For the better part of my writing life, I’ve avoided writing on topics of politics. I’ve long-held my role is to disciple and encourage those in the faith, not to get involved with politics. I’ve recently changed my view on this, and will attempt to share the basis of it for the benefit of anyone who might be wrestling with the same tension.
1. Why Avoid Politics?
To start, why did I ever feel compelled to avoid writing on politics? Well, there are an abundance of reasons, Biblical and otherwise. To keep things simple, I’ve narrowed it down to just two major Biblical themes: submission and pacifism. Instruction through the following Scripture overwhelms me with conviction to submit to authorities, and to seek to make peace. It is the basis and foundation for how I choose to interact with each and every person, a rich part of my identity. This is unchanging.
We are called to submit to government authority. The Scripture illuminates at least the following two broad concepts:
- In doing what is right (obedience to authority), we earn favor and avoid punishment
- God Himself is the ultimate authority, and Himself appoints rulers. In serving and obeying our authorities, we are obeying God.
Romans 13:1-5 –
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
1 Peter 2:13-17 –
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
Titus 3:1 –
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good.
The New Testament is chalked full of instruction to seek peace, to do good not evil, and to suffer for righteousness’ sake. The Scripture is quite compelling, we cannot dismiss the instruction. And yet, we find Christians often polarized on the subject of Pacifism. Should we be pacifistic? Well, we aren’t going to dive fully into what the Scripture teaches us about Pacifism in this post (we’ll save that for Hard Things: Chapter 2, “How pacifistic should we be?”). Today, we’ll address the role Pacifism plays just in political conversations, as the two are tightly coupled and offer contentious debate among believers on both ends of the spectrum.
For now, refresh yourself on how these verses play out in your life. What does this tell you about our role in the world?
Matthew 5:9-12 –
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:38-48 –
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.“
Matthew 26:52-54 –
‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’
Romans 12:17-21 –
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
1 Peter 3:8-7 –
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’ Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
2. Why Engage in Politics?
Given all of the above, how do we even begin to reconcile our call to be peacemakers? Let’s start by separating what I believe to be two different issues:
- Political Conversation
- Political Action
a. Political Conversation
Through conversation, we (by order of increasing engagement) share what we believe, debate policies, join groups of like-minded ideologists, participate in demonstrations, sign petitions, financially contribute to policy initiatives, create petitions, and perhaps even lead groups in support of a given policy. I’d consider all of this acceptable for us as believers, contrasted against our encouragement to submit to authority and make peace. In just a moment, I’ll explain why I believe this, and why it is up to each and every person to assess for themselves what is acceptable for them to engage with.
b. Political Action
I’ll define “Action” as physically intervening with an authority and/or group. The most extreme form of political action is rebellion against one’s government. The most clear example we have of this is the American Revolution. Tens of thousands of British men and women took up arms against their government to fight for what they believed is right — and in so doing formed a new country, becoming themselves the first Americans. As Americans, we celebrate our history with pride and patriotism. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry are our heroes. Considering their revolution against the backdrop of the aforementioned Scriptures, how do we reconcile our founding Fathers’ actions? I’ll tackle that in Hard Things: Chapter 3, “Founding Fathers, Libertarianism, and Pacifism.”
For today, we’re going to focus on engaging in political conversation. I’ll provide a Scriptural and Historical basis for you to consider why you should take part in the political conversation of our day.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
2 Timothy 1: 7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Our faith is nothing if not accompanied by some action. We were not given power to sit idly, but to be victorious. We’ve been given a light for others to see it, to help them see. In what ways are we helping others around us see?
America was founded on Christian principles. Many of you are at minimum aware of our founding fathers’ faith and reliance upon Christian principles (I recognize, some people debate this). Regardless of what you may or may not know or believe about our founders, evidence of Christianity as a building block of our country is overwhelming. (If you want to dig deeper into our founding fathers’ Judeo-Christian beliefs, checkout Wall Builders — Founder David Barton has put together the world’s largest private collection of original founding era documents and artifacts).
One of the best ways to trace the impact Christianity has had on our country is to review Supreme Court judgments on matters of religion and morality. We can see how publicly and unashamedly our Supreme Court Justices have been in upholding Christianity as the foundation of our country through a few of the following cases:
1844, Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 43 U.S. 126,132.
Decision: disallow Deist school because it wasn’t in alignment with Christian values
Christianity…is not to be maliciously and openly reviled and blasphemed against, to the annoyance of believers or the injury of the public…It is unnecessary for us, however, to consider the establishment of a school or college, for the propagation of…Deism, or any other form of infidelity. Such a case is not to be presumed to exist in a Christian country…Why may not laymen instruct in the general principles of Christianity as well as ecclesiastics…And we cannot overlook the blessings, which such [lay] men by their conduct, as well as their instructions, may, nay must, impart to their youthful pupils. Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [school] — its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained and its glorious principles of morality inculcated?…Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament? It is also said, and truly, that the Christian religion is a part of the common law of Pennsylvania.
