I’m told from time to time, “Pastor, you ought not be talking about politics. You just need to focus on the Bible.” And I agree wholeheartedly, but only with the second sentence. Because the second sentence trumps the first sentence. Why? Because the Bible is clear in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 that we must be involved. Otherwise we are not meeting our civic duty.
I’m amazed at how people believe that politics will have no impact on the Church or the Kingdom. Do you understand if we lose our First Amendment right to freely share the Gospel and what the Bible teaches, it’s going to be harder to lead people to Christ and the Kingdom. Why would we want to watch that freedom go down the drain? Why would we not stand up?
Isn’t that what Daniel did? Daniel had risked his life for decades while serving as an Administrator in the pagan governments of Babylon and the Medo-Persians. Ultimately, he was told to stop worshipping God, but he refused to bow the knee to the government’s intimidation. Things looked bad…but, he didn’t give up.
Folks, you and I need to understand the times in which we live. Yes, they are bad…yes it seems we’ve lost the battle for the culture, media and academia. And yes…we’re seeing the results of this impact on our government and in the courts.
But now is not the time to dig a hole and pull it in after us. Now is the time (perhaps more than ever in our lifetime) to be engaged in the political process.
You see, I absolutely refuse to abandon the culture to the Left-wing, progressive liberals, whose gods are the Government, Global Warming, Planned Parenthood and Evolution and Cecil the Lion. I for one, refuse to surrender the religious liberties that were brought to us by our ancestors who wielded muskets and gave their lives during the Revolution from Great Britain. I refuse to sit idly by and watch any more of our religious liberties and freedoms squandered and given up to the would-be tyrants who want to silence Christians and push us back inside our churches to never speak in the marketplace again.
You see preachers and the Church in America have grown weak and intimidated. You see, I’m not naïve and I know a day may come when the courage of Christian men and women might fail, but let this not be that day. Today we must stand on the Word of God and we must continue to uphold the truths taught by Jesus Christ, found in the Bible and were once held by our government officials. May I remind you of the fact that our founding fathers did this…
That was September and October of 1774 and the praying that was done at the First Continental Congress. We need the courage of Daniel. We must not be intimidated by the culture…instead we must engage it with the love, compassion and the truth of Jesus Christ! We can’t be mean and hateful or smug or condescending. But, we must stand for truth!
So, who will you be voting for in 2016? Have you thought about it? Have you been watching the news? There’s plenty of candidates to choose from for sure. Just last week, these 10 men debated each other last Thursday night in the first Republican debate.
It was a very interesting and even entertaining debate. But, what I came away thinking to myself was this: Will American Evangelical Christians wake up and go to the polls in 2016. You see, 9 million evangelicals either stayed home or voted for Obama during the 2012 election. If that were to reverse, then a conservative person could be elected and if that were the case it might slow down or stem the tide of what we’ve seen in the last several years.
Here’s the truth. If we don’t wake up and if Evangelical Christians aren’t politically engaged in 2016 we will lose more and more of our First Amendment freedoms. And you might be okay with that. You might say, “Don’t worry about it Kevin. We just need to preach and teach the Gospel and let politics take care of itself.” Okay, fine. Choose that option and watch your religious liberties disappear so fast it will make your head spin and then be prepared for arrest or worse if you speak the name of Jesus or advocate the principles of Scripture. Are you ready to give up? Are you ready for that scenario? I’m not!
Do you understand if we don’t have the ability to live out our religious freedom via the first amendment and we lose those freedoms, then we will turn into China. We will have plenty of Christians but zero influence in the culture. If we don’t have a seat at the city gate in the marketplace and the public forum, then we’re done. As far as I’m concerned, this might be our last chance of seeing one final opportunity to stem the tide.
Watch the news and you’ll see that people are tired of politics as usual and they want plain-talking people and this is precisely why Donald Trump and this lady…Carly Fiorina…
…are doing so well. Why? Because they are straight-talkers. Unfortunately, Fiorina is pro gay marriage.
In my opinion, Jeb Bush is done.
He’s the establishment Republican candidate. But the “regular folks” and evangelicals will not vote for him. And with his performance last week, as far as I’m concerned, put a fork in him. To me he looks like he just stumbled into this whole deal and he doesn’t seem like he’s really interested in running for President. Again, many establishment Republicans are pushing for him, but evangelical Christians won’t vote for him. He is a not conservative enough and quite honestly is a stick in the mud.
Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are men that Evangelicals will vote for. They resonate with them. What about Trump? Well, Trump is resonating with disgruntled and frustrated Americans who are sick and tired of the status quo. But, he will struggle to win the first caucus in Iowa. One of the main reasons is because he threatened to go third-party at the debate. By the way, if he did go third-party, he would hand the election to the Democratic candidate (most likely Hillary Clinton). That scares people
The first caucus is February 1st in Iowa and here’s some interesting facts. 60% of the people who voted in 2012 in Iowa were Evangelicals. 75% of the time, the candidate who wins Iowa is eventually the Republican nominee. And here’s the big one: Republicans have never nominated someone who is not in the TOP three in Iowa. So whoever is not in the top 3 in Iowa (historically) is out of the race on February 2nd. It’s that simple.
By the way, Ted Cruz is way ahead organizationally. He has raised over $50 million and 81% of that money has come in the form of donations that are $100 or less. That means he has a lot of “grass roots” support. Huckabee has huge grass-roots support in Iowa as well and don’t forget that he won Iowa in 2008 when he ran for the Republican nomination.
So, I’m encouraged. People are waking up. They are much more informed and much more engaged earlier than ever. Does that include Evangelical Christians? We’ll see. The truth is it seems to always take an external stimulus to wake up God’s people. Think of the Assyrians and Babylonians and as you do, think of Daniel. And don’t be afraid to stand for the truth of God no matter what!