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There are such networks in America. But they won’t allow the passing of information about the sins for which God is judging them – the sins which their own votes have authorized their government to subsidize – the sins which are creeping into the lives of church goers unhindered by the discernment that can only come from knowledge of the deceptive, Machiavellian marketing of these sins through legislation, political rhetoric, and public schools which is not explained in 500 word news stories but is familiar to the politically involved.
These networks are called Churches.
Churches: God’s Power Plants. It is easier for an average voter to get a bill introduced in Congress, than it is to get a pastor to allow information about it to be shared in his church. Although if it is his own pastor, it might be about the same.
There are exceptions. Black churches and liberal churches are a little more likely to promote political causes, although as unlikely as conservative churches to give equal time to, or allow the kind of honest, robust dialog with their minority members needed to really march together.
Our national debt solution requires changing the conservative churches. The ones whose members vote Republican, whose action is needed in the next 6 weeks. The ones who take the Bible literally and seriously. Who would never ordain a Sodomite just because the Bible calls it “abomination”, and who might even call him a Sodomite without it occurring to them that anyone might consider the label “hate speech”, having been coined by a Loving God.
Some truth is in all churches. Philippians 1:15-18. Some error is in all churches. Romans 2 describes the tragedy of churches blessed with the most light disobeying it, spiritually outdone by those who have barely seen the light.
Yet as the beginning of Romans 3 affirms, where there is light, there is hope.
But conversely, unfortunately, as long as Americans with the most light hide it under a bushel of Noninvolvement Theologies, America has little hope.
Thus, however much liberal churches will help, will be needed. But where a church makes no pretense of obeying the Bible as if every word of it came from God, Matthew 5:18, Luke 6:17, an argument for changing their comfortable man-made traditions based on a careful reading of the Bible has little foothold. Such an argument has more hope in a “conservative” church, where “conservative” indicates a deeper reverence and trust in every word of the Bible, even though being human, there will always be found areas where familiar traditions crowd out obedience.
Light: Why do those who have it, hide it? Anything to do with Galatians 6:12?
Conservative churches say information about the sins destroying America may occasionally be preached against but not strategized against on church property, with the people of the church discussing how to push them back into Hell, because that is “politics”, which is “dirty”. Letting the church’s Light shine on them would leave the church “unequally yoked”. The church must remain “separated from the world”, which has become defined as the opposite of proclaiming to the world what God says about the world’s decisions whether to conform its laws to the principles of Heaven or of Hell. Nothing “controversial” can be allowed in church, like, for example, Truth that “hits home”, because that might “offend” a homosexual abortionist, which might keep him from coming to church to listen to [what’s left of] the Gospel.
Even when the pastor has just preached against a sin which our government promotes, it is unacceptable, in an American church during the past 59 years, to pop up and say “I’m glad you brought that up, because the state legislature is voting on whether to subsidize that abomination tomorrow! Who will go down to the capitol with me to witness to lawmakers about it?”
No, to do that would be “controversial” because the guy next to him voted for the party that wants that sin subsidized. Which raises what for me, at least, is an interesting question: why is it “controversial” for laymen to take action against sins identified in their pastors’ sermons, but not for pastors to identify those sins?
Here is my best theory: by the same principle that a secular music group can put out an occasional wholesome, marriage-affirming song, but must put it back to back with a filthy song so the drunks at the bar don’t get nervous thinking when you sang the first song that you actually meant it, a pastor is allowed to identify a specific widespread sin maybe once a year. That will be tolerated by practitioners off that sin as an obligatory but meaningless gesture. Should the pastor get feisty and preach about it more often, the board will invite him to dinner to explain that it is becoming a bit of an obsession. But still it is not a threat, so long as that Churchlight does not shine into society where that sin is being promoted. But if laymen are allowed to actually DO SOMETHING to stop the spread of that sin throughout society, that becomes a serious threat!
All these things are church policy even though Ezekiel 3:18-20 says if God’s people don’t communicate God’s warnings to sinners, the Judgment intended for sinners will fall upon God’s people.
All these things are church policy even though “God’s heroes, in the Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith, whom God calls us to follow”, were either powerful political leaders themselves, or got in the Bible through their interaction with a political leader. “No one who was politically insignificant is our example.”