1890, The United States v. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. United States, 136 U.S.
Decision: disallow polygamy because it wasn’t in alignment with Christian values
It is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world.
1892, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States
Decision: Christianity plays a central role in American political institutions and traditions
Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.
No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…
…’We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions…And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.’
We find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth…because of a general recognition of this truth [that we are a Christian nation], the question has seldom been presented to the courts…
There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people.
While because of a general recognition of this truth the question has seldom been presented to the courts, yet we find that in Updegraph v. the Commonwealth, it was decided that, Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law…not Christianity with an established church…but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men…
…These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation…we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth.
The happiness of a people and the good order and preservation of civil government essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality.
Religion, morality, and knowledge [are] necessary to good government, the preservation of liberty, and the happiness of mankind.
1948, McCollum v. Board of Education
Decision: Christianity plays a central role in American political institutions and traditions
Traditionally, organized education in the Western world was Church education. It could hardly be otherwise when the education of children was primarily study of the Word and the ways of God. Even in the Protestant countries, where there was a less close identification of Church and State, the basis of education was largely the Bible, and its chief purpose inculcation of piety.
1952, Zorach v. Clauson
Decision: The purpose of the First Amendment is merely to prohibit the establishment of an official national church. The Founding Fathers were not trying to prohibit the federal government from supporting religious institutions, promoting a reverence for God, or even favoring Christianity over other religious faiths.
The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every respect there shall be a separation of Church and State. Rather, it studiously defines the manner, the specific ways, in which there shall be no concert or union or dependency one on the other. That is the common sense of the matter. Otherwise the state and religion would be aliens to each other — hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly.
1954, Senate Joint Resolution 126
Decision: Add “Under God” to pledge of allegiance
- The U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and President signed a bill adding”Under God” to our pledge of allegiance (..one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all).
1956, Public Law 84-851, 70 STAT 732
Decision: Make “In God we Trust” America’s official motto
- The U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and President signed a bill making “In God we Trust” our countries official motto. As a part of the law, it became required to print the motto on all paper currency
You see, dating back to our founders, and through all branches of government (Judicial, Legislative and Executive), we’ve been a country publicly and demonstrably based on Christian values. This would not be if Christian men did not advocate for Christian principles within our government. The act of advocating for a principle in our government is what we’ve come to think of as politics. Should Christian men abstain from participation in the political system, the political system will become that of a non-Christian world. If you abstain from involvement in our political system, you should not expect the political system to be representative of your beliefs.
From the revolution through the 1950s, we’ve had a rich history of American Christian heroes who have with great perseverance established faith and religion in every element of our country. These men were not ashamed of their faith. They did not attempt to separate faith from their work nor from government. On the contrary, they with great zeal and conviction proclaimed the victory that is Jesus Christ and were unrelenting and unwavering in their advocacy for Christian principles at every layer of our government and country.
But in 1962, all that began to change (formally), and it hasn’t been the same since then. Most of us have grown up in a new country where religion is very separate from state. There are two major things that have resulted in the decline of morality and religion in our country, our government, and thus, in our communities.
1. The Great Depression and WWII
Before we dig into the 1962 event, let’s go back in time to better understand some of the events that setup our country to accept a decline in morality.
Prior to the Great Depression of 1929, America was still predominately a decentralized country. The role of the federal government was limited and states held most the power (meaning power was closer to the people governed by it, more decentralized). Once the Great Depression hit, the people were so tragically affected, they were willing to give up their rights to the government so that the government could fix it. Thus, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his first of four terms in 1933. FDR’s campaign platform was the experimental New Deal program, which ushered in Social Security, heavier taxes on the wealthy, new controls over banks and public utilities, and an enormous work relief program for the unemployed. By the 1940’s, still under FDR’s presidency and well into WWII, the United States incurred the highest ratio of deficit spend (compared to GDP) in it’s history.
This is the first example in American history where fear resulted in the surrender of freedom to a more centralized government. Since then, the government has only grown more centralized each and every decade. That is to say, we the people have never been return the power we gave the government in the 1930’s. Thus the following quote from John Adams (1775) began to ring true for America:
When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.
The people gave their freedom, and FDR gave the people a taste of socialism.The following quote (often attributed to Alexander Tytler, but debated) describes the life-cycle of a democracy:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse [generous gifts] from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.
Following our American history, it’s not hard to see how we might be following this cycle, and it’s quite alarming. If the cycle continues, where will we be in 20-30 years? Now is the time to do something about it.
