One of the biggest lies the church has swallowed is that politics cannot legislate morality. Yet on the watch of the last two generations, politics has legislated prayer and Bible reading out of our schools, abortion into our clinics and, more recently, same sex marriage into our culture. Why was the church so lame and silent?
Haven't we learned that when the righteous abandon their responsibilities, the wicked move in?
Yes, the Bible says that we are in the world, but not of it. But Jesus commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15), and to be salt and light to the world (Matt. 5:13-14). Mind you, this is a direct commandment from the Creator of the universe Himself. So why separate religion or the gospel from politics? Politics is a part of the world.
The ever-increasing popular notion that the church is to have no part in politics is absurd. The notion that presidents don't need to be morally upright or spiritually minded is delusional.
Why don't you just vote for the village idiot then? Vote for the adulterer, the thug and the like. I've heard it many times already in this election—"we're not electing a pastor or a priest but a president!" And that lie keeps being repeated by robotic minds who are not thinking for themselves. This train of thought is so contradictory to Scripture and our nation's history. More on that later.
Would you want your surgeon working on your heart if you knew he had lawsuits against him for malpractice?
Would you want a banker handling your money if you knew he was a thief?
Would you want a baby sitter watching your children who had been charged with pedophilia?
Does character not count?
Then why was God's nation of Israel, when forming their own government, commanded to elect able men (yes, competence does matter, so don't accuse me of throwing that out), such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness (Ex. 18:21)? And be mindful that this was not the flow of authority for church government but for Israel's federal government. We've gotten that backward in the church, too. Now we know that God's practices in the New Testament have changed, but aren't His principles the same?
It's not that we're trying to make our government an entirely Christian government or make every elected official a Christian, but when given a choice, why would a Christian vote for an unrighteous candidate over a righteous one? Why are there still so many in the church who can't see this and continue to vote for unrighteousness?
This is the very reason we've had a horrible spiritual and moral deterioration in our nation for the last eight years. I salute my good friend Dr. Michael Brown for calling out those pathetic pastors for laying hands on Hillary Clinton ("Shame on the Pastors"), and praying blessing over her and declaring how God would anoint her and be a shield of protection for her.
How can these so-called pastors bless a candidate who calls good, evil and evil, good—who is an aggressive pro-abortionist and gay marriage activist, and who lies and cheats and kills? Why? And why do so many so called Christians continue to vote for such candidates of ill repute, election after election?
How many times must you vote for money over morals, competence over character, and party over principle?
I can hear the critics and their robotic babble now holding up their thou-shalt-not-judge card. Who are you to judge? In fact, I've been ordained by God to be a judge. Not just because I am a minister, but all God's saints have this honor (1 Cor. 6:2).
God Himself has set up judges. There's even an Old Testament book called the book of Judges where He did just that. How much more are we called to judge spiritual matters under the New Testament? This is another one of those lies that unlearned Christians pick up from the world.
Matthew 7:1 is the verse that these people always quote. When Jesus condemned judging, he wasn't implying we should never make judgments about anyone. After all, a few verses later, Jesus Himself calls certain people "pigs" and "dogs" (Matt 7:6) and "wolves in sheep's clothing" (7:15). Is He telling us not to do something He Himself did? No. What Jesus condemns is a critical and judgmental spirit, an unholy sense of superiority coming from those who are guilty of the same sin or offense.
Back to my theme on politics and morality and voting for righteousness.
Our earliest presidents and politicians were godly moral men. Our earliest pastors were involved and engaged in politics. There was an overlap of church and state, government and spirituality.
For example, did you know that 29 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were seminary graduates, and a large majority of the rest of them were committed Christian leaders who spoke boldly about their faith?
The progressives and our humanistic government officials would like us to believe that the framers of the Declaration of Independence were a bunch of secularists and so-called Deists, but it is such a distortion of history. The hijacking of our nation has resulted in many of these elements being removed from our history books.
Here are some quotes from early American presidents:
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."—George Washington
"The Bible is the sheet anchor of our liberties. Write its principles upon your heart and practice them in your lives."—Ulysses S. Grant
"All the food from the Savior of the world is communicated through this book. All the things desirable to man are contained in it."—Abraham Lincoln
Fellow Christians, please don't make the same mistake that many professing Christians made in the last election. Hear me now and hear me well: It was not the lost sinners who determined this president we now have, but it was the church that elected him and they are held accountable. And it shall be the same in this election.
God has taken note of those in the church who have stood in favor of abortion and gay marriage and they are responsible for the apostasy that continues to spread across this nation. They voted for the voice of the deceiver whose smooth words fooled them. Don't be fooled again. You see, when the church votes for those who favor these abominations, they are guilty of those abominations themselves.
God has been patient and merciful. Make sure you vote for righteousness this time around. As it was with the last election, so it is with this one. God has handed this upcoming election into the hands of the church.
And finally, whatever happens, our trust must be in God and in His kingdom. But as long as we can make an impact for righteousness in this world, we should and are called to do so.
Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing in our day. Cleansing the Temple is his most recent release. You can follow him personally on Facebook, his Facebook ministry page, or Twitter.
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