Editors Note: I published this post a few months ago, but oddly it has been removed from the site. Recently I heard Pastor David Barton make the following statement and decided to revise and re-post this article.
“There is no disputing, America has been the most successful most prosperous, and long lasting nation in the world. [This success can be traced back to the beginning where the Founding Fathers negotiated and implemented the constitution and six principles of the Declaration that were founded on Judeo Christian principles.] (added for emphases)
We have to go back to those original principles or we will never rebuild the nation.
Six principles of the Declaration– There is a God — God gives rights — government exist to protect the rights that God gives – If we don’t get those three things right then you won’t have liberty.
Then you have to thrown in the fourth that there is a moral law, and the fifth is below the moral law, the people get to govern, because it is below the moral law, and sixth is if the government doesn’t do the right thing then they have a right to get a new government.
That’s the whole philosophy of the declaration, encapsulating the constitution, and that’s what we have to rally around if we want to recover our nation.”
Our nation has become so corrupt that it is on the edge of destruction.
There are many Christians in today’s churches that believe church and politics should be kept separate. But politics is part of our Christian spiritual responsibility.
Following is a biblical historical event, based on one short scripture that parallels today’s State of affairs.
With so much information both true and false, available through the news media, talk shows and the internet, how is a person to know how God would choose leaders for His nation?
Following is a short scripture in the bible that teaches us everything we need to know.
“They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. Hosea 8:4
When we study Hosea 8:4 and understand God’s motive for a brutal judgment that was brought on Israel for choosing leaders which did not meet with His approval, we can realize God’s simple formula for choosing leaders for His nation.
This scripture shows us three absolutes when a nation and it’s leaders reach a certain level of corruption.
1. “They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not . . .” Hosea 8:4
In this scripture God is speaking in anger. “Against me and without my approval you’ve appointed unholy people to lead my nation”. The nation of Israel had become morally corrupt to the point that even those that claimed to follow Him no longer followed His command to appoint Christians to lead the nation.
It was too late to change because God had already brought a brutal judgment against them.
LOOK WHAT HAPPENED WHEN CHRISTIANS REFUSED TO STAND UP FOR GODS LAWS AND MORAL ISSUES IN THE 50′s & 60′s -
Abortion was legalized resulting in over fifty-five million babies’ deaths to date. God had a purpose for every one of them. How many would have been preachers or faithful servants telling others of Christ?
Separation of church and state was redefined and made law. It is now being used to fight any public display of God in our society. Not one Christian organization opposed it.
It was used to eliminate school prayer, and strip the Ten Commandments from their walls, resulting in a sharp rise in violent crime, the divorce rate and teen suicides.
Those laws were passed because there were more non-Christians than there were Christians that were passing the laws and appointing the judges at that time. How sad God must feel, and angry He must be with America whom He has so abundantly blessed.
The appointing of Supreme Court Judges in this administration may well be the most important decision in this generation. If liberal politicians and judges gain control of our nation, hate crime bills will punish our preachers for teaching the true Word, same sex marriage will and is already becoming legal, and we will lose everything we have worked for in the last three and a half decades.
Charles Finney (1792 – 1875), explained the importance of Christian political involvement and is more relevant today than before – “Politics are part of a religion in such a country as this and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they (Christians) take.”
2. ” . . .of their silver and their gold have they made them idols. . .” Hosea 8:4 (your money was more important to you than your moral beliefs)
Anything that you put ahead of God is considered idolatry. It is so easy to put your SPECIAL INTEREST ahead of the commandments of the Bible without even realizing it.
SENIOR CITIZENS: My Mother voted for Bill Clinton for his second term for fear that she would lose her social security check (idolatry – her special interest). Ads flooded the airways warning that if she voted against him, her SS checks would be taken from her. Even one of her children joined in on this campaign of fear. She was very old and very afraid.
However, she had spent most of her 90 years as a devoted and practicing Christian and should have known that any candidate that supported abortion, homosexuality and “separation of church and state” that was used to eliminate God and Christian values in public and society in general, would not meet God’s approval. And should have known to vote for the Christian candidate and trusted God to guide him.
LABOR UNION MEMBERS: It amazes me how many very good Christian friends that I know for a fact live their lives every day committed to practice the knowledge they receive from the Word, but have allowed the labor unions to convince them to vote for candidates which they must know does not meet God’s approval. This makes them guilty of putting their money ahead of Christian values and is considered idolatry according to this scripture.
