A Note from the Publisher:
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS BY REV. MARK CREECH. REV. CREECH IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CHRISTIAN ACTION LEAGUE. THE CHRISTIAN ACTION LEAGUE OF NORTH CAROLINA IS A CHRISTIAN PUBLIC POLICY ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICALS FROM SEVENTEEN DENOMINATIONS IN THE TAR HEEL STATE….
ONE OF THE CHRISTIAN ACTION LEAGUE’S MOST IMPORTANT MINISTRIES IS TRAINING, DEVELOPING AND MOTIVATING FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST TO BE INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. JESUS COMMANDED BELIEVERS TO BE “SALT” AND “LIGHT” (MATTHEW 5:13–14). AS “SALT” CHRISTIANS HAVE A PERSEVERING EFFECT ON CULTURE – THEY KEEP THE WORLD FROM BECOMING COMPLETELY ROTTEN. AS “LIGHT” THEY EXPOSE THE EVILS OF THEIR DAY, AS WELL AS CHASE AWAY THE DARKNESS OF LIFE WITH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND THE LAW OF GOD.
THE CHRISTIAN ACTION LEAGUE EARNESTLY BELIEVES AND IS COMMITTED TO ITS SLOGAN: THE ONLY LASTING CURE FOR EVIL AND INJUSTICE IS CHRISTIAN ACTION.
Earlier this month, Episcopal Church leaders, at a meeting in Houston, Texas, decided same-sex couples will now be allowed to marry in any diocese, even if the local bishop morally objects to gay nuptials.
Currently, Albany, New York; Central Florida; Dallas, Texas; Florida; North Dakota; Springfield, Illinois; Tennessee; and the Virgin Islands – eight of the United States’ 101 Episcopal dioceses – do not authorize same-sex marriages.
Jeff Walton, an Anglican program director for the Institute on Religion & Democracy, said, “I think this is going to perpetuate the Episcopal Church’s decline that has already been underway for close to 20 years now, and we’ll probably see some people walking away from the Episcopal Church as a result of this.”
Surely, the state of true religion is in a bad way. Our nation is also far removed from its moral underpinnings. As goes the church, so goes the country.
Today it’s much like the situation described in Hosea chapter 4, where the prophet said that God had “a case against” Israel. He said there was “no truth, no faithful love, and no knowledge of God in the land!” Cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and sexual immorality were rampant; one act of bloodshed followed another.
The Lord laid much of the blame on the priests and the prophets of that era, charging that they were destroying the nation, their “mother.” God rejected them because they were derelict in their duty to him, failing to teach the “knowledge” of God to their posterity. Instead, they encouraged others to sin to satisfy their own appetites. Through sexual indulgence and insobriety, sanctioned by religion, the people had lost their ability to think straight.
Doesn’t that sound a lot like America today?
May God forgive me for my many shortfalls. But when I survey the landscape of church leadership, most apparent are the Bishops of spiritual and sexual idolatry, Vicars of socialism in their religious garb, Ministers that resemble snake oil salesman more than prophets of God, and Clergy who pretentiously claim some kind of higher spirituality by refusing to address morally reprehensible social and political practices.
It is the latter, which may bear the greatest guilt…