|"Let not your heart be troubled"|
Why are Christians viewed by the secular world as being only two- dimensional? Why are we perceived as only supporting life and marriage and opposing abortion and homosexuality? We are also very concerned about idolatry, murder, theft, lying, and many other issues that negatively affect society. We don’t perceive ourselves as being cultural watchdogs, rather, we find ourselves being concerned about the things our Heavenly Father is concerned about. As John Calvin once said, “"A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent."
As the presidential primary season approaches and the blogs are scatter shot with political opinion, let it be known that Christians are concerned with far more than abortion and homosexuality. We are far more complex than the average secularist gives us credit for. As we consider which candidate to vote for we are very troubled by the fiscal state of America. We consider fiscal responsibility a moral issue. As a husband and father in my home, I would be acting immorally if I used the money earned to feed and provide for my family to satisfy some personal desire. Likewise, Christians believe it is immoral behavior for government officials to steal money from future generations to selfishly satisfy the desires of the present generation. Living high off the hog at the expense of our children and grandchildren isn’t a political problem, it’s a moral problem.
Christians and secularists have differing worldviews. The secularist divides the issues by defining the contest as “conservative vs. liberal” or “right vs. left”. There is room for a sort of moral relativism as you might place yourself anywhere along the spectrum of the line between extreme right and extreme left. Christians frame the issues by defining it as a contest between “right vs. wrong.” There is no moral equivalency here. Ripping a baby from the womb of its mother is wrong whether it be done in the 3rd month or the 6th month of pregnancy. Killing a baby is wrong whether the mother is poor or wealthy, whether she is busy going to college or holding down two jobs.
Christians believe that destroying the sacred institution of marriage is wrong. We believe that God sanctioned the existence of the church, the government and the family. God clearly defined family in the Garden of Eden. It was to be one man and one woman. They were to commit to each other. God wrote the law against adultery into the Ten Commandments to protect the sanctity of the marriage relationship. Any attempt to make marriage anything other than what God intended it to be is an affront to the sole intent of God to sanctify marriage. It isn’t about Democratic or Republican policies. It’s about the mind of God. Redefining marriage to satisfy some personal or societal desire is a transgression of God’s known law.
Christians believe that a government that steals from future generations is participating in a blatant immorality. We aren’t so much looking for a candidate that is Republican or Democrat, or Independent or Libertarian. We are looking for a candidate who will dedicate himself or herself to doing the right things. We want a candidate who will remind us that we were founded as a Christian nation upon the concepts taught within the Holy Word of God. We aren’t begging for a theocracy. We simply want God-fearing men and women who are determined to do what is right for our country and for future generations.
John Adams once said, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The word ‘religious’ in his quote refers to Christianity. We were formed to be a Democratic Republic where people are represented by those elected to do so. Our founding fathers had a clear perception of the true nature of man. Man is essentially wicked. We are born in depravity. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9) Their knowledge of the true nature of man caused them to establish a government that would take into account the probability that some leaders would be corrupt rather than righteous. Our first governors understood that it was their fear of God, their reverence for God that would restrain them from doing evil.
Modern Psychology has attempted to replace God’s view of man (essentially evil) with man’s view of man (essentially good). The secularists teach that men are basically good and any evil they do is learned behavior due to a poor environment. ‘Sin’ is a religious term that secularists avoid at all costs. Sin carries with it an association with punishment or reward. Our youth are being taught that there is no need for salvation. If there is no salvation there is no Savior. We don’t need to confess and be saved from our sin, we simply need someone to come along and build up our self-esteem.
When I worked in a hospital years ago to help pay for my college education, I was often the only orderly working the evening shift. When hospital personnel heard the words “Code Blue” on the intercom we were spurred to action because we knew someone was being threatened by the grim reaper and time was of the essence. I am amazed at how much damage has been inflicted on our nation in the last few years. We must act quickly and efficiently if we are to save our country. The time is short. I don’t want to be one to cry “wolf, wolf” or be another Chicken Little crying, “The sky is falling.” But I do believe we are running short on time. You don’t have to be a Christ- follower to feel disturbed about the direction our country is taking. I believe we are facing a real national emergency. The coming election is crucial to the future of our country.
Our currency is extremely unstable. Europe rulers are terrified of an economic collapse in the European Union. The president of Iran is seeking to build a nuclear weapon and he openly rants that he will destroy Israel if ever he is successful. George Soros recently warned that the world’s economy may be on the brink of collapse. Russia and the United States have naval fleets feinting and sparring in the Mediterranean Sea in preparation for disruption in the Middle East. The Arab Spring has replaced dictators who opposed Sharia Law with the Muslim Brotherhood who is determined to enforce draconian Islamic laws on Arab peoples everywhere.
This may not be the Great Tribulation Christians often speak of but it certainly is a time of testing. The people of the world are looking for a savior. Someone to save them from economic woes. Someone to bring political unity. Someone to solve unresolved problems.
There is a great hunger for peace. Jesus Christ offers a peace the world cannot understand or provide. It is a peace that passes all understanding. In view of all these things how should we as Christians react? Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1) The troubles and trials that lie ahead will have a distinguishing affect on all who are followers of Christ. The dross will float to the top and we will be purified by the refiner’s fire.
The remedy for this dilemma is simple. We as a nation and as individuals must confess our sins and humble ourselves before God. We must run without becoming weary and we must endure to the end. For those who persevere to the end will surely be rewarded.
Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.