RACIAL ETHNIC GROUPS: African Americans and Hispanics will be the two largest minority-voting blocks in the 2014 election. A Christian Hispanic may be a devoted and practicing saint, yet vote for a politician that is for amnesty, or a American Indian may vote for a candidate running on a platform to legalize gambling that they know would not meet God’s approval.
Pamela G. Wilson, former black journalist and author of the new book “Finding Soul Brothers: Dismantling Black Christian Racialism,” spoke to The Christian Post to give her input on black unity versus faith in the African American community.
She was asked, why do black Christians vote against their values? Her reply is as follows:
“Wilson: Here’s why. It all goes back to black unity. If you go back to things that are most important to a particular voting demographic, like African Americans, the things that are most important to them are issues of affirmative action, civil rights, equality in the United States and all these different things that they believe they have fought for so many years. . .
. . . People just jump on the black bandwagon at the expense of their faith. Civil rights is an important issue but I think people need to look past that, particularly if you are a Christian and espouse the belief that God will help you overcome all your obstacles.”
Many black preachers have allowed their emotion of love for their people to deceive them into leading their flock in the ways of the world, giving material possessions precedence over the teaching of the Word of God, and eagerly sends them to the polls to vote against the teaching of the Bible, which has brought us where we are today. A society weak in moral standards, content to accept abortion, homosexuality and separation of God from our schools and civil affairs, as a trade off for material and financial security, and because of it the generations that follow will suffer.
THE CHURCH: One of the great sins of many of today’s churches is their implementation of the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in their ministry.
Though their intentions were to be good stewards of the Lord’s money, many have allowed it to stifle the command of Gods Word to teach their people to appoint Godly leaders to lead his nations.
The bible teaches us that when we put our money above God it is considered a form of idolatry. This includes the church.
The first step to freedom to teach the true Word is to relinquish the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in the church (IRS rules restrict political endorsements and other partisan speech from the pulpit).
Freedom is more important than “financial benefit.”
It was implemented into legislation to shut down the voices of churches.
Freedom is more important than to choose a deduction where the government gives the church permission to say what God wants said.
And giving isn’t about getting the governments permission about what to preach but instead, it is God’s.
It’s not the responsibility or right of any government official or agency to tell the church what they can or can’t preach in their church.
Most churches use their money for staff, overhead, and ministries, so there is little left over to pay taxes on, so it’s really not worth giving up our religious freedom for the tax breaks.
What we say and do in our churches should be based on our faith and not by the government’s limits on our freedom.
One day those preachers will be held accountable. — In Hosea 4:6 we find God admonishing the preachers for not teaching the true word. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
3. “. . .that they may be cut off.” Hosea 8:4
Cut off from what? — From God’s protection. When we appoint non-Christians to lead us we literally bring about our own destruction. The more we fall into social moral decay, the less protection we receive from God.
Every civilization that has fallen in the past was eliminated when they reached a certain level of social corruption.
Why would we think God would treat us any different?
However, as in Hosea, Israel fell numerous times when they allowed their culture to become corrupt. But each time God restored and blessed them when they decided to put Him first, choosing to do the things that met with His approval.
HOW DO I DECIDE?
· Know your candidate. Choose the candidate most likely to vote a Christian moral agenda.
· Don’t let candidates, the news media, or friends and relatives confuse you with rhetoric, even if it promotes your special interest.
All you need to know is,” does the candidate promote a Christian moral agenda?” How does he vote on abortion issues? How does he feel about homosexual behavior? What’s his perspective on the relationship between God and government?
· Be careful. Many talk show host are social conservatives, not Christian conservatives. Though they profess to be Christians, they will promote their special interest like the economy and national security over Christian values and will promote a moderate Christian over a fundamental Christian. They trust themselves instead of scripture.
· Don’t be afraid to vote your Christian morals. Trust God. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (everything else will fall into place).
“I think it’s very important that 2014 is a pivotal year in American history — and pastors and churches will play a significant role in the direction of America,”
This scripture makes it clear that if we don’t return to a moral society, our nation will fall.
That can happen if we don’t choose to get involved.
Every great and good change in society has been lead by men of the cloth, boldly preaching the Word of God and applying it to the civil affairs of their time.
If we are to win this war on religious freedom and civil order, it must start in the church.