For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me (John 12:8).
The Conservative Ledger is my dormant political blog. Suspended in 2010, it now previews only a sampling of the hundreds of articles that were posted over the many years that I wrote political commentary. I like to say that the LORD healed me of the sin of politics.
However, the current state of our Union demands that Christians stand firm to resist a society and culture that is becoming increasingly hostile towards a Biblical worldview.
There are a good number of Christians — enough to turn an election — who have made a faithful decision to not participate in the political system. There are a smaller number — like the six million so-called evangelicals who voted Democrat in 2012 — who denied the presidency to Mitt Romney.
How can a Christian vote for a party that unequivocally supports policies that are anti-Christian? It is most likely that these voters see the Democrat Party as the champion of the poor and downtrodden. If these were of the greatest concern to Jesus Christ shouldn’t they also be the burden of His church?
I submit that the state has co-opted what God ordained to be the sole responsibility of the church.
The state confiscates trillions of dollars from hard-working citizens who need that money to support their own families and charities; while the church, operating like a corporation, has failed to be a faithful steward of the resources it collects. Understand that it is false idealism to believe that either institution can heal the disease of poverty.
What did James, Peter and John instruct Paul?
… to remember the poor (Galatians 2:10).
Paul had previously sent money, collected from the Gentile churches, to the saints in Jerusalem. In his letter to the Romans, Paul makes note of the churches in Macedonia and Achaia that raised money for the Jewish Christians (Romans 15:26–27). The Corinthians and Galatians were asked to take up a collection as well (1 Corinthians 16:1–3).
It seems as if the Apostle’s missionary journeys were of two-fold purpose — to spread the Gospel, and collect money for the poor.
James wrote that pure religion is to visit the widows and orphans (James 1:27) But even this was means-tested.
If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows (1 Timothy 5:16).
Paul wrote, If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). His instructions to Timothy would seem to uphold the idea that charity begins at home. If families were responsible to one another they would not be a burden to the state, nor the church. Imagine, no homeless problem.
The family unit is the bedrock of God’s creation, but social policies by design have constructed a society that is dependent not on God and family, but the binding tentacles of an all-powerful state. In exchange for this dependency we have forfeited a measure of our rights and liberties. Government assistance is not free. It comes at a cost, and with strings attached.
The welfare state has decimated the poorest families. Benefits are reduced or withheld if there is an able-bodied person living in the home. This has caused fathers to abandon their families, or women to have children out-of-wedlock. Welfare was especially destructive of black American families who became a subjugated class in bondage to inter-generational dependence on government assistance. The state contributed to the underclass growth of single-parent households who have suffered disproportionately the social ills of drugs, violence and incarceration.
Called transfer payments by policy wonks, the confiscation of trillions of dollars from those who work has created a stagnant middle class that carries the load of burdensome taxation.
Just what is the primary role of government? To protect its citizens according to Paul (Romans 13:1–7); and that is why we pay taxes — for protection, not social engineering.
At its core the social welfare state is built upon a Marxist worldview. The Progressive movement of the 1920’s was essentially an adoption of European socialism. It became fully entrenched as official government policy with the enactment of FDR’s New Deal program in the 1930’s. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) said, “There was no God, there was only FDR.”
See our post, The Progressive Deception.
Liberal Christians, believing that these programs fulfilled the teachings of Jesus, were wholly supportive. They began preaching what was then called The Social Gospel. It read like a copy of Das Kapital in that it supported the Marxist ideal of economic justice. This gospel taught that economic equality would bring about the kingdom of God on earth. The movement attracted a myriad of social activists (including feminists and environmentalists) who were otherwise predisposed not to a Biblical worldview, but the establishment of a socialist utopian state.
[My socialist professor of Environmental Ecology taught in 1974 that the United States had to de-industrialize, or else the world’s oceans would be dead in 25 years.]
The Social Gospel thrives in the liberal church. It is known by its fruit — the celebration and acceptance of policies that undermine the God-centered traditions of marriage and family.
Joseph Stalin was quoted:
Destroy the family, you destroy the nation.
Wake up people.
Those of you who say that Christians should not be politically active make very good arguments. I have the utmost respect for the brethren who cite Scripture to support their stance. Jesus and His disciples were not politically active — My kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36) — I get it.
I would only ask that you consider this — would Jerusalem have voted to be free of her Roman oppressors? We have an obligation as citizens of this country to exercise our Constitutional rights — liberties that have been granted by God. Peter, James and John could not enter a ballot box. You can. I will grant that the kingdom of God will not arrive by election, but fervent prayer. However, the church (empowered by the Holy Spirit) is a restraining force in this world, and we must present ourselves as salt and light even in the arena of politics.
Bottom line: Jesus Christ was not a Marxist — Karl Marx was an atheist. According to the Bible, the state exists to keep us safe, and Christians are exhorted to assist the poor. The world system is turned upside down, and who has dominion over this world?
Socialism demands that citizens surrender their freedom to a burgeoning state that systematically consolidates power. A constituent, dependent class will always vote its self-interests. Forty percent of the electorate is bought and paid for. Christian liberals, more than anyone, have been deceived by this political shell game. Again, I ask, who is the pawn master?
Christian, if you do nothing the body of Christ will suffer ever-increasing persecution as the state exercises unchallenged authority over God and men. And don’t expect favorable judgment from the Supreme Court if Democrats retain power. The culture is trending towards defining the Bible as hate-speech.
As when Elijah thought he could hide in a cave to escape the distress, I would not want my conscience so burdened by inaction.
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