To proclaim the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "true truth," and to disciple and encourage people to grow in faith and participate in influencing their culture.
Romans 13:4 tells us that
government authority exists for our good. But good must be defined by
Scripture; otherwise it becomes subjective and will be determined by the
majority will. If no one explains what God expects in governing, then government
officials will have an excuse to legislate their own morality. Christians as
citizens in the state within which God placed them must therefore be actively
involved in politics for its own good. 1 Peter 2:14 further explains that government
is to punish those who do evil and praise those who do good. Again the question
of the definition of good arises. Unless magistrates receive counsel from the
religious community, mayors, senators, or presidents will not understand God’s
view of good and evil or right and wrong.
Throughout history God has involved
His people in advising or warning secular rulers. Daniel told King
Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful ruler on earth at the time: “Therefore, O
king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing
righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that
there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity” (Daniel 4:27 ESV). Joseph, as Egypt’s
second-in-command, often advised Pharaoh. Moses confronted the Pharaoh and demanded freedom for the Israelites. Queen Esther influenced King Ahasuerus and her guardian, Mordecai, became counselor to him.
In the New Testament, John
the Baptist confronted officials about morals, even scolding Herod the tetrarch
“for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the evil things that Herod had done”
(Luke 3:19). In Acts 24, Paul addresses
the Roman governor Felix “about righteousness, self-control, and the coming
judgment.” Paul held Felix accountable for his conduct as a public officeholder
and wife stealer. It is clear that Paul captured the governor’s attention, for
in verse 25, Felix was disturbed and sent Paul away.
The “God is
dead” movement of the 1960’s attempted to make God irrelevant to the culture. Once
God is removed from civic life, the remaining two characters - the individual
and the state – will be free to determine their own morality. In other words,
without Christian involvement in politics, there will be no counterbalance to the
government’s declaration of what is best for the people. And what will and has
occurred is the redefining of moral conduct. What was the old immorality is now
the new politically correct morality. Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call
good evil and evil good.”
The Christian religion has always
been the basis for judging this nation’s beliefs and values. The founding
fathers understood a moral government is based in the Judeo-Christian ethic. When values are debated in government, religion is at the core - whether it be Judeo-Christian or Secular Humanism. When the Christian religion is banished from the public sector,
then the vacuum created will be filled by paganism and religious secularism.
are citizens of two kingdoms – the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the state
or nation that God has placed them. They have a duty to be involved for the betterment
of man and the preaching of the gospel. Ephesians 5:11 exhorts us not to
participate in evil, but to expose it. How can evil be exposed if Christians
run from involvement in the society in which they live? We are called to be in
the world, but not of it; and being in it is to influence it for Christ. In
America one of the influences we are given is the vote; and therefore we are to
exercise it for righteousness sake.
Proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "truetruth,"andtodiscipleandencouragepeopletogrowinfaithandparticipateininfluencingtheirculture.