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,