Summary: How should a Christian stand when dealing with political issues.
Series: America, Bless God
Sermon Title: Do all to Stand
Sunday, October 23, 2004
Intro: “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do”
We have now reached the point when political debates deal essentially with the most fundamental matters of right and wrong, life and death, true and false, and are therefore incapable of being solved by negotiation and compromise.
- People feel very strongly on many issues such as: Economic policy, taxation, natural resources and the criminal justice system
o Nevertheless, our political process allows for considerable give and take in dealing with these issues, and, in the end, our political structures are generally able to find some ground for compromise, even on these contentious issues.
- When it comes to abortion, homosexuality, marriage, and the deep questions of morality, compromise fails as a means of settling disputes and reaching a political resolution.
o Take abortion, for example. While the pro-abortion side reduces the issue to liberation for women and freedom from unwanted pregnancy, pro-life advocates begin with the non-negotiable premise that human life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. For both sides, compromise is anathema.
o The same pattern of intractable controversy and irresolvable division is encountered in debates over same-sex marriage, the normalization of homosexuality, and a host of issues from embryonic stem-cell research to euthanasia.
Compromise simply isn’t an option for real Christians.
The determination needed from Christians is a constant, it isn’t only an “election year” conviction.
Let’s look at the nature of this conflict and get a picture of what is really going on in our culture today:
Text: Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 5:15 CEV Act like people with good sense and not like fools. 16 These are evil times, so make every minute count. 17 Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.
I. This is a Spiritual battle
a. Spiritual war for the hearts of man
I spent the better part of the last two days working on installing a new steel door to the outside entrance to my basement. The original door was a security nightmare. The lock was worthless and half the door was glass. Any one with intend for harm could have been in my house in seconds. What difference did it make if we locked the front door with a door like this only a few feet away.
i. If we forget that this is a spiritual battle at it’s core, we loose the power from God we need more than anything.