Christians And Politics

Many of us are concerned about the unrest, the loss of moral standards and the fiscal irresponsibility we see worldwide. Moral apathy and political corruption is escalating and few churches address this problem because of the fallacy about the real meaning of the separation of church and state.

In recent years there has been a rally of political interest and awareness and a refusal to accept this loss of values. A new appreciation for the gifts God has provided to our country has created a populous eager to learn what they can do to stop what has been occurring. They are demanding that school systems, text books, teachers, politicians, and elected officials act with integrity and become role models willing to fight for and uphold the Judeo/Christian values upon which this Republic was founded. They are encouraging their spiritual leaders to teach what scripture advises in protecting those values.

Scripture clearly and in many areas of the Bible tells us that we are to choose our elected officials carefully and choose only those who have godly values. For example, Exodus 18:21 warns, “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of ten.” And 11 Chronicles 19:5-7 tells us, “And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city. And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do; for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.”

As our populace has awakened to the insidious attack on godly values, the escalating level of Christian complacency has come to the forefront. Because of a lack of time and energy many have become negligent about learning the word of God, and teaching children about the values and principles upon which their country was founded.

Many now study the Constitution, many are working to learn the machinations of the political system, and many are learning what God says about this subject. Many are also trying to teach their children the value of freedom, especially the value of religious freedom. Many are concerned that religious complacency, coupled with political complacency will bring about the destruction of Christian values, and are aware that Hosea 4:6 addresses this end time complacency by saying: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge……”

Scripture also tell us that Satan is so subtle that he takes us by surprise and that we ourselves, through our lack of knowledge, allow him not only to exist but to prosper. Our personal lives, our children’s lives, and our country have been assaulted by evil. Because God’s words are no longer sought, many find themselves wondering what position God would want them to take as they attempt to reclaim what is being lost.

While scripture tells us to be careful about whom we choose to govern us and that Godly values must be in the heart of those we choose, it is up to us to learn about those we elect to any office and to choose not by party lines, but by principles. We must understand that if Biblical values are lost, so are mankind’s ability to identify the lies and rhetoric similar to those told by Satan to trap Eve. “Are you sure God meant……..Surely it’s okay if you……”

Loss can jolt us out of complacency. As we realize what we have already lost, and what we may still lose, we begin to understand the importance of the principles taught in scripture. It is the tiniest tweaking, the tiniest perversion of God’s words that brings confusion. Confusion begets doubt which begets indecision and leads to the complacency that allows and encourages evil. Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Political agendas and the corruption used to attain personal goals are a part of the loss of Christian values and something that Christians must not only consider but must also take responsibility for. Church leaders understand that Satan wants man to harm man by destroying faith and that he works to accomplish this goal through a variety of arenas. But we seldom teach that one of these venues is our political system.

It is through our political system that the parameters of behavior are defined in terms of our laws and trickle down into what our children learn. Recent examination of our children’s textbooks has shown that they have been changed to omit references to God, scripture, the Judeo/Christian values upon which this country was founded, and that they misrepresent the meaning of many of the tenets of our Constitution. The few who work to destroy these principles in schools, government, churches, the press, and books that indoctrinate our children are far outnumbered, yet they are winning. Their power comes from Satan and goes forth easily because we have not fought back.

Truly loving God requires that we learn His words and that we act on them. Without this foundation we don’t know what to do and can only hide behind fear and indecision. We allow the perversion of the words “separation of church and state”, which Satan loves to hear, to take place. We become politically complacent.

Thus, as spiritual warfare engages us every day of our lives and seeks to engage our children, it is vitally important to learn what arenas we need to protect. God wants us to be aware of this, to watch, and to protect and cherish our faith, and the Biblical values upon which our country was founded. Christians have to stand up for those gifts and cling to these liberties even if they are lost to the world. And if or when these are lost to the world, we have to keep these truths in our family circles and in our children’s hearts.

But for now, we still have the opportunity to fight for our faith and values, and the beauty of our God-given Constitution. It is not too late. The Apostles of the early church are an example of fighting to engage others in following the word of God, in teaching that word and in encouraging and developing the unity of purpose so necessary to the survival of Christianity.

If we carefully examine those we elect to political office and require the qualities scripture suggests, we can fight against the destruction of our individual right to pray, the bias our children receive as education, a dishonest press, and a government filled with corruption. These provide Satan with a huge platform from which to work and sadly it is our complacency that has allowed, even encouraged this to take place.

Satan is subtle and patient and loves our lack of interest. However, the incredible Christian energy that has surfaced recently is God’s way of giving us a second chance. We can still win this battle if we act. Not knowing what to do is no longer an excuse. There are hundreds of organizations comprised of moms, dads, neighbors, college students, retirees, even children who want to learn, are willing to teach one another, and will support one another in the goal to take back their country and place into it the Christian values our forefathers espoused.

This is a matter of principles, not party lines….it is a matter of helping one another demand personal values and religious conviction in our elected officials, not a matter of telling anyone who to vote for or what party to espouse. The important issue of principles and Christian values in every facet of our life and in the well being of our country is something that even our churches and ministers, our youth leaders and Bible study groups should address with courage and conviction.

Christ fought and died for us. God fought and sacrificed for us. Isn’t it time we fought and sacrificed to retain the gifts God gave us, the gifts of liberty and freedom that our country received because we based its foundation on Godly principles? Christians and politics do mix and it is our Christian duty to serve our country by fighting for its Christian principles.

(For more information on this subject see the following articles on “The New Black Robed Regiment” and “Collective Redemption”.)

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