2. American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU, known for backing left-wing social agendas in landmark Supreme Court cases, was founded by a group of folks in 1920. Roger Nash Baldwin, one of the co-founders and it’s primary leader for the first 30 years, was for a self-proclaimed communist. In 1935 he was quoted:
I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself… I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.
In 1931 a U.S. Special House Committe concluded the following about the ACLU:
The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90 percent of its efforts are on behalf of communists who have come into conflict with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press and free assembly, but it is quite apparent that the main function of the ACLU is an attempt to protect the communists.
Roger and the ACLU made big moves at the onset of the Second Red Scare to change the image of the ACLU as being tied to communism. Despite publicly denouncing communism, the ACLU continued to serve as a front for communist efforts, and has since been found guilty of doing so by state legislatures (including California, 1943).
From the get-go, the ACLU’s foundations were in support of deconstructing American Liberty (ironically, in contrast to their name “American Civil Liberties”). Beyond their communist origins, they’ve been behind the movement to remove church, faith, and religion from America since the 1950s.
Here’s a few of the causes the ACLU stands for, by way of the Supreme Court Cases they’ve represented:
- Promotion of Child Pornography
- Censoring God, faith, prayer, etc.
- Promotion of Abortion
- Promotion of Same Sex Marriage
- Promotion of Polygamy
- Promotion of Terrorist Rights
In 2019 alone, the ACLU pulled in $300M which they’ve leveraged to push forward causes like these. Because of their massive financial arm, they’ve been effective at litigating on behalf of their causes. They began especially getting momentum in the 1960s. Check out these Supreme Court decisions that were fronted by the ACLU:
1962 Engel v. Vitale
Decision: Made it illegal to pray in public New York schools on the grounds of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment; effectively, censors faith and religion
1963 Abingdon School District v. Schempp
Decision: Made it illegal to have the Bible in public Pennsylvania schools on the grounds of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment; effectively, censors faith and religion
1964 Jacobellis v. Ohio
Decision: Made it illegal for the state of Ohio to censor obscene content; effectively, promoting pornography
1968 Epperson v. Arkansas
Decision: Struck down an Arkansas state law forbidding the teaching of evolution (in favor of Creationism) on the grounds of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment; effectively, censors faith and religion
1969 Brandenburg v. Ohio
Decision: Made illegal an Ohio law prohibiting KKK activity on the basis of the 1st Amendment; effectively, protects terrorist activities
1973 Roe v. Wade
Decision: Makes illegal a Texas law prohibiting abortion on the basis of the 14th amendment; effectively, makes it legal to have an abortion
1978 Smith v. Collin
Decision: Makes it illegal for an Illinois state to prohibit a Nazi march in a given town on the basis of the 1st amendment; effectively, protects terrorist activities
1985 Wallace v. Jaffree
Decision: Makes it illegal for Alabama schools to have a moment of silence and voluntary prayer on the grounds of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment; effectively, censors faith and religion
1992 Lee v. Weisman
Decision: Makes it illegal to invite religious individuals to pray at public school events on the grounds of the Establishment Claus of the 1st amendment; effectively, censors faith and religion
1996 Romer v. Evans
Decision: Declares amendment in Colorado’s Constitution illegal, which had prevented state/local authorities from enacting gay rights laws, on the basis of the 1st amendment; effectively, promotes gay rights
And the list goes on! I haven’t time to cite every case the ACLU has been behind, but I encourage you to take a look. As we review these cases, we see a theme of censoring God, and a theme of leveraging the 1st amendment to rescind religion/morality in promotion of left-wing agendas that contrast our faith and beliefs.
I was born in 1988, so I’ve only ever known a world where it is not permissible for government authorities to promote faith. But I’ve come to learn this is only a recent change. Prior to the 1960’s, we were a Bible thumping, Christ professing nation. What happened? How did we lose a grip on morality so quickly? We won’t dig into that today, but perhaps we will in Hard Things: Chapter 4 “The Decline of American Morality”.
3. Dishonorable mention: Planned Parenthood
For brevity, we won’t dive into planned parenthood today, but I encourage you to review the history of planned parenthood, specifically of it’s founder Margaret Sanger and of her motives (it’s quite sickening why she wanted to promote contraceptives so much). Planned Parenthood has received massive federal funding, and has been on of the largest drivers and supporters for abortion. Our tax dollars have gone to funding abortions, and we don’t have a choice over that matter. Your hard-earned income is supporting the death of innocent babies.
