November 5, 2010
Buona sera. Yesterday, I told you that I had one or two more political articles in me. Looks like this is the last one for a while.
I'm going to try to cover two points here, so try to keep up, OK?
I've taken some heat from people for saying that Christians need to be involved in the political process. (For that matter, in American, anyone can be involved in the political process. I just happen to be a Bible-believing Christian.) The foundations of America are based on Christian principles. To those people who say that Christians should be more occupied with leading lost souls to Christ and ignoring the political process, I say, rubbish! Were our founders apostates, or misguided, or foolish because they put their Christian principles into action to form and govern this nation? It was their work that gave you the freedoms that you have right now to practice your religion, and now you want to stay out of it? Christians are called to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth( Matthew 5.13-16). We are to be witnesses and influences in our daily jobs, and I cannot see any reason to stay out of the political process. In fact, it is very important to be involved so we can keep our freedoms.
It has been rightly said (sorry, I cannot cite my source) that if we do not become involved in our government, someone else will make our decisions for us. Richard Wurmbrand's book Tortured for Christ tells about his personal experiences being tortured in atheist-governed Romania simply because he is a Christian. What would have happened in Romania and other atheist-led countries if true Christians had been involved in the political process? Things would probably have been very different. In America, many of our freedoms are being threatened. We had better make sure that we keep them!
Now, the other bit. A few months ago, I wrote an article about our efforts to fill the void in our lives with all sorts of other things, but we still yearn for Christ. One of the things I mentioned is that American liberalism has all sorts of trappings for a religion in and of itself. It is an idol that leftists bow down and worship; they have replaced the true God.
Now that America seems on the road to recovery, and Constitutional, Conservative values are being brought forth again, I have another caution for you: Politics will not save you. I don't care if you're Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal or whatever, your eternal destiny is not decided in the voting booth. Sure, we can "save" the country through proper values and legislation, but we cannot make politics (or Conservatism) into a religion! The US Constitution is an exceptional document, but it cannot replace the Bible.
Christians have to be about the business of presenting the true Gospel, leading people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, to repentance of sin, to faith in Christ alone for personal salvation. And all of those saved, Spirit-filled, Bible-believing Christians can be practicing Constitutional principles to keep America strong, capice?
That's right, I'm making more work for you believers. Present the Gospel and be involved in the political process. Have an impact on people in your daily lives, in your school, in your family, in your workplace, in the voting booth, in your elected office and everywhere else. Let Jesus be the Lord of your own life and help bring the nation back to God (2 Chronicles 7.14).