Summary: It is inconceivable that God would have ordained government and then have His people stay out of it! And if we stay out of it, then I ask - who does that leave running this country? Use your head!
What are our duties, responsibilities and right In America? Why have so many Christians dropped out of sight and stepped back from speaking out on the major issues that America faces today?
4 Reasons Why Christians Have Dropped Out From The Social Issues Plaguing Our Nation:
a. They See Involvement As The “Social Gospel”.
They say, “We can’t substitute culture for Calvary!" But isn’t Calvary for the culture?
b. They Have Given Up Hope.
Isn’t that a hunker down mentality?
c. They See Politics As Dirty.
They say, "Our kingdom is not this world."
Jehovah witnesses take this thinking! The great tennis player Serena Williams told reporters at Wimbledon last week that she was excited about Barrack Obama’s presidential candidacy. However, she won’t vote for anyone since she is a Jehovah’s Witness, and said “We don’t get involved in politics.”
So, why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses vote? It’s because of their misinterpretation of… John 17:14 “Jesus says of his followers, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
d. They Are Intimidated.
The ACLU has bluffed up and blown us out of sight. The ACLU has accomplished a major goal – making Christians think we have no rights! Social tyrants and religious terrorists wants us to sit down, shut down and force us back to our little stain glass prisons!
If anyone of these points describes your thinking today, I ask, “Where do we get the answers to our problems?” Politicians? Humanist Atheists? Demonic philosophers? Muslims and terrorist? God forbid!
Get this – Australia Prime Minister John Howard finally had enough of being told what Australia should do by Muslims who want to live under Sharia Law! He spoke out last week on television saying…
“Immigrants, not Australians must adapt. Take it or leave it. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.”
“This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.”
“We speak mainly English, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society learn the language!”
“Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.”
“It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.”
“...We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.”
“This is our country, our land, and our lifestyle, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our Christian beliefs, or our way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom - the right to leave!”
1. Human Government Exists To Ordain Rulers. Vs. 1b
Daniel 2:21 “As He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings.”
Romans 9:17 “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” NIV
Pontius Pilate washes his hands of the issue regarding Jesus and his pending death as Jesus said John 19:11 “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given to you from above.”
Even under the wicked Roman government rule of the day of the Bible, Paul says “If you resist the authority you resist the ordinance of God!”
2. Human Government’s Responsibilities.
a. To Restrain Evil. Vs. 3, 4
How many of you have heard the statement, “You can’t legislate morality”? This is absolutely true! But there’s not a law on this earth that can make you moral! Listen we’ve got this mixed up – for too long we’ve been trying to make government make us good! Only God can do that!
Think of it this way – there’s not a law on this earth to make you love me, but there is a law to keep you from killing me!
KEY: We must get back to legislating against immorality!
May I go on the record as saying it is high time we begin saying something good about police officers across this country!
I ran across this editorial in the Sacramento Bee and I think it says it so good. “A police man is many things, a son, a brother, a father, an uncle. He is a protector in times of need and a comforter in times of sorrow. His job calls him to be a diplomat, psychologist, a lawyer and an inspiration…To often, acts of heroism go unnoticed and the truth is buried under all the criticism.”