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A Delicate - But Necessary - Balancing Act

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Christians today are faced with a rather perplexing question. Do we stay on the political sidelines, seeking to remain above the fray - and unsoiled by the muck and mire? Or do we actively engage in such earthly matters, knowing that we may be roundly criticized by those inside and outside the faith for doing so?

Here’s my not-so-surprising take on things…

In John 15:19 and John 17:14-16, Jesus plainly taught His disciples that we are in the world, but not of it. What our Savior was saying was that He expected us to mix it up with the real world, but to be careful not to take on its values or characteristics. In other words, to maintain our high standards, but not to be so heavenly-minded that we are of no earthly good.

That was one of the reasons why Jesus chastised the holier-than-thou Pharisees as well as those in the Parable of the Good Samaritan who failed to come to the aid of the injured man. It is also why He commanded us, as His instruments, to be salt and light in a dark and dying world (see Matthew 5:13-16).

In short, I would rather be counted among those believers who dismount from their high horses and try their imperfect best to make a difference in this world. I cannot sit idly by while precious babies are murdered in their mother’s womb. Nor can I remain a mere spectator while God is banished from our public arena and educational systems, and His definitions of marriage and gender are mocked and ridiculed. And I refuse to passively watch while Israel, the apple of God’s eye, is fighting for its very survival amidst growing international opposition.

Remember that it was evangelical Christians like William Wilberforce who launched and led the abolitionist movement to outlaw and eradicate slavery. Conversely, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich rose to power in Germany partly because the Church remained so silent and disengaged.

Does that mean that we have to resort to deception and name-calling, rationalizing that such methods are required to win elections and influence policy? God forbid! On the contrary, we are to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves (see Matthew 10:16). After all, Jesus warned us that He was – and still is – sending His followers out into the world as sheep among wolves.

So, my fellow believers, it is not a question of, “Do I get involved in politics or not?” The real question is, “How do I get involved while simultaneously representing my Savior in the best possible way?”

Hiding one’s head in the sand – or in the clouds – is not an option for true believers. Especially not now, when in the words of Judge Robert Bork, America is “Slouching Towards Gomorrah”.

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  1. Steve S Steve S All that is required for evil to prevail, is that good men do nothing... Friday, June 28, 2019
  2. Art Art We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights Among those LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Inalienable means from God therefore man should not take them away. When defending those we must be political. Friday, June 28, 2019
  3. Roger Truax Roger Truax You express my sentiments well! It's difficult not to get angry when the liberal left espouses such anti Biblical rhetoric and pronounce those who disagree with them as the evil ones. The scriptures have warned us that such would happen in the end times! Friday, June 28, 2019
  4. Jeff Mosesso Jeff Mosesso Thanks, Brother Dale. Right On The Money!
    Steve S. said "All that is required for evil to prevail, is that good men do nothing..."
    That quote was a WARNING to Christian Americans - Not a Commandment for them to sit idly by in Churches while their Faith, Values and God-given Nation are dragged through Hell by satanists, globalists, socialists and atheists.

    Ezekiel 22: 30-31 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.

    Churches today believe they cannot get involved with county, state or national politics… and you can see the results. Churches used to produce Statesmen and Minutemen. Now we get couch-potatoes and on-lookers from most. Guess we get what we deserve.

    I'll stand in the gap and fight the political fight as God gave me talents to do. Bring it on.
    Friday, June 28, 2019
  5. Dale Truax Dale Truax The Democratic debate was just what I expected. Every one on the panel focused on dispelling the others line of words to a total disagreement even though they may have been agreed in heart. The sum of the debate was that they self destructed right before our eyes. No winner. Friday, June 28, 2019