Monthly Archives: June 2015
God has established that marriage is the first and most important building block of civilization. From the beginning of recorded history throughout all cultures, it has been understood as a union between a man and a woman without question. Just fifteen years ago same sex marriage was unfathomable. Today five justices have decided that nearly everyone on earth prior to this ruling was wrong. Furthermore, they have decided that God was wrong. If they can change the definition of marriage what’s to stop them from going through the whole dictionary and doing the same?
This ruling provides a major tool for those desiring to crush the Church. What other institution will offer resistance to this ruling with any fervor? By so doing, the Church will give opportunity to be marginalized and punished by the state and society.
The question that I’m raising is will the Sunday sermon stay the same? Will the pastors see the extreme danger that this ruling brings and remain silent? Will the congregation be lulled into an even deeper sleep with the indifference, or will the leadership spark an equal or greater reaction?
For a leader to understand this as anything other than open war against the Church should be a disqualifier at this stage of the game. I’m not trying to beat up on pastors, but hoping to challenge old mindsets that have caused us to forget that we are supposed to be proactively extending the Kingdom of God into the institutions of men as well as to the individual. This is a direct result of being spiritually side tracked which leads to our absence in the political system. The pastors have the commissioning, they have the people, they have the message, but do they have the will?
I’m not advocating seizing political power, but I am advocating that the Christian people inject sound kingdom principles into the political arena in order to yield those results that have made us great in the past. That will also mean that Christian people with a Christian worldview run for every office from dog catcher to president. It is the truths of the Christian belief that will bring good fruit.
The Springfield, MO City Council will decide if the statement “In God We Trust” will be placed in the chamber.
As stated in The Founders’ Bible, “This is a Christian nation. In this great country of ours has been demonstrated the fundamental unity of Christianity and democracy.’ (Harry Truman). Numerous other presidents have also affirmed that America is a Christian nation, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, Zachery Taylor, James A. Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Why would something that is so deeply imbedded in our history and culture be so controversial?
The word democracy simply means the people rule. Our use of the word democracy represents the method of how we elect leaders and make laws. We in America have been reasonably successful up to this point, because we have a system of laws that govern us and our leaders are subject to those same laws listed in the Constitution. This makes us a republic. The democratic process is subject to the idea that we are a republic. This form of government has the ability to take the power out of the hands of the king or oligarchy. I know that these principles have eroded, but for the sake of argument this is our stated form of government.
Our government rests upon the principles found in the Holy Scriptures and to sever ourselves from this truth will undermine all that we stand for and all that we have accomplished. All of the pioneers and framers of this great nation understood that God the Creator was their source of inspiration. My fear for the republic is that if we become disconnected from the source, we disconnect from the blessings.
In God we trust is imbedded on our monuments, written in our preambles and declarations, plastered all over our state houses, sung in our anthems; so what’s the problem with reinforcing that truth for our posterity to remember and embrace? Can not wanting this monument be construed as a statement of wanting to hide God from our children?
Francis Schaffer stated that, “When Biblical Christianity ceased to provide the conscience for German society, when political and economic chaos as well as moral permissiveness prevailed, the stage was set for the Nazi movement.” May God forbid that we go down that path.
I’m concerned for Springfield over this matter. More than any time in American history are we in need for reinforcing our foundations. This is a great opportunity for the Church to stand up and be relevant to the culture. With much conviction and humility I strongly urge the pastors and congregants to call, write, and email your councilmen and women to support “In God we trust.”
CUPA (Christians Uniting for Political Action)