Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Case for Christians in Government

The good people of this country have really let this country down. We’ve let pop culture, drive our culture in the ground.
And I’ve stood by and watched it, shook my head and wondered why
Nobody’s putting up a fight
– “From Here on Out” by The Right Brothers.

This is the point we are at today. For too long Christians have just stood by and watched our nation turn further and further away from God. If we continue this trend, we will arrive at a god-less America, and the results of that are dangerous. Societal conditioning has taught us for decades that Christians do not belong in the decision making of this country because of the “separation of church and state” phrase that is so prominent today.

In addition, many Christians have stayed out of politics because of peer pressure and being told that they can’t change the outcome, so their involvement doesn’t matter. We have been indoctrinated to believe that there is no biblical basis for Christians in government. All of these allegations against Christians in government are false. We do have an important job to do in our government and we are the only people that can get it done.

When I am asked the question, “what do you want to do when you “grow up”?” I respond, “I’ll be somewhere in politics.” The reaction I receive is always priceless. I typically get one of two types of responses. The first is a shocked expression and a “well, I hope you do ok” or “great, keep it up girl!” The second is deeper and generally results in a good discussion, the response boils down to a simple question: Why can’t we just stay out?

The answer is simple. We can’t stay out because we are to be the light of the world. Our founding fathers built this land on Judeo-Christianity, and we have strayed too far from Christ. The reason our ancestors came to America was that she was and is a free, God-fearing nation.

Having established this, we have another question. Since we have strayed so far, does it even matter if we continue on this downhill journey? Does it even matter if we get involved? After all, we can’t make a difference.

Yes, it does matter. We are going down the wrong road; following pop-culture stars and Hollywood actors who have no sense of reality. We are soaking in phrases and taking them as fact because we don’t have the determination to make sure what we are being spoon-fed is right. We are being taught that there is no right and wrong and we must tolerate everyone except those that don’t agree. We are becoming a society run on emotions, not facts and logic. If we continue down this path we will crumble, not from the outside, but from within. Our freedoms will eventually be lost, and rather than a republic form of government, we will have nothing but tyranny.

If we stay apathetic and do not get involved, we will end up with tyranny, the only way to stop this is to get involved and change!

The allegation that we can have no impact on our culture is false. Samuel Adams, a founding father, and founder of the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution once stated, “It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds”. Throughout history it has been proven repeatedly that a handful of people have the potential to make a dynamic impact.

Now that we know that we can make an impact, we have to ask the question: Is it Biblical? Does God raise His people to be involved in the government?

There are many instances throughout the Bible where God chose His people to be involved in government, not only their government, but pagan government’s as well. The stories of Joseph, Esther, and Daniel are perfect illustrations. In all three instances God took them from their home, or “comfort zone” into a pagan environment and used them to impact the culture.

In Daniel 2:21 it states: And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

Psalms 75:7 also reads: But God [is] the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.

In 1Corinthians 12:28 it says:
And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

These verses are just a few that prove that God does govern in the affairs of men, and he does raise up leaders. Many people in the church today have put down the calling into politics and government saying that it is not “of God” to be involved in that arena.

In the Bible times the Jewish people didn’t have the right to vote and express themselves like we do today. However, you did see many of His people involved in the political system of their time. Whether it was by birth, choice, or just because God opened a door, they were involved in the government.

We have succumbed to believe that for some reason we should not be involved anymore. Yet, we have just proven this allegation wrong. Since we have the ability to be freely involved, it is our duty to. We are supposed to be a light to the world, one way to effect change, is to exercise our citizen’s rights by voting, supporting candidates, and getting involved ourselves. In the chorus of the song “From here on out” it says:

From here on out I’m gonna do my part. From here on out I’m gonna listen to my heart. It may just be one voice, but I’m gonna make it heard
And I’m not giving in or backing down, From here on out

Not only is it our job to do what we can, but if we don’t we will continue on this road downhill to tyranny. From here on out, I’m going to do my part, the question is, will you do yours?

8 comments:

The Firebrand said...

I sure will! :D did you get my TM of Tyler from camp? TTYL.

The Firebrand said...

lol Don't worry, I'll be there. :D It was too much fun this time! no way I'm missing next year!

Tfehrman said...

Hey KP,


I saw that you switched, and thought I'd try it out. I love this so much more than xanga!

conservativewindow.blogspot.com

Tfehrman said...

Hey, here's my dilemma... when I leave a comment it won't let me leave my Screen Name as a link, because when I click "Login and publish" in the comment screen, it says "account not found." But, I CAN lof into my blog and navigate...

Any ideas?? Know any computer nerds that can help?

Matt A. said...

I am kind of familiar with blogger so maybe I can help, but need a clarification...

Are you talking about wanting to put a different name in as your link instead of "tfehrman?" My Sign in name is like Preacherman7, but it displays it as "matt a." Is that what you are talking about?

Matt

Tfehrman said...

Hey,


When I go to leave a comment, rather than having my username already listed, it has two boxes, one for username and one for password. After typing that stuff in I click "publish and comment" and it comes up and says "Account not found."

It's really weird.
Thanks,

Tfehrman

Matt A. said...

Hmmm...I don't really know what would be causing that...I'll look into a few things and see if I can find anything...

Mexicanoylibre said...

Hello;

I wish you good luck with your political career. I have decided also to become more involved here in my beloved Mexico. As an airline employee I visit the US quite often and I really look forward for an improved relationship between our two nations. There is still too much mistrust toward the US within Mexicans (specially middle class educated ones) and a lot of liberal rubbish is being taught in our universities both private and public. However a strong Christian political movement is emerging among Mexico City middle class. All we want is to become partners in a better North American future. You may visit my recently created blog in Spanish; "Mexicano y liberal". However I`m planning blogs in English and German (I`m from German ancestry).