AgapePress reports on 20 Reasons There is Hope for America, or more specifically about the Top 20 Christian Political Organizations, as listed by The Church Report. Reading through the list, there is not one group which mentions evangelism as a primary goal. However, throughout the list, the primary goal of all these groups seems to be to impose Judeo-Christian ethics and morals upon America.
No mention is given to evangelism, save for a note about the group Faith and Action, which states that the premise for their actions–introducing the word of God into the public debate concerning legislation and policy–is evangelism. Reading something like that, I wonder whether or not they know what evangelism is, whether they are familiar with the gospel that is the message?
“Morals,” “morality,” “ethics” and “politics” are words unknown to the word of God, endeavors that are a waste of time for the Christian.
Rather, we are commissioned to go forth, preaching the gospel to all nations. The lost cannot help but be immoral. Governments under the control of Satan cannot help but be immoral. No amount of legislation, returning to the Constitution (or, to a seemingly lesser extent, the Bible), etc., will change that.
I would argue that these “Christian” activist groups are doing more to harm legitimate Christianity than anything else. They are forcing a few bits of biblical truth into a manmade political worldview that they see as redemption for America.
Nevermind the fact that three of these groups are headed by women, which is a deviation from God’s word (or, “Christian morals,” to use their lingo).
Nevermind the fact that saying Judeo-Christian would seem to necessitate a keeping of the Judaic Law, though I don’t see many people advocating a return to it. It would save tax-payers some money, though–there are no prisons called for in the Law of Israel, just retribution, corporal punishment, and capital punishment. Certainly contrary to popular belief, the Ten Commandments are not the sum of the Law, which includes upwards of 600 commands, which no man save Jesus Christ has ever kept the whole of.
Here’s a radical idea: Disband all these Christian-political organizations, and instead of seeking to impose pro-life, pro-family, pro-church, pro-Christ values upon the lost, use the vast resources available for biblical evangelism. Someone born again unto newness of life will be much more likely to adopt a biblical set of beliefs than someone whose father is the Devil.
If you are a Christian who supports these groups, I humbly ask that you pray about your continued support of them. Your money would do far more for the cause of Christ in the hands of a missionary deep in a pagan nation than it ever can do in the hands of those entangled in the affairs of this world (2 Timothy 2:4). Missionaries may not be able to send you nifty bumper stickers, put your name on a petition that gets a bill signed, or turn you into a partaker of political martyrdom (i.e., being sued by the ACLU), but you will become a partaker of the best deeds anyone can do on this earth–the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ as Savior of all who are willing.
The Bible never speaks of hope being in political activism.
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manfiest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:17–21, New King James Version).