Prophetic words are used as king makers, scripture twisted as a call to arms. The enemy is no longer Satan but those who oppose our point of view. Our allies are now those who pay lip service to any one of our causes. We consider all who say they support Christian values as godly followers of Christ that deserve our unfaltering devotion and blind support.
No one likes to choose the wrong side.
I hate being wrong. We should all hate being wrong. It is part of our design to want to avoid being wrong and choose what is right. The problem is not founded on the perfection of God’s design for His creation but instead it is rooted in the perversion of it. The deep down desire placed in us by God to be right in His eyes is played on by the evil one so that when we are wrong we will seek to make it look like we are right.
Our ego and our pride demand that we never look bad. Our desire to look smart can blind us from the truth and/or cause us to create a new truth. Before long a legend has been created based not on the facts of individual situations but rather on Christianizing the person or group to the point where they are seen as beyond reproach.
Simple plan for getting the Christian vote and their unwavering support.
If you are a supporter of Israel, not God’s chosen people but the protection of the current country, you are rewarded with status and even toted as the chosen one of God (unless you’re a Democrat).
If you oppose abortion you are seen as a Christian regardless of the sins you have refused to repent of and may even continue to commit.
If you associate with the political party that has been elevated to the rank of God’s party (Republican), your actions should not be questioned and your character should remain unchallenged.
Can’t we support what is right without Christianizing a person or movement?
My best guess is that next to no one reading this blog would suggest that Judas was a great man, one to be revered for his contributions to our faith. At the same time it is difficult to deny his crucial role in our salvation. Judas placed Jesus into the hands of those who killed Him. God used Judas but I assume no one would call him a Christian.
Russia was part of the reason that Hitler was stopped. Communist Russia helped to defeat a regime that sought to kill Jews. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone outside of the ruling elites and communist dictators that would elevate Stalin to sainthood or embrace his model of governance and yet he played an important part in saving many who the Bible calls Israel.
The Bible was never to be a defence of wrong.
Everyone will play a part in God’s plan. Some will be like the Apostles while others will be like the Pharisees but all will be used by God. Some will be like King David, a flawed man who pursued godliness and repented when he failed while others will be like the Dali Lama, living lives that promote peace but never embracing the Prince of Peace. Still, all will be weaved into God’s plan.
We must stop attaching the designation Christian to those who share our view on an issue. We must stop assigning special status to groups or political parties that cater to the base we belong to. We must stop trying to Christianize the truth by crowning heroes of the faith who continue on unrepentant of the wrongs that they have done and then viciously attacking anyone who dares to question their character.
Life is full of bad people who do good things and good people who do bad things.
I don’t need to create a prophetic connection to justify my support of an action/policy that protects a group that needs protection.
I don’t need to proclaim someone is a Christian to justify my belief that their goals are in line with my Christian beliefs.
I don’t need to call others liars because they accuse my “guy” of bad behaviour.
I don’t need to create a narrative that takes the truth about wrongdoing and excuses it because I believe that the person’s platform is in line with Christian values.
I must be able to support the good and call out the bad.
This is inspired by current events but not meant to take sides. There are good godly leaders who do bad and there are those who do not fear God who do good. There are planned political attacks that are based fully in truth and there are planned attacks that are created around fabrications.
- God does not pledge allegiance to any political party or leader.
- God does not judge wrong based on how much right is done in other areas.
- God does not Christianize the Truth to make us ignore what is wrong.
The person whose politics comes closest to God’s standards still falls short.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
We should never forget that politics is about getting elected at any cost. There are very few that wouldn’t sell their own mother for a chance at power. Pray for their salvation regardless of political affiliation or perceived godlessness, we all need Jesus.
Note: I am not a Democrat or a Republican, I am not even an American but we are starting to see the same political climate here in Canada
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Excellent point. It has been frustrating to see the us vs them played out to make the one evil and the other righteous. Love your perspective!
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Amen. Politics will not save us, only God can.
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