From the Weatherford Democrat, by David Nowak, 03/12/12 – If the only thing God expected us to do was to preach the Gospel, why did he give us a voluminous Bible, which is filed with examples, principles, and truths relating to virtually every important area of life?
If one takes only those Scriptures that deal specifically with the Gospel, he or she is going to have a very small Bible. The stories of the Old Testament, for example, were written for “our learning.” (Romans 15:4). Hebrews 11 challenges us with the examples of Old Testament men and women who were “not afraid of the king’s commandment,” who did not fear “the wrath of the king,” who “subdued kingdoms,” “waxed valiant in fight,” and who “turned flight the armies of the aliens.”
Furthermore, the Apostle Paul spent about as much time in jail as he did out of jail. And, of course, he was thrown in jail for breaking the unjust, evil laws of men. Every apostle except John was killed by tyrannical governments because they refused to submit to unjust laws.
I would submit that to argue pastors should avoid any politicking and just stick to preaching is not only unbiblical, but also un-American.
American history is replete with examples of clergymen who carried the torch of liberty and helped secure it for our country. Churches became the primary source that stirred the fires of revolution, advocating the King and Parliament were trampling upon the inalienable rights of the people. They knew well those passages from Scripture like Romans 13 that require submission to civil authority.
I think that Obama will soon be contacting church leaders to have them teach Romans 13 to the flock in order to cut down on the resistance he is and will be receiving because of his agenda. But we need to be just as familiar with passages requiring us to resist ungodly authority. In fact, it was out of the churches that watchwords like “No King but King Jesus” and “Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God” were born.
Ah, but I can hear the so-called more spiritual among us, still insisting that pastors and churches ought to stay out of politics, stay away from those social issues and just preach the gospel. One only needs to read the Bible to see Jesus was a revolutionary on social issues.
Consider that America has had more gospel preaching during the last 50 years than any nation in history. There are more churches, more Christian schools, more Gospel radio and TV programs, more missionary endeavors, more inner-city missions and shelters, more Bible publications and more Gospel influence in America during the last 50 years than in any country in the history of the world.
Let’s look at what has happened to America over the last 50 years? Our historic Christian culture has been turned into rank hedonism and licentiousness; legal abortion has taken the lives of over 60 million innocent unborn babies; a blatant policestate is proliferating; more babies are being born out of wedlock than at any time in history; and now we are facing the tyrannical attempt to ban and confiscate America’s premier self-defense tool, the semi-automatic rifle. All of this happened, and is happening, while hundreds of thousands of pastors and churches across the land preach the Gospel. We need to get out from behind the pulpit and off our pews and make our presence known in the political arena to a dying America.
Granted, the primary purpose of the church is to proclaim Christ. That mission undergirds all of the work of God’s people. Nevertheless, true discipleship neglects no need, it recoils at no duty. If America is to be saved, we must both proclaim the gospel and seek to bring its influence to bear on the body politic. Yes, politics and preaching do mix.