I am serious, what is a believer to do in this political, social, and economic war that is transpiring in America? Does the Bible give any guidelines as to what we are to do? Are we relegated to just accepting what transpires and hope for the best simply riding out the storm? Are we to engage in the political dialogue and invest our time and energy in the political realm or confine ourselves to matters spiritual and leave the politics to the politicians? Is the Church mandated to divest itself of all matters political and allow the world to decide what transpires politically?
I have been castigated by believers calling themselves ‘true prophets’ and others who believe they have the answers and my involvement in the political is in error. I had one tell me, “This war is not natural but spiritual therefore a believer should not be involved except in prayer.” I would love for that to be the truth but find it incredibly difficult based on numerous passages of scripture and what I see in this world. I want to be obedient to God and His Word. I do not want to be in error therefore I ask the question, “What is a believer to do in this war?”
Please understand, that while I welcome all input and can take criticism and even being vilified over my views, I am not trying to create a debate. I desire to present what I believe and if you believe it valid it can give you some peace and comfort. If you believe it in error, hopefully, it will cause you to delve into the Word of God and research the matter more deeply. If you are totally convinced that I am heretical, then reject it and pray for me.
One of the passages that I felt the Holy Spirit wanted me to consider was in Luke 19:13 where the nobleman went into a far country to expand his assets. He gave his servants a sum of money and instructed them to do business until he returned. I believe that his parable was an illustration of what the church was to do until Jesus returns. The King James Version uses the words, “Occupy till I come.”
That poses a very intriguing consideration, what does the world occupy mean? If we follow the parable and the natural element, we realize that it was not simply ‘hold the fort, hide away somewhere and pray.’ No, the nobleman demanded from those he had entrusted with money that they were to account for what they had done or not done in His absence. If we see that as an illustration of what God expects from us we will realize that through the Blood of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit we have been given gifts and talents and are to utilize them until the very day that Jesus returns.
That suggests that we cannot sit on the sidelines and observe or simply command the evil in this world to stop being evil. The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4 advised that we are the ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. I do not remember who said it, but it might have been Leonard Ravenhill, “The church wants to be raptured from its responsibility.” Sadly, too many believers have believed the position of the secular world that there is to be an impenetrable wall of separation between the Church and the Government.
Someone said, “We are what we tolerate.” That is a powerful statement and reflective of the lack of involvement of the believers in the affairs of government. Politics involves life and we are commissioned to be watchmen on the walls and war of wickedness. Another statement I heard recently is, “When the church gets out of anything darkness comes in.” We are to be salt and light! We are to resist the devil while first seeking God! We are to pray for the Kingdom to come and the will of God to be done on this earth as it is in heaven!
I totally agree that this is a Spiritual War, not a carnal one. I totally agree that we have weapons of warfare that are mighty through God and we cannot fight this fight using only natural weapons and tactics. According to 1 Corinthians 3:9, we are “Laborers together with God…” The battle we now face is a spiritual battle, a war between good and evil. However, if we attempt to confine ourselves to the four walls of the church and the prayer closet, evil will prevail.
I was told, “God does not need man, so stop trying to do it for Him?” I agree, God does not NEED man. He could do everything without any involvement from us. He could, but He does not. If God says we are to be laborers TOGETHER with Him that reveals that He intends for us to be part of the process.
If I were to adopt the philosophy that a Christian should not be involved in anything political and that we are to sit back and wait for God to DO IT FOR US, I would have to change my doctrinal views on numerous fronts. If there is no involvement from man, then what is the purpose of preaching? God doesn’t need us. If there is no involvement desired or required for us, then why pray for the Kingdom to Come and the Will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Bill Gothard said years ago, “What we allow in moderation our children will do in excess.” That has proven to be a reality. Edmund Burke is reported to have said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I go to God’s Word and history to determine what role I am to play in the political process and the struggle for Freedom. God’s Word is the ultimate authority and history reveals the views of our Founding Fathers regarding the involvement of religion in politics. It reveals the views of the Founders as to the importance of God in our Republic.
In 1787, the year that the American Constitution was written and approved by Congress that same body of Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance. In that ordnance, they outlawed slavery in the Northwest Territory. But they also enunciated the basic rights of citizens in language similar to the Bill of Rights. They emphasized the essential need to teach religion and morality in schools.
Article 3: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” I call to your attention three things they declared that were to be included in formal education. Religion, which they viewed as “a fundamental system of beliefs concerning man’s origin and relationship with the Creator, the cosmic universe, and his relationship with his fellowmen.” Morality, they viewed as “a standard of behavior distinguishing right from wrong.” Knowledge, “an intellectual awareness and understanding of established facts relating to any field of human experience or inquiry, i.e., history, geography, science. Etc.”
Jesus said in John 9:4 that we are to “carry out the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no man can work.” What is a believer to do in this war or struggle? What are we to do in this winter of darkness? What are we to do to bring about a springtime of light?
We must Pray and Seek the Face of God. We must recognize who we are and whose we are. We must understand the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but we have power and authority over the powers of darkness. We are to be the Enforcers of the Victory that Jesus won at Calvary. We must seek the Truth and seek to Educate as many as possible in that Truth. Truth about God and the government. We must proclaim that message everywhere we can. We must Invest our Time and Energy in seeking to establish righteousness in all phases of life and that must begin in us. We are to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.’
What are we to do? We are to stand in the Gap and Resist the onslaught of evil and overcome evil with good. We are to overcome lies with The Truth! We are to overcome darkness with the Light of God’s Love and Word. We are to BE the manifestation of His presence and representatives of His purposes. We must seek to Hear what He is saying and Do what He desires. God is the Living God and the Living God NEVER fails.
God bless you and God bless America!