Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pray For the Lukewarm Church

As a committed Christian first, everything I believe stems from my biblical worldview. I believe that life, liberty and the right to private property, the last statement putting into correct context “the pursuit of happiness,” are inspired largely by biblical principles of man’s worth before God.
The Bible was a primary source of inspiration for our founders and an essential text for the learned people of their day. Even the establishment clause of the First Amendment, designed to prohibit the federal government from instituting a state religion, is an extension of God’s provision of free will so that we choose to come to Him of our own volition, not by coercion.

Our founding fathers believed that our constitutional republic could not stand if the people were not virtuous, and they considered religion to be the primary source of virtue in society. So what has happened to lead us astray?

John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” George Washington said:

“And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Some dismiss these uneqivocal statements because they contradict their belief that religion is the root of all evil in the world and should be expunged from the public square. The greatest atrocities of human history, however, were committed by atheistic or nationalistic regimes that declared God dead or themselves to be God. Whether or not God is proclaimed, man still sins. The common denominator is man, and man’s inability to achieve God’s holiness doesn’t invalidate the standard.

Government’s role is to restrain man from infringing upon the lives and rights of others. The teaching and promotion of public virtue, however, is the realm of the church, and the Christian church, the predominant faith in America, has failed to be a transcendent, unshakeable force in society for public virtue.

Mainline Protestant denominations rush headlong toward the prevailing culture in clear contradiction to God’s Word. Contemporary churches preach a neutered gospel free of obligation. The “emerging” church wants to embrace Christ’s redemption but not his conviction. Black churches have turned Christ into a socialist revolutionary who stands against oppression, precisely the mistake many of Jesus’ followers made when they thought He came to rescue them from the Romans. The Roman Catholic Church is all over the map, so much so that the phrase “cafeteria Catholic” is commonly used to describe practitioners who pick and choose from God’s Word. No wonder non-Christians are vexed by or contemptuous of us.

Therefore, I salute Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, Rev. Walter Hoye of Oakland, and all in the church who have recently taken a principled stand on abortion in the face of hostility from society. Christians should be humbled by their courage and commitment to obey Christ before men.

To those Catholics and other Christians who voted for Obama because of his promises, my prayer is that his duplicity is now revealed to you and you will redouble your efforts to stand against a president who one commentator described as “monstrously anti-life.”

To those Catholic politicians who hide behind the veil of personal opposition while unrepentantly rejecting all measures to protect unborn persons, the highest purpose of government is to defend life. If there is even a shred of belief within you that this act of legalized barbarism is the taking of a life, you are willfully violating your oath before man and God.

To those Christians who claim to be pro-life but put pro-abortion candidates into office for some “higher” priority than the defense of unborn innocents, your actions perpetuate the stain of abortion on our nation’s conscience and, by enabling these politicians, you are condoning murder.

To those black pastors who surrender their moral authority for political influence, it is folly to fear the wrath of man more than the wrath of God. There will be an accounting, not just for the millions of babies murdered but also all the people you led away from obedience to God for political purposes.

The apostle Paul said men in the last days would be, among other things, “holding the form of religion but denying the power of it.” Christ himself said in Revelation 3:16, “Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.” The choice is sanctification before a holy God or saliva on the sidewalk of a fallen world.

Originally published at RegularFolksUnited.com

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