Pastors will say “Jesus was never involved in politics” with a straight face, even though “45% of His teachings, in Matthew, were political”. Jesus witnessed directly to Palestine’s politicians, “lobbying” them to change a wide variety of their laws.
Pastors censor information about our political leaders, right after reading 1 Timothy 2:1-2 which recommends four distinct church activities directed at influencing government to provide better conditions for Christians. This is commonly interpreted to specify only one activity: prayer, without action. Without communication with the leaders with whom we are called to “intercede”. But James 2 indicates that saying a prayer, without taking whatever physical action is possible towards the goal prayed for, is “dead”. (The example is of a “blessing”, which is really a prayer in the sense that it expects that God will accomplish the goal described.) Greek lexicons indicate that three of the four activities of 1 Timothy 2:1 involve confronting authorities physically. Today we call that “lobbying”, “campaigning”, and “voting”.
But even if 1 Timothy 2:1 did call only for prayer to God, without action, Matthew 18:19 says one of the keys to answered prayer is Christians not praying against each other. “…if two of you shall agree…as touching any thing that they shall ask…” requires discussion of what those two want God to do. Christians wildly differ in their vision of what government ought to do, making it impossible for God to answer our contradictory prayers.
So if over a million babies are being slaughtered a year who might be saved if Christians united in speaking to authorities on their behalf, does not this passage require us to do so? Especially when Leviticus 20:1-5 warns that God will “cut off” those who see murderers all around them and do not rise up to kill them? How can 1 Timothy 2:1-2 mean to pray in our closets, and never approach these oppressive politicians, never confront them, never appeal to them? In the words of James 2:14-26, what good is that?
59 years of censorship. 59 years of church silence about government’s snowballing promotion of sin. 59 years ago, in 1954, Senator Lyndon Johnson, angry with pastors for preaching against his sinful life, in the spirit of John the Baptist preaching against Herod’s incest, amended the IRS code to limit the political involvement of churches who valued their tax exempt status. Actually no church has lost its tax exempt status for political activity, but that doesn’t keep most pastors from thinking they could, and for therefore pulling down their bushel snugly over themselves.
“If I were the Devil, I can’t imagine being more pleased with my strategies for keeping Christian light under its bushel.”
Somehow, that bushel is going to be have to be pried off that Light, and in less than six weeks! Because the only solution for America today bears the fingerprints of God, and includes a grave warning of judgment for refusing it.
There is only one thing that can chase away the Darkness: Light.
There is only one source of Light: The Word, written, and reigning.
God fills human beings willing to Know that Word with that Light, and invites us to shine upon all Darkness, to “preach the Gospel to the whole world”, not excluding the world of “politics”.
God authorizes His people to meet together to interact with the Word and prepare each other to “turn the world right side up”, Acts 17:6.
It is unreasonable to imagine that any other medium, group, network, or means can accomplish the shining of Light upon Darkness as effectively as the assemblies established by God for that purpose.
And yet that is precisely what most American Christians imagine.
Christian activists. There are other networks of honest citizens besides churches. They are called Christian activist organizations. Although a flickering match is better than no light, two serious problems with them prevent them from lighting up the whole city.
First, they are not where you will find a clear, comprehensive exposition of Scripture for the purpose of fleshing out God’s will on an issue that Christians are working on. They serve God blindfolded except for one tiny corner where they can see with a slice of peripheral vision – the sermons they heard back at church, drawing them together with thousands of others who have heard similar sermons. But not the same sermons, which makes them afraid to publish Bible studies about their common issues lest they be found to disagree with another denomination, “offending” others and disturbing the spiritual unity they can pretend to have by leaving their “Swords” back at church.
Which explains why God’s idea about political witness proceeding from church makes so much more sense: people can work together who all speak the same spiritual language. They can get right to work fighting evil, without having to first reach consensus on unrelated theological details, clearing away doctrinal stumblingblocks.
Second, it is harder for an average voter to get Christian activist organizations to pass along information about an urgent new issue, than it is to get all the pastors in your city to pass it along. They are not well funded like churches are, so they don’t have staff with the leisure to examine new proposals.
