Politics is Vital to Christians in America

My Friends,
I come to you asking for a few moments of your time regarding the state of our nation.  I am worried over the direction some influential people are pushing America.  Finally acting on this worry, I wrote the following.  I hope that no matter your specific opinions on the topic, you can find for yourself, as I have, that this particular topic is one of the utmost import to everybody in America today.
Thank you for the time you take to read this, and I pray that you feel as I do, and are compelled to pass this along to everyone you know.  I pray this topic ignites like a wildfire and sweeps across our nation…if doing nothing at all but inspiring people to research for themselves what they read about here.
Again, thank you for your consideration, and I welcome any feedback as well as information about how many you might have sent this on to.

Sincerely,
Kevin Harris

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Politics Is Vital To Christians In America

Some in our media today would say that politics is separate from our nation’s relationship with God.  Some would even go so far as to say God has no place in politics.  As a matter of fact, politics and the political system as we know it in America today is of vital and crucial importance to not only our lives, but to our very freedom in worshiping God.

I might be preaching to the choir here, but I don’t think so.  Why you ask?  Well who are “we”?  We are the “Silent Majority” right?  Those in America today who would rather live and let live than get involved.  Right?  Those who are incredibly tolerant of other people’s views and opinions, right?  That’s us.  What if those views are wrong?  Well, we say “I think you’re wrong, but I don’t want to argue with you because it just gets too vicious, so I will still believe that you are wrong, but keep quiet because I don’t feel like arguing.”  How many of us today can say that is the path we take almost every day in life?  Well that path has led us to the point we are at today.  The point in which a majority of people in our country today believe “separation of church and state” is a phrase that is in our Constitution!

Show me where in the Bible it tells us to not preach the Word of God because the resulting conflict of ideas is one that should be avoided.  What was Jesus’ task given to us all?  Let me remind everybody…Matthew 28: 19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Why are we the “silent majority” when Jesus told us to go teach?  Oh because the “silent majority” refers to politics, and that isn’t in the realm of Jesus’ teachings.  Uh huh…right…

What is America then, if not a representation of the teachings of Jesus?

Wait…what did he just say?  Yeah, you read that right.  We are the shining light on the hill, America is literally a beacon in the night.  Why?

We are a Christian nation.

No, that can’t be…what about the so called “separation of church and state”?  Well how about a quick history lesson…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Ring a bell?  That statement right there is one which launched a new age in our world, one that brought about a nation founded upon the rule of law like none the world had seen.  Why?  Because this nation’s rule of law was founded upon the ultimate law of God!  Another history lesson…

“…the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

Our nation’s founders saw that our laws were derived from the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.  God was not some abstract thing to be studied in a classroom or heard about in church, then left in a pew…He is so commonplace referred to in this line from the Declaration of Independence that He almost seems irrelevant to most who read it…some sort of “old time reference”, but oh how wrong!

Edmund Burke said “There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equality…the law of nature and of nations.”

Why is the law important to Americans?  Because that is what a republic is!  The very meaning of the word republic is “of the law”.  We are a nation founded upon laws, because our founders recognized that no one man, or group of men, could rule without abusing that power.  So we checked that abuse of power with the law.  You’ve heard that “no one is above the law” right?  Equate the law with God and you have a statement that is of double the import!

Have you made the connection yet, the connection between politics and Christianity in America?  Lets spell it out…

All law in America is derived from God’s law.  Our nation was founded upon this law, hence “life, liberty, pursuit of happiness”.  Take God out of the equation, and what do you have?

The law of man.

Oh now that can’t be so bad, can it?  I mean, man is basically good right?  How many times through history have we seen what the law of man can do to a population?  How many atrocities have been committed in the pursuance of this false “law”, when that law is interpreted or even preached by man, and not coming from God?  Without the bedrock that the law of God provides us to build upon, the shifting sands man places underneath himself will be quickly washed away when the tides of a harsh reality come calling.

Given all you have read, I dare you to argue that a Christian in America today is one who stands aside and lets the law of our Creator be trampled upon by men who would tell you that God does not belong in the governance of our nation.  A Godless nation is one which invents its own laws, one which has no inherent rights or liberties.

For every time we bow our head when challenged on the relevance of God in our nation, we allow the law of man to win, and in truth, the law of Satan; a law of lies and deceit, of relativistic truth with no anchor with which to hold true.

So then I challenge you, as some have already done, but I take it a step further.  I challenge you to not only argue politics with your friends and neighbors, but to argue God.  Think of this every time you hear about the Ten Commandments being pulled down in our schools, or about your vote as it is cast for a representative who does not acknowledge God as the ultimate source of our liberty and freedom in this nation.

Now, go ahead and tell me politics is not vital to Christians in America.

I don’t want you to take my word for it, let our nation’s history speak for itself.

“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

“July 4th ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

-John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress

“…Lastly and chiefly the way to prosper and achieve good success is to make yourselves all of one mind for the good of your country and your own, and to serve and fear God the Giver of all Goodness, for every plantation which our Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted out.”

-The First Charter of Virginia (granted by King James I, on April 10, 1606)

 

“Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another.”

-The Mayflower Compact (authored by William Bradford) 1620

 

“God governs in the affairs of man.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.  I firmly believe this.  I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

-Benjamin Franklin in the Constitutional Convention of 1787

 

“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

-Patrick Henry, “Orator of the Revolution,” May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses

 

“God who gave us life gave us liberty.  And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

-Thomas Jefferson (excerpt inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial, from Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia)

 

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches.  He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read Isaiah 33:22“For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us.”

 

“I do not mean to exclude books of history, poetry, or even fables from our schools.  They may and should be read frequently by our young people, but if the Bible is made to give way to them altogether, I foresee that is will be read in a short time only in churches and in a few years will probably be found only in the offices of magistrates and in courts of Justice.”

-Benjamin Rush (1786), on the importance of the Bible in education

 

“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.  With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion…”, “…reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…”

-Farewell Address of George Washington

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