The Apolitical Church and the Fall of America
Our Republic was founded on the belief that mankind is capable of governing itself. The Founders believed that the power of government comes from the consent of the governed. They knew that rights are not given to mankind by men or by governments, but by our Creator. They knew this and thus they based our Constitutional Republic on the Biblical principles of liberty and personal responsibility. Our first President, George Washington, understood this to be so important that he said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” He knew that morality and correct governance work together, hand in hand. The latter cannot exist without the former.
For the last several years, Conservative media has been full of examples of the “religious left.” Thanks to talk radio, Conservative blogs and news publications, we have learned about Jim Wallis and his attempt to turn Jesus Christ into the quintessential hero of revolutionary Marxism. Wallis tells us that the redistribution of wealth, what he calls “social justice,” is what Jesus was all about. Wallis tells us that all property should be used by the State to achieve not equal opportunity for people, but equal outcomes. Pope Benedict XVI has recently
regurgitated the progressive idea that business should only exist to promote “the common good.” We know about the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s rejection of key Biblical principles in favor of liberal propaganda. The ELC excuses abortion as understandable and will not defend the sanctity of marriage. We have also recently seen Christian Churches open their doors for Muslim services. We see these things happen and there is no doubt that these things are dangerous, not just to the churches themselves, but also to our Republic. Marxism, appeasement and multiculturalism are not the only dangers from American churches to threaten our Republic.
There is a growing belief in our churches that is proving to be just a damaging; the belief that the Christian Church, including the attendees, should be apolitical. For example: The Assemblies of God website states that “The Assemblies of God is apolitical.” The American Baptist Churches USA website proclaims that they are “committed to religious liberty and to the separation of church and state.” The result of this is that many pastors are unwilling to take a public stand against politicized moral issues such as abortion, redistribution of wealth and individual responsibility. The thought seems to be that Christians, especially pastors, are supposed to be above political issues as they are simply worldly issues and the focus should be on the spiritual. The fact that spiritual, moral and political issues are inseparable is completely forgotten. The religious freedom guaranteed to us in the First Amendment of the Constitution is a prime example of this. Without the will to engage in politics, the fundamental right regarding the moral issue of religious freedom would not be realized.
This policy of moral and political appeasement has not stopped politicians from involving themselves in moral issues, however. As more and more pastors cede their moral authority to the State, we see that the government and politicians are filling that gap. Take for example the statement made by then candidate and Senator Barack Obama in Johnstown, PA in 2008, that if either of his two daughters were to “make a mistake” he wouldn’t want them “punished with a baby.” On January 22 of this year, the 38th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, President Obama made the statement “Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.” He was not simply making political statements, but moral judgments.
The refusal of the Church to take a stand on political issues, which are almost always moral issues as well, has weakened the moral authority of not only the churches, but of our Nation. How can one lead if one is unwilling to take a stand? We see pastors in churches today who seem to think that their effectiveness is measured in how many people attend each Sunday. Pastors are simply unwilling to make people uncomfortable, because if they’re uncomfortable, they may find something else to do on Sundays. Politics makes people uncomfortable, so it’s avoided. But if there is Truth and righteousness in a political stand, it must be talked about! American pastors in the past have understood this to be true and have found that their unique role has been effective in promoting liberty, personal responsibility and righteousness since well before the founding of our Republic.
This is not a condemnation, but a desperate plea: Pastors, Church, people of faith, take a stand! Be courageous! Find your voice! Be effective again! If you don’t do it now, you may find that it’s too late to speak up and be heard, the fate of our Great Republic will be decided without you. If you do not speak up, you will be held just as responsible as those who actively pursued the goal of fundamentally transforming the world’s greatest beacon of freedom into just another oppressive regime.
President Ronald Reagan made a similar plea to the National Association of Evangelicals on March 8, 1983 regarding the Cold War; “I urge you to beware the temptation of pride –the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.” President Reagan’s words may be even more meaningful today than they were in 1983.
The time has come for you to make a choice: Will you speak out against tyranny, or will you accept its rule over the lives of yourself, your congregation and the entire Nation? Ronald Reagan cautioned that if we fail to stand, “history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.” We need our pastors and our churches to stand for all things right and true. We need them to reclaim their moral authority from the State and lead with a passion for preserving the unalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.