Religion and Politics (2)


Whenever Bishop Jackson speaks he creates a firestorm of controversy. Bishop pulls no punches when standing by the Word of God. If you have a heart for the LORD, these videos should make your blood circulate.

This series of articles should be read in the context of Matthew 26:11 where Jesus said we would always have the poor; and with the understanding that government cannot solve this problem.

Let me say from the outset that politics thoroughly disgusts me, but it wasn’t always the case. When the Lord was calling me to Bible college, I enrolled in grad school and earned a Master’s in Public Administration. I was going to become a political bureaucrat and save the world.

The Lord quickly disabused me of that grandiose plan. As citizens we have a degree of civic responsibility, but the state is not our master. Peter and John, when told to stop preaching Jesus, replied they could not obey that command (Acts 4:19–20).

Told a second time to stop preaching Christ, they responded, We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).

The apostle Paul wrote that, as Christians, our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20–21).

We are in the world, but not of the world (John 17:16) — and are, therefore, instructed to hate the things of this world:

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:15).

Jesus said that the world will hate us (Matthew 10:22) so it should come as no surprise that Christians are facing escalating levels of hostility and intolerance. Which begs the question: Who are the real bigots — those who love the world, or we who love God?

I am neither Democrat nor Republican. Allegiance to a political party, in my opinion, is idolatry. We are Christians, citizens of God’s kingdom. He is our authority to whom we owe everything. Our rights and liberties are granted by God, and it is the responsibility of the state to safeguard those rights.

The freedom of religion, as conceived by the Founders, was in the context of Christianity. Public buildings were used for Sunday worship, and it wasn’t a crime to place a cross on public land.

The Holy Spirit has churned my soul to speak out on the current state of our Union which is becoming increasingly hostile towards a Biblical worldview. Has society completely lost its senses to allow for any pervert or pedophile to freely enter the bathroom of their choice? Liberals will quickly deny that like when they said medical marijuana was for the benefit of dying patients. Really? Now, any skate-boarding doper with a sprained ankle can get a prescription for pot.

Proposition 8 was a 2008 California ballot initiative to amend the state’s constitution to legally define marriage as between a man and a woman. It passed with the overwhelming support of black voters — 70% of whom voted to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. (It was later overturned by the Supreme Court.)

I posed this question in chapter one: Why do Christians vote for a party that unequivocally supports anti-Christian policies?

According to the Pew Research Center black Americans are more religious than any group in America.

African-Americans (87%) are markedly more religious on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole, including level of affiliation with a religion, attendance at religious services, frequency of prayer and religion’s importance in life. (Hispanic-Americans are not far behind at 83%.)

Why, then, do they vote overwhelmingly for a party that supports abortion and gay marriage? Why do they align politically with those who say that teaching the Bible to our children is child abuse, or quoting the Bible in defense of marriage is hate-speech?

Welfare and abortion — Democrat policies — have decimated black American families. Minority women represent only 13% of the population yet account for 36% of abortions. Since Roe v. Wade 16 million black American babies have been aborted.

Abortion kills more black Americans than disease, drugs and violence combined — almost 900 black babies will die today. Infanticide is immoral and horrific. How can any Christian vote Democrat?

If black lives matter we can no longer ignore the facts. Black people, as a race, have been mired in economic stagnation despite the fact that the government has spent trillions of dollars in a vain attempt to end poverty. Robert F. Kennedy, that stalwart advocate of the poor, recognized that welfare stripped people of their dignity and enslaved them in the quicksand of dependency. As Senator, he tried to amend the welfare laws to wean people off of government assistance, and into jobs. Welfare reform (signed into law by Bill Clinton) reflected the pragmatism of RFK.

The poorest families in America are those headed by a single parent. Two out of every three children living in a single-parent household are black. As was noted in chapter one, public policy has contributed to the disintegration of African-American families who are disproportionately affected by violence, drugs and incarceration.

In the following chart note the poverty rate increase during recession (indicated by the shaded bars), and compare with the decline in rates during economic growth (between the bars). Job creation, not government assistance, is the prescription. If we level out the economic component we see a poverty rate of 15% unchanged since 1967. A half-century, and 19 trillion dollars later — however you crunch the numbers — shouldn’t we have expected better results?

Blue line charts official poverty rate — see notes.

Dr. Ben Carson was criticized when he claimed that there are ten-times the number of people receiving welfare today than when the programs began. The Washington Post did a FactCheck and determined it was more like three or four times. The fact is that Carson’s general statement is correct.

The Bible has a prescription for poverty, and that is … charity. But it is not charity when the government takes from one person and gives it to another. That is confiscation — no, that is stealing.

Look at what Democrat policies have wrought. The centerpiece of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society was the War on Poverty. According to the Census Bureau the percentage of poor families with a single woman as head of household has increased from 34.8% – 50.3%. Most of these families are black and, as cited earlier, 67% of black American children are living with only one parent. That is a social and cultural disaster.

Where is the church? Where is the faith of the most religious of all Americans?

Earl Walker “E. W.” Jackson, Sr. is an American conservative politician, Christian minister, and lawyer in Virginia. He was the unsuccessful Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the 2013 election … wikipedia

Notes:

OPM (Official Poverty Measure) is based on an income threshold set by the federal government. In 2014, a family of four earning less than $23,850 would be classified as under the threshold. While the OPM has remained steady relative to income, there are other ways — inflation, consumption and taxation — to measure the poverty rate. Liberals will invariably cite these adjusted measures which artificially indicate a downward trend in the poverty rate.

Census Bureau statistics clearly indicate a marked drop in the OPM before the inauguration of the Great Society. Tax cuts and job growth padded a 15% decline in the poverty rate. After 1967, the downward trend leveled out.

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One thought on “Religion and Politics (2)

  1. Great article! And Bishop E.W. Jackson really strikes a chord with me.

    Today I was telling a Christian neighbor about the movie I had just seen (“13 Hours”). They asked me what it was about about, and when I answered, “Benghazi,” they said, “What’s Benghazi?” I don’t know who they will vote for in November, but I hate to imagine them voting for Hillary because she has “experience” — while being totally ignorant of what her experience actually was.

    Considering another recent film, “Hillary’s America,” by Dinesh D’Souza, there is no reason for people to remain in the dark about what the Democrat Party really stands for. I also highly recommend Ben Kinchlow’s book, “Black Yellowdogs” which documents the Democrat Party’s historical support of racist bigotry against African-Americans.

    It is the duty of Christians of all races to become informed as to the real facts of our history — not just the politically correct propaganda fed to them by the government, the media and public schools. You have to go beyond what is shown on TV and beyond the latest viral internet pap. If you are stuck into thinking that you only have two choices, wake up. That’s exactly what the Big Two, who would wield all political power, want you to be: dependent upon them, so that you will choose “the lesser of two evils”. Nonsense! There just happen to be other, so-called “third parties” — third because they aren’t one of the Big Two. And by the way, there is nothing in the Constitution directing us to have a two-party system.

    Bishop Jackson speaks of an exodus from the Democrat Party. If you decide to be part of that exodus, find out who ALL the candidates are, including the approved write-in candidates in your State, and vote for someone you can support with a clear conscience. If every individual would take the care to do just that, our election results would in fact reflect the true will of the people. If you just vote for the lesser of two evils, or not at all, the will of the people can never be expressed.

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