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Salt of the Earth

In this article we attempt to draw conclusions from our previous posts (End of Evangelical Church? and  A Christian World View) which examine the activist role of Christians in an increasingly hostile secular world.

I presented the case for a politically active church with the contrasting views of the late pastor Michael Spencer (The Internet Monk) who predicted that political activism will destroy the evangelical church.

Sincere Christians disagree with me. Many believe that the Church should rise above all manner of worldly strife (such as political debate), and focus on our mandated call to preach the Gospel.

Ancient Judaism was not evangelical. This is a strange thing that Jesus commanded. The Pharisees saw the disciples as a threat not only to the religious system, but also the survival of Israel. It was feared that the Way would become so disruptive that Rome might feel threatened and destroy Jerusalem. (How ironic that this would be the end fate of a nation that rejected the Messiah.)

Caiaphas, the High Priest, expressed the thoughts of the religious hierarchy:

Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish (John 11:50).

(In this manner, noted John, Caiaphas prophesied the sacrificial death of Christ.)

The disciples did not join a monastery. They engaged the culture, and made people uncomfortable. In the Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount) Jesus told his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and light of the world (Matthew 5:13–16).

Though it is a preservative what happens when salt is poured into a wound? And our light cannot be hidden. You do not put a basket over the lamp. The secular world reacts to the Gospel message like a deer caught in the headlights. Darkness is exposed by the light, and people do not like having their sins revealed. So Christians are persecuted, mocked, ridiculed and sometimes martyred.

The words of Jesus are relevant always:

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:10-12).

Why were the prophets killed? Because they exposed the sins of Israel to the light of truth. To be persecuted for righteousness’ sake is to take a moral stand against wrongdoing. This is where things get murky according to Pastor Spencer. Is praying in front of an abortion clinic beyond the purview of our mandate to be light and salt? Spencer worried that the blending of politics with the Gospel would render both ineffective — that Christian faith would be supplanted by political cause.

I disagree.

Morality is the purview of the body of Christ. What has happened is that liberal politicians — in a patronizing scheme to gain power — have politicized moral issues. They have usurped the authority of the Church in an attempt to impose a secular world view upon the nation.

Gay marriage is not a political issue, but moral. Abortion is not a political issue, but moral. Legalization of marijuana is not a political issue, but moral. Euthanasia is not a political issue, but moral. Morality cannot be legislated nor could the Law of Moses change people’s hearts.

Spencer warned that political activism will cause the world to hate Christianity. Folks, the world has always hated Christians.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).

As the Left does not believe in moral absolutes it becomes imperative that the Church not yield moral authority. Through political wrangling this battle has escalated into a culture war from which the Church cannot surrender. To retreat on this front would be like putting a basket over the lamp, or turning our salt into brine.

As Jesus said, good for nothing.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown

Ye are the salt of the earth — to preserve it from corruption, to season its insipidity, to freshen and sweeten it. In Scripture, mankind, under the unrestrained workings of their own evil nature, are represented as entirely corrupt. The remedy for this, says our Lord here, is the active presence of His disciples among their fellows. The character and principles of Christians, brought into close contact with it, are designed to arrest the festering corruption of humanity and season its insipidity. Salt operates internally (and) sunlight operates externally, irradiating all that it reaches.

I disagree with the assertion that political activism will destroy the evangelical church. The haters of God have politicized the moral condition of man for the sake of acquiring power and influence. The Church cannot be timid. Just as the prophets of ancient Israel boldly proclaimed the truth, Christians must stand for righteousness or risk being trampled under foot like salt that has lost its savor.

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A Christian World View

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).

The Bible tells us that we fight against authorities and rulers of darkness. This is evident in the ongoing cultural war between two clearly divided camps — those who believe in a secular world view versus those who espouse a Christian world view.

For this reason people of faith need to engage in the political process. Though the Church is divided on this issue, I believe it is imperative for Christians to support political candidates who align themselves with clearly defined Biblical principles such as the sanctity of life and the definition of marriage.

In observance of the National Day of Prayer, thirty evangelical pastors were invited to a White House luncheon and tour hosted by President Trump. Pastor David Jeremiah said that he had requested such a meeting with the Obama White House, but was denied for 8 years. The pastor told his congregation, “I have good news. Christians are once again welcomed in the White House.”

