Politics and the Church II

24 01 2007

Politics and the Church Part II

In the history of the world, there has not been another country quite as unique as America in its foundation. While most nations have a state religion, or are strongly atheistic, or at best strictly secular, we are founded on Christian principles. Our nation was given the freedom to worship without governmental interference. We have “In God We Trust” on our money, the President is sworn into office with his right hand on the Bible, Congressional sessions are opened in prayer, our founding documents are opened in prayer, and our founding documents are peppered with references to God. A government in which it has been easy to submit has spoiled Christians. We preach Romans 13:1 with conviction!

Would it be quite as easy if you were a Christian in Red China, Saudi Arabia, even as Paul in Rome? Yet all were commanded to submit. No matter what the government, we are to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. Many ministries focus on bringing America back to God. That’s okay, but we must remember that most countries in world history cannot do that, because they never started with Him! We may nostalgically look at ” the good old days”, but we must also not lose sight of a Biblical truth – we are called to be lights in a dark world, not warriors in a high stakes chess match called “politics”.

We are facing the “last days” when “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” (I Timothy 3:13). Our government will not become more Christian, but less – guaranteed. Why are we so surprised that it is happening? Our government may become just as corrupt as that of Rome; yet look at Jesus’ advice (Matthew 22:21), and Paul’s (Romans 13:1-7). In our attempt to bring morality back to government, we have neglected to bring salvation to the lost! We are frustrated because morality is getting worse, yet we put our hope in the next election, the next Supreme Court justice, or the next president. The answer is not in the White House; it is in God’s house! Political rhetoric and saber rattling deviates from our Christ-given mission.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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