This past Sunday, my pastor, Don Green, was preaching on Ephesians 2:1-3 when he made a comment about today’s politicians in America that has had me thinking. The more I thought about what he said, the more I realized just how true his statement was. Here is what Pastor Green said:
“Think about the world in which you live. Think about everything that defines life and entertainment and media and news around you. The course of this world defined from God’s perspective can be said like this: ‘They have no interest in the Bible. Indeed they do everything they can to silence it and mock it; to define it out of existence. There is no place for the Scriptures in public discourse, is there? It is not welcome in public discourse. They have no interest in repentance or prayer. People love their sin. They have no sense. They like to be independent. They like to be assertive…’”
“Even the things in the world that are morally neutral are anti-God…Even if they’re morally neutral at one level; they’re totally absent of the things of God, the things of Christ. The things that we hold dear…Realize that even in the best, most morally innocent things that this world seemingly has to offer, that even there there is a total absence of truth, a total absence of Christ, a total absence of the sense of the Gospel, a total absence of the conviction of sin…”
“Even those who engage in political action against various kinds of immorality; name the external sins you want to; abortion, homosexual marriage or whatever else you want to add to the list there, when people enter into that realm to see how much the world enslaves them, you must acknowledge that as soon as they enter into a political realm to engage those issues, they shut down Scripture because Scripture won’t gather votes. It will offend voters and so they have to silence the Gospel to team together with other religions that are anti-Gospel but would share a sense outward morality. So that in order to engage the world even on the sins of the world, Scripture is silenced because people go in and they say that we can’t possibly talk about the Scriptures here because no one will listen, we’ll lose before we begin. If you’re embarrassed by the Bible in your politics then you are captive to the world. The world has so enslaved you and the opinions of men have so gathered in your thoughts and fears and your deferences and what you are trying to accomplish that when Scripture is silenced, you have given into the spirit of the world even if you’re standing for an outward sense of morality.”
When was the last time you heard a state or national politician stand up and quote the Bible as the reason for his/her political position on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, contraception in schools, abstinence, adultery, fornication, pornography, etc.?
Yeah, I know that Barack Obama has attempted on several occasions to placate Christians by quoting Scripture, but he generally butchers it and takes it completely out of context. On the other hand, Obama is very precise and articulate when he quotes from the Quran.
Obama makes a spectacle every time he attends a so-called Christian church, but if you look at the ones he attends, including the National Cathedral in Washington DC, they are so theologically liberal that it’s very difficult to recognize them as a true Christian church. But don’t forget that Obama also attends mosques and has knelt in prayer and honored Islamic clerics.
In general, most politicians today are more concerned about winning votes than they are about standing up for God’s Word and His statutes. It’s not popular to quote Scripture because you’ll turn off all of the atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. and they can’t allow that to happen.
I know several politicians who claim to be Christian and attend church and will talk Scripture with you one on one, but I can’t recall any of them actually using Scripture publicly for their political stand on any issue. I can’t help but think of the passage in Revelation 3:15-16 which states:
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
America was once a Christian nation. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court even charged the citizens of the newly formed country to vote for Christian leaders, saying:
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
In 1892, US Supreme Court Justice David Josiah Brewer declared America to be a Christian nation when he wrote his decision in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States. Brewer wrote:
“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation… There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people… These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”
Back then politicians not only quoted Scripture but they often spoke from the pulpits of churches. That all changed in the 1960s when a more liberal anti-Christian Supreme Court allowed one atheist to strip Americans of their Christian freedoms. Since that time, it has been increasingly unpopular to for politicians to quote Scripture and stand up for God and the Bible until we come to today’s America where it’s only done in private, not in public for fear of losing votes.
That brings me to my question asking if there are any real Christian politicians left in America today? Are they willing to stand publicly and defend the Bible and God’s statutes and use that as the foundation for their political platform? Let me know if you find one.