Here of late I have been reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. It is an excellent book, and I would like to share here one of the things I learned from it. When we witness for Christ Jesus, we should share our personal experience. We should share how we came to believe. Since I prefer to think of truth as something we can each objectively observe, I found that observation a bit difficult to accept. Nonetheless, I see the wisdom in it. Consider how we learn. We learn from the experiences of others. Consider how we decide to act. We imitate the example of others.
Why I Choose To Talk About The Application Of Christian Theology To Politics
I don’t see much advantage in talking about myself. I consider my life ordinary, not an attention grabber. Since I work in the computer industry, I suppose I could talk about some subjects interesting to techies, but there are plenty of people who know more about computers than I do, and I would rather listen to them. So I don’t talk about me or something where I can claim certified expertise. Instead, I talk about something relatively few talk about, the application of Christian theology to politics. I talk about a subject most people avoid. The people with the expertise either won’t touch the subject, or they say things that even a little study reveals as not true.
Who would I expect to talk about the application of Christian theology to politics? Christian ministers, of course. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Ministers of the Word regard politics as divisive distraction, and few develop any particular expertise. To get the members of their church to study the Bible, most ministers just want to focus on their primary task, teaching the Bible.
The ministers that do get into political issues? I suppose they fall mostly into two camps.
- Some ministers will speak to specific concerns such as the definition of marriage or abortion, issues where they believe the Bible provides clear guidance. These apparently believe that when the Bible specifically declares something wrong, their knowledge of that truth compels them to speak out.
Ezekiel 3:17-19 Good News Translation (GNT)
17 “Mortal man,” he said, “I am making you a lookout for the nation of Israel. You will pass on to them the warnings I give you. 18 If I announce that someone evil is going to die but you do not warn him to change his ways so that he can save his life, he will die, still a sinner, but I will hold you responsible for his death. 19 If you do warn an evil man and he doesn’t stop sinning, he will die, still a sinner, but your life will be spared.
- Some ministers exemplify the Apostle Paul’s warning to Timothy.
2 Timothy 4:3 Good News Translation (GNT)
3 The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear.
To show how much they “care,” some ministers preach a “Gospel” of “rights,” “rights” that exist at someone else’s expense. These ministers tell us that God wants us to be happy, not holy. To these ministers how we feel is important; biblically sound doctrine is not.
Thus, although the American Christian clergy has not been completely silent, they have left the field clear for laymen like myself to speak out and discuss how we should apply Christian theology to the operation of government. And like a lookout for my country, I see the need to give warning.
Here is what follows:
- Part 2: What Brought Me To Christ Jesus — November 12, 2013
- Part 3: If You Believe Might Makes Right, You Must Be A Pagan — November 17, 2013
- Part 4: If You Believe Right Makes Might, You Must Believe In God — November 24, 2013
- Part 5: The Last Line Of Defense Is Martyrdom — December 2, 2013
- Part 6: The Warfare In Worship — December 10, 2013