to God what is God’s. But when the rubber meets the road, God must always come first in all things. And the Lord has called the church to present the Gospel fully. This includes not obscuring the heart of the Gospel in exchange for a political cause (as moral as it may be!). The Lord did not call the church to preserve America the nation, nor its way of life. Frankly I think most American Christians are becoming a bit too comfortable in this world, in opposition to what Christ said about where our treasures should be (in heaven). Let’s be honest, we do want to have some kind of Utopia here on earth … but that’s a carnal desire, not a spiritual one. That wasn’t what the early Christians were thinking when they were putting their lives on the online for the preservation of the Gospel. America is NOT the new national Israel as some would have you believe. The kingdom that Jesus spoke of does not have a USA zip code. The Lord called us to present the full Gospel and to bare witness of it while here in this world. In fact the Lord states we will suffer for it. Doesn’t sound very much like a Utopia, does it?!

    “The world in its present form is passing away”, as Paul once stated. Kingdoms will come and go. Our foremost concerns as Christians should be the preservation of the FULL Gospel by which men’s souls are being kept for eternity. Let this be our mission and not get side tracked by what is temporal.

  14. Thank you so much for this insightful article.

  15. This has been a very stimulating article and one that I wish a lot of Christians could read. I’ve enjoyed all the input and the conclusions it has brought. Thanks Pastor Steve for your insight in this issue.

  16. I appreciate the article and the discussion that has followed. As was mentioned, no church as an institution should align itself officially with any political party. However, individual Christians are also citizens and it is natural (at this particular time at least) for us to find our values more in line with one of the political parties than with the other. Perhaps this was not the case fifty years ago, but it is now. This afternoon, I attended a public event associated with a certain conservative talk-show host and I noticed from conversations around me that many of those attending were Christians. This was not a surprise to me. I am concerned about my country, and one of the ways I can help it is to support the party that best represents my values as a citizen, which are informed by my Christian faith. Of course, I can “walk and chew gum at the same time,” so to speak, by recognizing that my primary concern as a Christian is the advance of the Gospel.

  17. It’s funny, my pastor earlier today sent an email out about a newsletter sent out by a reformed baptist stationed in Israel. He had noted how in this letter it speaks of the frequent witness that this reformed baptist minster and his friends are able to give in very difficult settings and compare that to the efforts we putting forth to witness for Christ in our land of freedom with little resistance or consequence to our witness. It’s an embarrassment and the churches of America are asleep at the wheel, concerned more of where this nation is going to, rather than be concerned of the many individual souls right around their neighborhood that are going to hell.

    My concern is that we are more concerned about where our country is going than we have concerns pertaining to eternity. If we even put in the fraction of our political zeal, into the Great commission and into utilizing God’s Word to apply into our own personal life to sanctify us through and through, maybe we would be witnesses to a revival. But the fact is, we are consumed of preserving our way of life … our life here in this earth, in this country, than we are with eternity. I’m not saying that we ignore basic needs, throw up our hands, not work and ignore our daily responsibilities. Nor should we ignore in protecting our families from the influence of this world (though I sure hope we’re using the Word of God to guard them rather than political/legislative means). Nor am I saying that we should stop voting and stop writing to our congressmen what our concerns are. God has blessed us with such luxuries and we should use it while we have it. But don’t ignore, nor fail to prioritize what is more pressing in light of eternity. Yes, some of us maybe don’t have jobs and taxes are going up and where are we going to find resources to pay bills and feed our children … and many of these issues are feeding into the anger of many Americans today. But what does Jesus say about these things? Did he say to look to the govt to provide that? No. He said to look to your Father in heaven to provide these things (Matt 6:25-34). How often we’ve read through that passage, and yet it seems to bring little impact to how we react to crisis! Instead, we go about blaming political parties or the govt and even the president for our problems. We are driven by anger rather than exercising our faith and looking to God for all of our needs. Have you given thought that maybe such crisis comes about to test us?! Do you not believe that all things happens under the careful watch and design by our Father in heaven, to test us if we truly believe in the words of Christ? Maybe such events should cause us to re-evaluate the things we value — are our eyes really fixated to eternity, or here on earth? Are we storing treasures for heaven or protecting what we have here on earth? We need to take stock of where our hearts are. We are more concerned about carnal things than spiritual things and our actions shows it. It certainly is much easier to blame external forces for the woes in our lives than to look into our own hearts and find fault there — even to find the lack of faith! All over the Bible, it points us to eternity and warns us to not forget it. Folks, our time line here on earth is just A DOT(!) compared to our time line in eternity. The devil wants us to loose that perspective and be side track by these worldly cares, to cause the churches to be uneffective for Jesus Christ. Yes, we are to be salt to this world, but we can only do so in the proclamation and living out the FULL Gospel and nothing short of it! Not by political means, but by CHANGED AND SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMED LIVES! This how we impact our society without ignoring eternity. Let us live as if the Lord is calling us to give account today… because technically He could call any of us today. And what then will be our answer? That we were concerned about where my country was heading to and that we wanted to preserve our rights, our privileges, our values in this country?!

    The Lord once said, “when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God.” This is very much true for many Christians in America today … we are a spoiled group of people compared to the rest of the world. We complain about preserving (or adding to) our rights and privileges as if we are deserving of it; as if it is our birth right. That is nonsense and unbiblical! We have no rights and privileges before God! Whatever privileges we may enjoy today is only granted by God alone, not because we are deserving of it(!), but only because it so pleased the Father! It might do us some good to loose some of these riches and privileges to wake us up and correct our perspective! And the Lord might have yet to take those physical blessings away if it so pleases Him for our own spiritual benefit (read Job)! After all, historically, the churches of Jesus Christ seem to prosper spiritually under persecution and with very little to live on. The luxuries that we have enjoyed for some time have caused us to forget that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Our war is not fought with physical armor but down on our knees in prayer, by the Word of God and the shield of faith! Fear not what can physically kill the body, take our property, our earnings and our 401k — but fear God who can take our life by a mere nod and send us to hell for eternity!

    As a side note, if you want to read a good commentary on the Manhattan Declaration, it can be found here.

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