Sunday, September 07, 2008

Our True Hope

Although I am thrilled with the possibility of a Sarah Palin in the White House as VP, and possibly President in the future, I think we Christians need to be cautious in putting our hopes for change in that alone.


After all, since the '70's we have seen more Christians active in politics than since prior to WWII. This involvement in grass root politics has elected a conservative into the White House during most of that time, and more importantly, has made a change in the Supreme Court.


We can be glad for these results and yet we must realize that conservatism alone will not be the guarantor of our freedoms or fix what ails our immoral society !
A conservative government will most certainly be effective in the slowing down of these deeds but, let's face it abortion is still rampant and still causing the murderous deaths of millions of children
. Just look at what Hollywood and the music industry is producing ! The divorce rate is incredible. We still have much work to do even in our churches where pre-marital and extra marital sex is nearly as common as among the unchruched.


I am not trying to imply that we should not remain active in politics but I am saying that we should never expect from any government results and changes that should be wrought by the church! When we begin to realize that no government can change society and is incapable of producing morality, we will be reminded of the duties of the church.


Yes, conservative legislation can and will restrain, to an extent, the evils of a lost degenerate world, but ONLY if the church is doing its job in teaching men, women and children morality based on a God's Word. The church is called to this job, not the government.


We see today, all across our land, many enlightened, educated souls that are making moral judgment calls, through judicial activism and court decisions. Judgments which have no standing upon the absolutes of right and wrong. We see courts making decisions that are in direct contradiction to the traditional interpretations of the law. We have a generation that does not know good from evil. ( Is.5:20)


More than revealing the faults of our government, what this is bringing into focus is the failing of the church to impact society one person at a time. Christianity is what produces true freedom, not government. It is the only thing which will promote morality in our nation. Yes, I know many non- Christians who are decent, moral people, but that is mainly due to their upbringing which was most likely from the Christian world view of their parent's generation.


Our society is not immoral because of bad government but because of the lack of Biblical teaching in the church and home! We have failed to raise up a God fearing generation from which to choose our leadership! Immoral politicians will undoubtedly take our country further into immorality, but where are the men and women of character and integrity ?


The best way to change our country is to win more people over through the preaching of the gospel. By this, we shall then see their faith reflected in their votes and life styles. This is the only thing that can, and will, make the changes we desire to see, because government does not and can not change the souls of men, but merely shows us the hearts of men through their 'causes' and votes!


We must never forget that it is through the Gospel that we can see lives changed. The simple act of teaching and preaching the gospel is more effective than legislative action, grass roots politics and executive orders.


If we ever hope to change the political character of our nation, we have to first, change the moral character of our people. Government can only protect our rights, never provide them. They are inalienable, given by God equally for all! It is through the excesses of government that these rights are lessened for the individual as has been proven in history. It is when the government takes over the training and educating of our children, when our taxes are spent on immoral actions, when corruption becomes the norm of our political leaders, that we the people lose our freedoms.


We as Christians must surely remain diligent in our political and civil duties, but more importantly, we must remember we have an even higher calling...The Great Commission!


“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”
(Matt. 28:19-20)


The Founding Father's thoughts on Morality and Politics;

“Our Constitution was designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other…Free government rests upon public and private morality.”John Adams, the second president of the United States.


“In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom…Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.Dr. Jedediah Morse



“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these
teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country”
Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States.



“Government seems to me to be a part of religion itself…Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad.
William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania.



“Nothing can be politically right, that is morally wrong.”
Benjamin Rush, 1786


"The moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow." Elias Boudinot, president of the Continental Congress in 1783, and later a congressman from New Jersey who served as president of the American Bible Society,



15 comments:

Mountain Mama said...

Wow, I'm the first to comment on this post! That never happened before.
I believe you have hit the nail directly on the head Rita and we have a lot to do.Pray without ceasing for starters.
I love the quotes.

nanc said...

j.m. - i've sworn that i'd never again vote for someone claiming "faith" as their resting place - faith has never once entered my mind when palin came along. i was rooting for romney for crying out loud! ha!

i'm loving that the left is atwitter with this choice of veepee!

o.t. - i've left you a link at farmer's you'll enjoy...hehehe...

MightyMom said...

AMEN!!

Preach on Sister!!!



(yes, we must have been separated at birth!)

Webutante said...

Rita, I couldn't agree more. Wonderful as the thought of Palin on the GOP ticket is, we can't begin to know how it will all play out. In the beginning, middle and end, our only REAL hope is in the Lord.

Penless Thoughts said...

So well said, as always!!!
Susan

Betty said...

Yes I agree. Well said! Very nice post.

Bar Kochba said...

Quoting the "Great Commission" confused me and put me on the defensive.

If you define your hope of "a Christian nation" as a nation based on Judeo-Christian value and morals ie. modesty, sanctity of life, primacy of G-d, etc. then I am completely with you. But to me, quoting the Great Commission seems to be implying that a Christian in the gov't should use his power to promote Christianity (in a religious sense) in the US and the rest of the world. In essence, to proselytize. What of non-Christians then?

Jungle Mom said...

BK, yes, I do mean Judeo- Christian morality.

My whole point seems to have been lost on you. I do not want anyone to think that having a 'Christian' in power could, or should change our society but rather, the individual Christian needs to teach biblical standards in our churches citizen.
But, it has been the Judeo- Christian values that historically have proven to promote free societies.

As a Christian, I take the New Testament to be the Word of God (which you do not) In the Great Commission we are told to share this message with the world( which I know you have heard and read before).
Our purpose is spiritual in nature but will effect society. And once again, I reiterate, Christianity can not be forced upon anyone. Any forced conversion is no conversion at all! We share the gospel, people choose to listen and heed or not.

And as we have conversed before, you know that the 'gospel' is;
1) Recognize and repent of our sins.
2) Place our faith in the redemptive work of Christ who is our sacrificial atonement in recognition of His death, burial and resurrection.

I know you do not believe Christ to be the son of G-d as we have had many discussions, the point of this post was to promote diligence in teaching biblical morality to our children and neighbors through example and to never expect the government to do that for us!

Amanda said...

Very well said. I've been thinking about this a lot. Thanks for sharing this!

Pam said...

Here, Here! Well said! Loved the quote by John Adams. I just finished watching HBO's movie (now on DVD) on John Adam and really enjoyed it.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Trust in God is whats its all about!

ABNPOPPA said...

JM,

Great post, I was going to dabate BK but you left no wiggle room. Another good job.

Pops

Deanna said...

This is so true! Thanks for sharing.

Charles said...

This is totally right.

Rebecca said...

I'm glad you wrote this. Especially about other than marital sex being nearly as rampant in the church as outside of it. I have been noticing this for years. Unmarried or divorced people in the church who think nothing of sleeping with a boyfriend or girlfriend. One such person was a music minister who was interested in dating me. (obviously pre-Alan) he was clear about wanting sex. Noticing my shock his rational was that he had been married before and once you've had it you can't go back to not having it. That notion seems to be very prevalent. Where are the pastors who used to preach against sin?