“And thou shall speak my words unto them. Whether they will hear, or whether they will forebear; for they are most rebellious” (Ezekiel 2:7).
I am heartbroken when I look at our personal and national doctrines, especially in the midst of the current political cycle, they do not match-up in the most significant ways and places. The doctrine of God, the doctrine of Jesus, the doctrine of salvation, they are all different. When we violate the principles of heaven as people or nations, it is not only God and His honor that suffer—we suffer. Christians must either stand upon the moral authority and total truthfulness of the Word of God (The Holy Bible), or we will inevitably “cave-in” to the popular and secular world views that dominate the modern Church and Christian lifestyle.
It is often said “If you want to start an argument bring up the subject of religion and-or politics,” oh how true that statement is today. Well, here goes, I am going to mix the two here on this Blog as it seems to be par for the course in the current political discourse. For those of you who may not be aware the nation has entered the first phase of another presidential election cycle and the politicians are at it again. This time with a twist, most of the fighting is within the party that is determined to regain what it feels it has lost or capture what it desires most, control of the day-to-day life of the average citizen.
I believe the core of this pugilistic exercise is a result of the nation as a whole having forsaken the godly principles so deeply ingrained in its psyche before and after July 4, 1776 when the founders declared their colonial independence. Most importantly the founders declared themselves “to be self-evident” and “endowed by their Creator” with clear intent to establish a reference and reverence to God the Creator. Today’s Christian politicians and office holders, as well as, voters who place them in these positions seem to share a different declaration, an insane declaration of independence from the moral authority of God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6). Regardless of what the pundits and naysayers may tell you, America is a nation founded upon Christian principles by men of various religious denominations and affiliations. This is, or was at one time, a faith-based nation, the foundation remains strong but the pillars are weaker than ever. Declaring oneself independent suggest that you can go it alone, and few things are farther from the truth. Attempting to please me, you or others begs the question, will my actions please God?
Political activists and non-religious zealots by way of political action and civil objections have effectively removed God from the schoolhouse, courthouse and soon your house. This is not the first and certainly will not be the last country to remove God as the central unifying figure for the majority of its members. King David in Psalm 2:10-12 warns; “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Removing God and His word from your life under any circumstance or condition is a most regrettable action for a professed believer or Christian nation, you just cannot do it and prosper.
The Word of God is energized by the Spirit of God and the Spirit lives in the hearts of the people of God. Whenever the Word of God has gone forth, it has never returned without accomplishing the work it was intended to do. Why? Because the written Word of God is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” As we minister to others, politics aside, we must never forget that it is the Word which is alive, not our own insights, clever arguments, or interesting stories. “I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). The Holy Bible must be central to all that we say and do.
There are Christian Americans and non-Christian Americans. Why so few Christian politicians? Someone asked at a political rally. Because when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are no longer free to continue living as we did in the world. Our affections and activities must change to reflect the God whom we serve. Unfortunately, this is not always the reality for public office holders obsessed with self-interest and beholding to special-interest. The Gospel of Jesus Our Christ illustrates that selfishness produces conflict, but humility produces submission to God. Selfishness is at the core of all political debate and conflict. Whenever two parties want different things—and neither is willing to sacrifice for the sake of the other—conflict arises.
Selfishness is the cause of war, crime, and interpersonal conflict when we look out for ourselves and overlook our fellow-man. Some may think they can get what they want from life this way, however, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior teaches that humility, not selfishness, results in satisfaction in life. Promote yourself and strife and conflict result, even God will be against you. But live in humility and wars and conflict stop, assuming all parties take part, and the Lord will lift you up. Praise the Lord because He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble: “Make a joyful shout to the Lord.” Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Proof Of Salvation (pastorron7.wordpress.com)