Jeremiah noted that President Trump signed an Executive Order to amend the so-called Johnson Amendment. Named for Senator Lyndon Johnson, the law was adopted in 1954 to restrict charitable organizations (including churches) from active participation in political campaigns. It supposedly was enacted as retribution towards a conservative non-profit that opposed Johnson’s re-election.

Trump said,

“This executive order directs the IRS not to unfairly target churches and religious organizations for political speech. No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.”

Liberals do not like free speech. That’s why they riot to prevent conservatives from speaking at colleges and universities. Truth be told, the Left is as uncomfortable with America’s founding documents as they are with the Bible.

Not only is Trump an illegitimate President, but America is an illegitimate nation founded on racism and genocide. The American Myth, according to progressive historians, is that the United States was conceived by men of Christian faith and libertarian ideals.

America is not a Christian nation nor is it free so say the liberals. Contrast that perception with President Reagan’s optimistic vision of this nation as a Shining City on the Hill — a beacon of light and hope in a world that is in bondage to tyranny and oppression.

As Limbaugh noted, “If this nation is so damn awful why do so many people want to come here?”

The New Yorker posted an article titled We Could Have Been Canada in which the author questions the legitimacy of the American Revolution. The subtext is that America could have followed the progression of Canada, and avoided the growing pains of slavery, Civil War and a genocidal westward expansion.

What was dubbed as his World Apology Tour, President Obama spoke to three billion people across three continents regarding America’s dismissive, derisive, disengaged, dictatorial manner. He told the Turkish Parliament that the United States was still working through its darker periods in history.

Again, contrast those sentiments with President Reagan’s remarks at Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day:

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

What is your world view? Do you see everyone as a victim? Do you embrace the progressive ideal that collectivism is superior to individualism? Do you favor conformity over liberty? Are your rights derived from God or man?

Is the state your God?

Frankly, I don’t know how a Christian can vote for liberal politicians. “Oh,” you say, “Democrats care for the poor … just like Jesus.” Do they … or is it simply a patronizing deception to gain power — to implement their anti-Christian world view?

Following are excerpts from The New Yorker article:

And what if it was a mistake from the start? The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States of America — what if all this was a terrible idea, and what if the injustices and madness of American life since then have occurred not in spite of the virtues of the Founding Fathers but because of them? The Revolution, this argument might run, was a needless and brutal bit of slaveholders’ panic mixed with Enlightenment argle-bargle, producing a country that was always marked for violence and disruption and demagogy. Look north to Canada, or south to Australia, and you will see different possibilities of peaceful evolution away from Britain, toward sane and whole, more equitable and less sanguinary countries. No revolution, and slavery might have ended, as it did elsewhere in the British Empire, more peacefully and sooner. No “peculiar institution,” no hideous Civil War and appalling aftermath. Instead, an orderly development of the interior — less violent, and less inclined to celebrate the desperado over the peaceful peasant. We could have ended with a social-democratic commonwealth that stretched from north to south, a near-continent-wide Canada.

The article presents the idea that America’s founders were white, rebellious authoritarians who were not unlike the reformers in Communist China. Citing two films — The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ — the author wrote that these movies are “good at reminding us of the core violence in our favorite myths”.

The progressive narrative is that Christianity and America are a myth. The Left only has to declare it to make it so. Neither reasoning nor rationale are required to convince half the population that these things are true; and the author (confident that Christianity has been debunked) concludes:

“The Revolution remains the last bulwark of national myth.”

Satan was a progressive in the Garden when he tempted Eve. He was a progressive in the wilderness when he tempted Christ. Abortion is progressive. Gay marriage is progressive. Feminism is progressive. Euthanasia is progressive. Legalization of marijuana is progressive.

Racism and sexism are progressive if used as a weapon against white males.

No nation, no man or woman, no race or color is without sin. The question then becomes — to whom do we seek redemption? Do we serve God or the state? Christians who are apolitical correctly believe that man was created to serve God therefore it is not important to be civic-minded. That is a very sound argument, but it disregards (in context) that first century Christians did not have voting rights.

Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but ideas. The progressive world view dominates our institutions both public and private. Christians have the power to exercise influence socially and politically. Said Pastor Jeremiah, “I can endorse a candidate, and not worry about being silenced.”

The one thing that I strongly recommend — if at all possible — is to withdraw your children from the public school system. Explore the options of homeschooling, or vouchers to attend a private institution.

My prayer is that the LORD will claim our youth, and raise them up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6).

May the Holy Spirit be poured out upon this nation for restoration and revival … to the glory of God Almighty.

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