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Summary: Within the last 50 years there has been a straight jacket/muzzle placed upon the Christian Community & pulpits when it comes to her being involved in the civil arena (from the outside but often from the within our own ranks).

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O Brother, Where Art Thou in Civil Government

(Inspired by David Barton’s book, The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government)

July 1, 2012 * FBC Chester, IL * Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction

A Within the last 50 years there has been a straight jacket/muzzle placed upon the Christian Community & pulpits when it comes to her being involved in the civil arena (from the outside but often from the within our own ranks).

1 Many have embraced a concept of compartmentalization. (Many keep their faith in one arena, real life in another, and the two should never meet.)

a We have one set of faith & values in church and then divorce those same faith & values in the civil arena.

b The Bible rejects this concept of compartmentalization and for generations so did Christians, churches, & pastors.

2 This message will offend some (it is not aim to offend), anger some (it is not aim to anger).

a God sent prophets, called/anointed men of God, repeatedly to confront civil leaders.

b Elijah to Ahab & Jezebel; Samuel to Saul; Nathan & Gad to King David; Isaiah to Manasseh, Jeremiah to Josiah, . . .

aa When a called/anointed man of God gives his thoughts, convictions that have been formed from God’s Word, forged out of His time in the secret place . . . you might want to pay attention, listen because you may gain something of great value & learn something of massive significance.

bb There is no biblical model where God has His ministers remain silent in the civil arena, civil leaders, or civil issues.

3 I want to teach you what the Bible says about your role/responsibility as one who has simultaneous duel citizenship (heaven & earth).

a Matt. 22, Jesus was asked if it was alright to pay taxes to which He replied,

21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." Matt 22:21 (NASB)

b Jesus isn’t saying avoid/abstain from the governmental arena, rather we have responsibilities in both of them (heaven & earth)

c Romans 13.3-6, Paul writes three times that civil servants are “ministers of God.”

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Romans 13:3-6 (NASB)

aa Significant when you consider that of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, over ½ were educated in schools established for the purpose of training ministers for the Gospel.

bb In today’s vernacular they had degrees from seminary or Bible College.


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