They are not paid that much attention to like churches are; a short occasional message is the limit of their readers’ attention spans. Compare that with the 25 minute sermons in each of three services a week which are typical for churches. The Noninvolvement Theologies of most churches keep Christian activist organizations marginalized, which makes them feel fortunate if they can adequately respond to three attacks of the Devil a year. They let the Devil attack unopposed the rest of the time because to take on any more would spread them too thin, they calculate.
Unfortunately, the solution is not so simple as “merely” pressuring Congress to do the only thing that can get our debt under control. That pressure can only come from tens of millions of Republicans who are walking in Light, unblindfolded. Although America would not have survived this long without her Christian activist organizations, their closed Bibles – too closed to see to clean up their positions – have let America slide into darkness too deep to make it without a lot more light, and quickly. In six weeks.
This Drama of Impossible Tasks we face stars average church going Christians who are confident they are about to be raptured into Heaven so they feel little further spiritual duty towards saving America. Their churches affirm their apathy by denying that it is the mission of The Church to direct any of its light to those forums where American voters decide whether our laws should reflect the principles of Heaven or of Hell.
Quotes from Southwest Radio Church <<>> From The King and You! Biblical Faith and Political Action, by John Eidsmoe, Southwest Radio Church. <<>> “It’s hard to imagine an issue that isn’t addressed, at least in principle, in the Scriptures. If we’re going to say, as Christins and pastors, that we shouldn’t be addressing political issues…we are not preaching the whole counsel of God.” p. 2 <<>> “This book has been used as a manual in that sense for teaching classes about government. It’s used as a textbook in a basic government course at Oral Roberts University and several other evangelical colleges. And I’ve known of people who have used this book, God and Caesar, as the basic manual for teaching a Sunday school class on government.” p. 4. <<>> “If you talk about a libewral religious person being involved in politics, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, that’s called putting the faith into practice…. if you talk about a conservative Christian getting involved in politics, that’s mixing church and state.” p. 8. <<>> “…waiting on the Lord involves action in God’s power…. What about working or a living? Do we just sit and pray, “Lord, I need enough money to pay my rent? …sometimes…God miraculously intervenes. But normally the way God answers prayer is by …opening the door so that we can get a job, and by motivating us to go out and work a good, hard, eight or ten hour day so that we can earn the money….” p. 9. <<>> “Let’s say we want to be in good physical shape. So we pray, ‘Lord, I want some muscles. Would you please give me some muscles?’ Then, when we lay in bed all day, we wonder why we don’t get any muscles….The same thing is true in politics.” p. 10 <<>> “Why should we be working to save a society that is headed for destruction?….I think the reason to be involved is in obedience to God’s commands for His standards of righteousness, in an effort to take a stand for righteousness on earth, not because we think we’re going to bring about Christ’s Kingdom. <<>> “As communism was consolidating its power in Russia, the ones who were resisting communism were largely church people. That has been true wherever communism has come to power….” p. 20 <<>> “…the fate of good men who refuse to get involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men.” Edmund Burke. p. 36 <<>> “You can’t separate the political decline from the spiritual decline.” p. 15, Confronting Our Nation’s Problems, by Don McAlvaney. B-763, Southwest Radio Church.
So let me assume, for argument’s sake, that saving America before God’s deadline requires us to get pastors to receive our information about the only way to save America, with a national debt solution, and to preach about it during the next six weeks. What then? Is that all we have to change?
I wish! That would make it so much easier!
NEXT: Part 5, Step 2: Talking in Church
#### By Dave Leach, The Partnership Machine, Inc.
MORE – Chapter and Verse – Theistic presentation from you, Dave – which is your right to do on this Blog Sight – AS LONG as you realize, Dave – that the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space – DOES NOT, I’ll repeat that – DOES NOT authorize OR SANCTION this Theistic Preachin’ of yours, Dave.
I’m SURE, Dave – that YOU, of all people – ARE AWARE – that there are BUNCHES of BUNCHES of Blog Spaces out on the Internet – that DO SANCTION – Theistic Preachin’ !!!!!
