Hope for America?

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).


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