With a little Scripture and history lesson behind us, let’s get back to our role as believers in the political conversation. In the last 58 years, we’ve seen a brute-force attack on morality. We are no longer the Christian nation we used to be. The barrage will continue. The 1st amendment will continue to be used to propitiate lawlessness and immorality. Ironically though, there’s a constant push for more centralized federal control, which is antithetical to aspects of the 1st amendment not pertaining to free speech or the Establishment Clause. So, our 1st amendment is being used against us to increase immorality, but being ignored as it relates to protecting our civil liberties that do pertain to civil and religious liberties, in return for an increase in government control.
As I study how quickly we’ve gone from Nation Under God (newly minted in 1954) to where we are today, it’s not hard to imagine the rapid demoralization we will continue to experience over the next few decades. Knowing that my grandparents were raised in a nation where the Bible and prayer were still in schools, I imagine what our country will be like for my grandchildren. At our current pace, the optics don’t look good, barring some massive change.
I’ve seen a lot of reasons from folks on why not to get involved in politics, such as:
- “It’s not for me to get involved in politics, I’ll leave that to the experts”
- “We’re not really a Christian nation — we have separation of church and state — I don’t expect to legislate morality”
- “We are called to submit to government authority”
- “What can one person really do?”
- “What good does writing or ranting about frustrations do, we should be uplifting people.”
- “I trust my elected officials to do what’s right”
- “I should be showing love to the community — people should see Jesus in me”
Well let me tell you friends, there is an active war going on right now, and you’re smack dub in the middle of it. If you take to heart James 1:27 at all, you should be sickened at how your tax dollars are funding the murder of innocent lives. And you, yes you, are responsible for that. And so am I. I’ll tell you what has happened in our country: too many good men have sat silent for too long. In other words:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing
Well while you and I are sitting here debating whether or not we can legislate morality, unbelievers are out there funding ACLU and Planned Parenthood and let me tell you: they are aggressively legislating immorality, and doing it with your tax dollars. It’s taken only one generation to undo our Christian nation. What will happen in the span of your life? What kind of country will you have left for your grandchildren?
The impact of one voice
Your voice matters, it’s needed more than ever, and I’ll tell you why.
Most people have come to believe they really can’t make a difference by sharing what they believe. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In a Democratic Republic (of which, we are), the government derives power from it’s citizens. How do citizens begin rallying for a given cause? Every movement ever established starts with one person. And at the onset, that one person appears to be an extremist. But they are consistent. They share their belief adamantly. They do this often enough, and create enough awareness, that others begin to understand their cause, and they begin to share it. Each new person that begins to understand the importance of the cause shares about it, and more people are made aware. Eventually, if this cause is to make history, it becomes so large and overwhelming, that it makes its way into Congress and/or the Supreme Court. And that first person who cared about the cause might not ever be known or attributed with starting the movement, nor may they ever realize their impact.
I like to call this the ‘pendulum effect’. Early adopters of a given cause are at the tip of a pendulum. As the pendulum swings, they continue to be at the edge, but as others come along. What was once extreme is now normalized. And the pendulum keeps swinging. This is how human history is written. This is the nature of sociology. We’re fortunate that we live in a Republic where, if that movement gains traction, it has the possibility of being written into law.
Right now, the pendulum is swinging in the direction of immorality. It started with rescinding Bibles in school, then prayer, and seeped into legalizing same-sex marriage, abortion, and the likes. The pendulum continues to swing. In addition, the desire for government provided quality of life is increasing among our population, extending more and more centralization of government. One little thing today may not seem like a big deal to you, but the pendulum will only continue to swing.
We’ve done very little as a Christian group of people to combat the swing. We’ve been silenced by the notion that we should simply love and turn our cheek. Consider this, how does a demon react when you proclaim the power of Jesus? It turns and flees. It doesn’t feel love from you, it feels terror. As Christians, when we lead forward with the power of the Holy Spirit given us, we strike terror and fear into the hearts of evil men. Not everyone will see the love inside of you that exists, that is the driver behind your advocacy. I so boldly submit to you that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and given a sound mind not to sit in silence, but to prayerfully consider the commandments the Lord has impressed upon us, and prayerfully take action to fight for righteousness and morality.
May we be so bold and confident to begin swinging the pendulum in the direction of morality.
Your voice matters.
The Great Commission
I do so boldly submit to you that simply stating your beliefs, advocating for your beliefs, and encouraging others to advocate for their similar beliefs is not in violation of our calling to submit to authorities nor to seek to make peace. On the contrary, we are called to go out and make disciples of men, to teach, and to educate. We are called to create awareness about the Kingdom of God
Matthew 28:18-20 –
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Father, we do so humbly submit ourselves to You, and seek your wisdom and guidance. We pray for our country, that you may restore the faith we once had as a nation. We ask that you reveal to each of us how we may serve you and your Kingdom as you work to restore America to it’s faith-based origin. We thank you that we live in a land where we may worship you freely and abundantly. Amen.