Today we see our president and national leader reaching out to Muslims around the world and increasingly distancing America from Israel, a move that every sincere Bible believing Christian knows is dangerous on many levels, especially spiritually. If Pastors and Christians fail to speak out now and confront those policies with action (that involves politics), America will be irretrievably lost and with her, the greatest missionary sending nation in the history of the world. In the book, “America Alone”, the author Mark Stein makes the case that America is the last beacon of light and freedom in the world…and you best believe Satan and his minions are well aware of this. As we allow government to grow in power and scope, we are losing that freedom that so many of our forefathers fought and died for.
Western Europe, which is now dying systemically under the weight of its welfare socialist state, where people long ago gave up personal freedoms for government provisions, sustained its enormous appetite for free everything, only because the United States funded the military safety net of the West. While the Europeans were handing out free healthcare, four-day work weeks, fourteen month’s pay for twelve month’s work, extending paid leave, holidays and vacations, the United States was providing protection as the world’s police force. Now Western European nations are defaulting on loans and being invaded by radical Islam which has always had the goal of world conquest, dating back to times of Mohammed. Islam is winning and only America retains the means to stop them, but not for long if we fail to wake up. How many wake-up calls before it is too late?
It is not prayer that we need, but God! If we do not know the God of 2 Chronicles 7:14, nor adhere to His unchanging laws, then all the prayers in the world will not save America. During a recent past campaign for the office of president the candidate with his Pastor’s Black Marxist propaganda that he listened to for more than 20 years, when questioned about these sermons claimed he never heard such rhetoric. Either most Christians are not listening to their pastors or their pastors are engaged in rewriting the Bible. Not until ‘Pastor’ Wright’s infamous pronouncement, “Not God Bless America, but God Damn America”, was aired repeatedly on national television, did the candidate decide it was time to leave this church…but the sermon had its impact on the office of the presidency. That president almost ceased attending any church services at all. This president took it upon himself to apologize to the world, making it infinitely clear that ours is not a ‘Christian’ nation, but rather a secular country where we have one of the largest Muslim populations on earth.
If America is to survive, we must learn from our history and the history taught us by lessons in the Bible. It took a French historian, Alexis de Toqueville, to briefly outline the greatness of America. The truth it contains is for all practical purposes indisputable:
” In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. In the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits, aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Dr. Adrian Rogers, before he died, often reminded his listeners, “God is America’s greatest hope…He is also America’s greatest threat.” America is in grave danger, but God has a plan for her renewal, and He has given the power for that renewal to the Pastors of America. America’s Pastors, like no other class of leaders, have the opportunity to turn the soul of America back to God. It will not come from the pastors of large churches who on a syndicated television show…Larry King Live…did not have the fortitude to say that Jesus is the only way to heaven. The strength will come through courageous pastors in churches large and mostly small, who will stand up courageously every day and say,” thus saith the Lord,” and never deny His infallible Word. Men like Paul and Silas, have only one agenda, the advancement of God’s Truth, regardless of the consequences. The story of their visit to Philippi contains the greatest defense of mixing church and state. Paul and Silas were not politically driven; they were not politically correct. In today’s culture, people are viewed as commodities and not as a soul to be rescued. Pre-born babies are dubbed fetuses to be destroyed by abortionists who pervert their skills of healing into skills and instruments of killing. Full-term babies are being eliminated through a procedure known as partial-birth abortion, and the babies’ organs are sometimes ‘harvested’ for sale or experimentation. When was the last time you heard in the pulpit of your church that abortion is sin and murder? What about same sex marriage being sin? We cannot avoid politics in our society. They set the rules for what is allowed and what is not allowed. Church leadership must act without regard to being ‘politically correct’.
While I look forward to getting back into world situations that involve the liberal/progressive/communist threat, I have hit upon a Biblical approach to politics that cannot just be dismissed. While Paul and Silas were not politicians, they certainly did not shy away from political subjects when discussing the Word of God. To them the subjects were too related. Thus, next week I will continue to look at these two church leaders who said what needed to be said when it was time to say it. They were neither politically connected, dependent, or ignorant. Their willingness to speak when needed was a foundation that God’s church needed. That foundation is exemplified by the church in Philippi. But that is for next week.
I would like to wish all the readers of “Politics and the Church” a very Merry Christmas! May we never forget the calling we received when Jesus was born and remember the beauty He has in store for us if only we will receive. Beauty is not in stuff, but in a life of time well spent in serving others. When we can wake up each morning looking forward to the day and the challenges it will bring, only then can we find the beauty that awaits us. There is no honor greater than being able to serve others.
“The only way to separate the church from the state is to prevent Christians from participating, and you can rest assured that is the true agenda of the secularists in our society.” Rick Scarborough