Sacred Causes through Earthly Powers?
It is neither novel to articulate that we live amidst the darkening twilight of Christendom nor new to affirm that the power to rekindle civilization lies in the true Church of Jesus Christ However, how is this to be accomplished? Today many Evangelicals are suggesting that the church utilize political participation and sociological maneuvering to return our country to biblical morality. I tend to agree with the desired ends but wonder about the associations used for the means.
I am in opposition to same-sex marriage, transgender identity adjustment, abortion, and other key moral problems threatening our culture. I am appalled by the moral decay, philosophical utilitarianism, and pragmatism that rule the thinking of most of our political leaders, even those who name the name of Christ as their savior.
I desire freedom of religion for all Americans without being held hostage by any. But it appears that we have forgotten to ask a very important question; "What is the ultimate power and means to accomplish the ultimate goal?" It seems to me that it is the Gospel that is the power of God that can change lives, Romans 1:16-17. Paul did not tell the church to link up with the Jews to participate in a geo-political maneuver to fix the social corruption of Rome. Paul did not ask the church to participate in overthrowing the Roman government but instead "preached Christ crucified" as the answer to a lost and dying world; i.e. the Gospel.
Is it true that the power for this social agenda is to come from political-religious alignment? One wonders if sacred causes come through worldly powers. It seems that true change will only come from the Lord Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit in His people. The Great Commission still stands as our marching orders from the true head of the Body, not a Western Pope or Eastern Patriarch.
I am aware that we are to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. I do not see the word "compromise" as a term that is fundamentally evil when used in the right context. I am concerned about our country and its moral decay. It seems that modern man does not have the capacity even to measure his descent and degradation. I feel tremendous blame is to be leveled against the evangelical church for its arrogance and for its blatant participation in worldly behavior as predicted by Richard Quebedeaux in his book; The Worldly Evangelicals in the early 1970's, as well as the failure to heed the warning issued by Richard Weaver in, Ideas Have Consequences in 1948.
If the goal is to provide conservative, social / moral change for this country by protecting religious rights then societal change can be accomplished in many ways. The birth and growth of the modern political conservative party by the likes of Edmund Burke, Friedrich Hayek, Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver, and William Buckley provided a strong platform for religious freedom. The political arm has a place, as Mark Hatfield and Richard Halverson demonstrated in the United States Senate. But there is always a danger of unintended consequences. Ultimately sacred causes cannot truly be accomplished by worldly powers.
I wish to repudiate evil and return to the goodness that made this country great for its people, brought glory to God, and spread the Gospel of salvation to the world. In a
day in which we see political utilitarianism, religious pluralism, and soteriological inclusivism gaining acceptability, we must think carefully so as not to confuse or
compromise the glorious grace of the Gospel of God. For it is the power unto salvation.
After all, we must never forget that the devil is an angel of light and functions
as a liar and a counterfeit. As the Lutheran sociologist Peter Berger stated, "He who sups with the devil must make sure to use a very long spoon."
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Until He comes for us,