WHY, Dave, do you spin, YES, SPIN, your NON-SANCTIONED Theistic Preachin’ on the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space – when you CAN – IF you will – BLOG on Sites that WILL Sanction and Praise – YOUR Chapter and Verse – Preachin’ !!!
Robert, you have uncovered the ugly truth about me: I am power hungry! I am so covetous of my power to wash your atheist brain that I write even without your sanction! And thanks to you, the world now knows my sordid dark secret: I am a Christian. And not the quiet, politically correct, light-under-a-bushel, never-offend-anybody kind, but the kind who will happily abuse my right and power to post threads on the cafe con leche Republicans website, and anywhere else I can, to wash every atheist brain in the country if possible, without regard to whether it is popular, politically correct, or even legal, to WITNESS! Yes, that’s right, even if it were a crime to even mention the blessed name of Jesus Christ, and the penalty were torture, I would persist, shamelessly lawless to my last breath!
That is what it means to be a Christian, according to the Bible and the examples of martyrs, prophets, and Jesus: to live and act without regard for any law, by any authority, that punishes what any regime considers offensive, without regarding as a defense any evidence that it is true.
In the same spirit with all speech-suppressing tyrants of human history, you would ban me, if you have the power, not for anything you can identify in anything I have written that is untrue, but only for statements which, to you, are unwelcome. Because you are an atheist, and that is what atheists do. There is nothing in atheism that argues for any value to truth.
As for all those other sites you want me to run off to, will you promise to follow me there? Because so far, I have never yet experienced so faithful a comment-leaver after my articles as you! And you want me to voluntarily give up that fulfilling experience? You surely must know it is the dream of every Christian to get the attention of the most hopeless atheist he can find, and you have given me that blessing! I grant you the freedom not to even read my articles, yet like an iron filing to a magnet, like a moth to light, you are drawn despite all your resistance to Truth
Actually I probably shouldn’t flatter myself that you have read any of my articles. Your comments don’t indicate that you do any more than do a word search through Cafe Con Leche Republicans articles for “God” or “Jesus”, and go marching off for the kill when you find it. Otherwise I wouldn’t think you would complain of the lack of “secular content” in my articles, which there was plenty of in these. But perhaps in your atheist mind any mention of God cancels any secular evidence or reasoning.
But of all the words in my articles, you have read the two that are most important, and I praise God for that.
Should you decide at some point to read the rest of my articles beyond those two words, you will discover that my strategy goes even beyond reaching you, to shining light on all the darkness in America which has brought her to her economic knees. Unopposed atheism, courtesy of pastors pulling their bushels of noninvolvement theologies snugly over their churchlight, have created the vacuum of truth and intelligence that has allowed atheists to successfully attack and tear the fabric of America. We are at a historical turning point where if this continues, freedom of speech is only the first of our freedoms which we will lose.
Why would I want to write for any other blog, when it is this blog where I can talk with you? Where I can get a genuine atheist to read the word “God” every time I write it?
I hereby dedicate all the articles I have written on this blog to my favorite (and only) comment-leaver: Robert Allen!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
GOSH and golly Gee Wiz, Dave – SUCH a rant – ALL in the defense of YOU, Dave, Having the RIGHT and the POWER to START THREADS on the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space – that ALLOWS you, Dave, to Cite Chapter and Verse of your Theism!!!!! SOMEHOW, Dave – you also appear to Believe – that no one should question the RIGHT and the POWER that YOU have, Dave, in an oligarchical-like manopoly to START THREADS on the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space.
WELL, Dave, I’m just the guy to challange what I see as your ABUSE of POWER!!!
Also, Dave – Just for YOUR information – it IS 100% IMPOSSIBLE for ANY Theist to UNDERSTAND Atheism – BECAUSE THEIR THEISM – gets in the way of any understanding!!!!
SO, Dave – While you have a Right to Preach Theism on the Cafe Con Leche Republicans Blog Space – PLEASE, Dave – Pretty Please, with Sugar on Top – STAY away from Pontificating on the subject of Atheism – which, by definition, YOU, Dave – KNOW NOTHING ABOUT !!!!!!
Just pointin’ out the obvious,
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