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Monday
Oct152012

Should Christians Get Involved? Part III

For many, civil government and spirituality are diametrically opposed. Often, Christians see absolutely no reason to get involved with anything having to do with politics, even to the point of not voting. Three common reasons are:

   • The Bible has nothing to say about government, so why should I care?

   • There’s nothing I can do to make a difference.

   • Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point.

Today we'll take a closer look at the third statement through a biblical lens.

Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point

Ever since the early church, each generation has genuinely believed that it would be the one to see Jesus return. Christians worldwide are anticipating His return in their lifetime. While it’s good to be looking forward to the day of Jesus’ return (Phil. 3:20-21), the Bible also makes it clear that “ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matt. 24:42). Jesus further stated, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36).

The problem arises when well-meaning Christians take no regard for their futures because they don’t believe they will live to see them! This point of view keeps many from doing practical things like saving money for retirement or planning for their children’s futures, even though Proverbs 13:22 tells us “a good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.”

It also gives many believers a handy excuse for not being involved in the future of their countries. They see no reason to protect the foundation of godliness in their nations. But instead of gazing into the sky looking for Jesus, we need to follow His command to “occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13). We must be about the Father’s business of building His kingdom on earth, which includes driving out the unrighteousness in our cities, states, and nations.

Consider these sobering words of Reverend Matthias Burnett in 1803:

Ye…whose high prerogative it is to…invest with office and authority or to withhold them and in whose power it is to save or destroy your country, consider well the important trust…which God [has] put into your hands. To God and posterity you are accountable for them...Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.1

What if we’re wrong about Jesus coming back in our generation? What kind of legacy will we leave our children and grandchildren? And will they curse us for not fighting for the principles upon which our Founding Fathers built this great nation?

1 Matthias Burnett, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803 (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803).

This is part three of a five part series adapted and reprinted from the article "Should Christians Get Involved?" originally printed in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.

Thursday
Oct112012

Should Christians Get Involved? Part II

For many, civil government and spirituality are diametrically opposed. Often, Christians see absolutely no reason to get involved with anything having to do with politics, even to the point of not voting. Three common reasons are:

   • The Bible has nothing to say about government, so why should I care?

   • There’s nothing I can do to make a difference.

   • Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point.

Today we'll take a closer look at the second reason in the list above through a biblical lens.

There’s nothing I can do to make a difference

A great lie the devil has used throughout history to keep the righteous from getting involved is that one person can’t make a difference. But history has proven this wrong time and time again. Where would we be without the George Washingtons, the Einsteins, or the Rosa Parks? Or, how would our world have been different today without the Hitlers or the Saddam Husseins of our lifetimes? One person most certainly can make a difference—for good or for evil.

Proverbs 23:7 assures us, “For as [a person] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (brackets mine). The first step for Christians to affect their culture is to change the way they think. God tells us that we “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth” us (Phil. 4:13). But instead of this statement becoming our reality, we are more like the spies who got a glimpse of the Promised Land: “There we saw the giants…and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Num. 13:33).

We look at the giants in our country—social injustices, abortion, restriction of religious freedoms—and think, What can I do? I’m just a grasshopper! But if we could just learn to see ourselves the way God sees us, we would be unstoppable! Romans 12:2 promises that we can be “transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (brackets mine). This takes effort though—it’s not going to happen overnight. But as we apply God’s Word to our thoughts, it will happen. Then we can conquer the giants in our society.

No one person can do it all, of course, but everyone—especially Christians in whom the Holy Spirit resides—can do something. Maybe your “something” is helping support a godly candidate through finances or volunteering. Or maybe you’re called to take a position on your local school board or perhaps rally others to help push pro-life legislation through the political channels. If you have no idea what to do, pray and ask God how He would have you get involved. There is something available for all gifts, talents, and personalities.

This is part two of a five part series adapted and reprinted from the article "Should Christians Get Involved?" originally printed in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.

Monday
Oct082012

Should Christians Get Involved? Part I

For many, civil government and spirituality are diametrically opposed. Often, Christians see absolutely no reason to get involved with anything having to do with politics, even to the point of not voting. Three common reasons are:

   • The Bible has nothing to say about government, so why should I care?

   • There’s nothing I can do to make a difference.

   • Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point.

Over the next few posts we'll take a closer look at each of these through a biblical lens.

The Bible has nothing to say about government, so why should I care?

If we truly want to have a Christian worldview, we must evaluate the political arena through Scripture. In doing so, we’ll discover that not only does God have quite a bit to say about government but also that He has given us clear mandates concerning our involvement.

One specific instruction can be found in 1 Timothy 2:1-3:

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.

Here, God says that “first of all,He wants us to pray “for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority.” Note that He specifically pointed out kings and those in authority. We should pray for those who have spiritual authority, natural authority, and civil authority in our lives.

Why would God place such a high priority on praying for those in authority? Verse 2 goes on to answer that question: “That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Also, when we pray for someone, we get God’s heart for that person, and when we begin praying for a cause—whether it be missions, reaching the lost, or government—we become inclined to want to get involved in that cause. This is God’s strategy to attack complacency.

Another passage that applies to Christians in the civil arena is Matthew 5:13-16, which says,

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?... Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Those who read this passage and only apply it to so-called “spiritual” matters have missed the fullness of the point Jesus was making. Salt is a preservative, and we are supposed to preserve the society around us by infusing it with the righteousness of God. Likewise, the light of Jesus in us needs to be shone into the dark places so others may be pointed to God. And, as we all know, politics can be a very dark place!

If every Christian fled from being involved in civil government, there would be no salt or light in this institution whatsoever. That’s obviously not God’s will. When our culture moves toward unrighteousness, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of uninvolved Christians. Edmund Burke, an eighteenth-century political thinker and orator, perhaps stated it best in his popular quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

These are only two of many Scripture passages offering a glimpse into God’s will concerning our involvement in the civil arena. To learn more about what the Bible has to say regarding government and choosing godly leaders, also see Exodus 18:21; 1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Samuel, 23:3; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 11:3; Proverbs 14:34, 29:2; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 11:12; and Romans 13:1.

This is part one of a five part series, adapted and reprinted from the article "Should Christians Get Involved?" originally printed in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.

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