There are some things that you just dont mix together. Oil and water, fire and ice, or an alarm clock and Saturday morning. One of the biggest of these taboos in our culture is religion and politics. You could even take it a step farther in some social realms. Some actually believe that religion should never be talked about at all for fear of offending someone or pushing moral beliefs. What is absolutely disgusting to me is that some professing Christians actually abide by this belief that we should keep our Bible beliefs to ourselves so no one will be offended. Isnt it ironic that if we profess to follow Jesus, we are actually claiming to follow a man who offended almost everybody. In fact, thats why the religious leaders finally nailed him to a cross.
What if the apostle Paul and Peter would have kept their faith a secret for fear of offending someone? What if they believed in the teachings of Christ, but never took a stand because it wasnt the popular thing to do? Well, Paul probably wouldnt have had his head chopped off, and Peter wouldnt have been crucified upside down. They could have lived a long life and been loved by the world if they would have just kept their faith in Christ to themselves. But isnt the point of following someone, as Christians claim to follow Christ, to do as their leader does?
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33.
What a scary statement made by our Lord Jesus! Yet so many church going people deny their affiliation with Christ to the world daily. Not by what they say, but by what they dont say!
Jesus goes on to say, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Matthew 10:34.
I have actually heard faithful church members before say something like this……
“Well, I know they are living a sinful lifestyle, but we dont need to say anything to them, because we might run them off from ever coming to church!”
As Pastor Jonny Hunt once said, “Where do you think your going to run them off, Hell number two??”
We live in a Christian culture that is so afraid of confrontation and being offensive! We live in a world that has this false impression that Jesus just wants everyone to get along and be happy! But as you can see in Matthew 10:34 above, thats not Jesus at all!! Jesus clearly said he didnt come to this earth with expectations of everyone getting along. In fact, He knew that when he came to earth, there would be division amongst friends and even family because the message of the Gospel is very offensive to the lost world!! Jesus knew this! He taught his disciples to follow his example of being bold and taking a stand, regardless of if their next door neighbor thought they were weird, regardless if their family hated them, and regardless of if it caused someone to leave the church. Let me tell you something, if someone leaves a church because the Gospel of Jesus Christ offended them, then they never knew Him to begin with.
If you are a Christian, you are to live for God’s approval, not the approval of humans. Proverbs says …..
“…rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?’” (Proverbs 24.11-12)
We have a responsiblity as followers of Christ to take a bold stand in this world. We have a Christian obligation to defend the rights of the unborn whether or not anyone approves of it. We are obligated to hold fast to the defending the Biblical definition of marriage as God intended. We have a judge to face when we don’t. He will definitely know we did not defend those rights.
The Bible says all government is ordained by God. We must obey and stay out of politics. Many Christians wring their hands about causes and are standing on the abortion sidelines with a private morality. Many of them believe Romans 13 says we cannot protest the government because it is ordained and sanctioned by God. Yes we are to be submissive to government, meaning we dont stage riots and plan violent overthrows of those in power. But again, we do have the responsiblity before God to be outspoken when Government begins to stray from the commands of God. Romans 13 must be compared with Revelation 13. In this case the apostle John calls the Roman government, which is persecuting the righteous, the beast. The government there is not ordained by God. It is anti-Christ.
President Obama has established the single most unGodly political agenda’s in our nations history. Some have referred to his campaign for office as the Romans 1 Platform. Read the excerpt below from Romans Chapter one.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 andexchanged the glory ofthe immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:18-32.
Sounds frightenly like our nation. The truth of God is all around. We have no shortage of Bibles in our country. Gods word is abundant. The truth is there. But it has been so twisted and perverted to represent more of a Satanic agenda rather than “One Nation Under God.” The question we must ask is, “Who is this God?” Because he sure isnt the one mentioned in scripture.
And if you notice in the passage above in Romans, God gives them up to their depraved minds and sinful lusts. He basically says, “You want all this wickedness and sin? Take it, because my wrath now abides on you.” The Bible describes two types of wrath. The active wrath of God which is where God actively destroys those in opposition to him. And then there is the passive wrath, which is exactly what is being described in Romans 1. Have you ever asked yourself why someone who is very wicked and Godless seems to have such a great life? Passive wrath of God.
In his passive wrath, he gives the sinner up to himself. Its like this example from my youth. I remember my uncle one time had warned me not eat some soup he had made which had just come straight from the stove. He said, “Wait for a while, because its too hot right now.” I was starving, and I told him I could handle it. To which he responded, “Have at it then.” Needless to say I scalded my tastebuds and screamed like a baby because I didnt heed the warning of my uncle. He warned me, but I informed him that I didnt want to obey, so he allowed me to reap the consequences of my own actions. Passive wrath. Except Gods passive wrath isnt just a momentary scalding of the tounge, it results in eternal separation from God, and its staggering how many people are currently under this type of wrath.
We have a responsibility to vote against abortion and to inform others to do so as well. And I believe that abortion under no circumstance is acceptable. Rape and incest are horrible, atrocious acts of immorality and cause such great pain. But if these acts result in pregnancy, it is not the fault of the little child in the womans womb. Pastor Voddie Baucham has adopted children, one of which was the result of a rape and the other was born out of incest. Dr. Baucham stated that when people take a stance on abortion with the exception of rape and incest, what they are saying is that his two beautiful adopted children didnt deserve to live.
If you truly believe in Christ, then you believe in the sovereignty of God. That is, God is in total control at all times and in all situations. Jesus said to Pilate who was the Roman ruler who gave him over to be crucified, “You have no authority except that which has been given to you.” Pilate crucified Christ. As a result of Pilates decision, Christ was beaten, had the flesh torn off his back, and was nailed to a cross to die. What a sad time for all of those that loved Jesus. What a horrible event to have their Lord killed in such a brutal manner. But God allowed this to happen. Why? Because out of the sinful acts of the religious leaders in killing Jesus, something beautiful was born out of the horror. Our transgressions were dissolved, and Jesus defeated Satan, sin, and death through the sheding of his blood as our atonement.
God doesnt cause sin. But he does allow it at times. He gives those who are depraved and lost up to his passive wrath. And there are consequences. But for those who have faith in Christ, God takes that which was devastating and makes it into something new and beautiful. Such is the case with human life. No life is an accident. All life is beautiful.
The same can be said of homosexual relations. No matter what argument is made in favor of homosexuality, it is an abomination before God. No one was simply born that way, yet our world accepts this excuse as if its just normal. If I were to go on a killing spree and then use the excuse that I couldnt help it, that I was just born with this impulse to kill, I seriously doubt that I would be let off the hook. No one is born a murder. People do however, give in to temptations instead of seeking refuge in Christ. People will argue that some men just have more feminine qualities than others. Some men also have more rage issues than others but it doesnt give them the right to kill. Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan, and each time he was tempted, he warded off the temptation by quoting scripture. How many of us today are fully devoted to knowing the word of God? God doesnt want us to read his word as a homework assignment! Its akin to a general in the army giving his troops ammunition for the battle to come!! A solder going into war is grateful for ammunition, because without it he would be overrun! Are you in the same way, grateful for the word of God? Maybe the reason so many people compromise in sin is because they foolishly thought they could go into the war with no ammunition.
When you cast your vote, do not vote in allegiance with a party. Dont vote for who is popular. Dont vote in order to appease a family member or friend. Vote for a King. Vote for a Savior. There is not a candidate that can pull our nation out of this mess we have gotten ourselves into. But there is a God who is bigger than our world. Read the Bible. Know Gods word. And vote in accordance with His commands.