Message to the Messengers

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Politics, Religion
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In order for the Church to be the moral majority, it has to first clean and police itself before asking others to follow. Even as a divided unit, when one order sins it affects everyone even if you are not of a particular religious affiliation. Take the Catholic Church for instance and all of the issues they had to deal with pertaining to child molestation. While Catholics and Protestants differ on doctrinal issues, should the Protestant Church have remained silent? In their silence they were equally complicit by not being a voice for the voiceless yet yelling about abortion. This should have been a national outcry of outrage. The Church wants to be the voice of conscious but how can they. They want to point to the plank in another’s eye while ignoring the plank in their own eye (Math 7:3-5) 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
The easiest thing to do is point fingers at others and their wrong doing. To let you know how God feels about most people’s righteousness, he refers to it as filthy rags (Isa 64:4-9).
The Apostle Paul speaks of governments in (Romans 13) as secular but God permits his people to live and to serve him in every type of society and under every possible form of government. Revelations 18 shows the destruction of all governments except for God’s rule. “For there is no authority except that which God established” (Ro 13:1). God established rule, and it will end with God. Scriptures are not silent to God’s introduction and how his rule was set up.
1. Gen 3:11-13 Sin entered, discord and strife proceeded
2. Gen 3:16 God revealed impact of sin, the first time a notion of rule
3. Gen 4:19-24 Shows chaos in society when individuals act without restraint
4. Gen 6:5 Anarchy led to man true nature, man heart was darkened and evil

Governments are not spiritual but secular in nature. They are set up by secular men for purposes of helping everyday people which is not exactly advancing the kingdom and its works. The question remains, how should we look at governments? Peter’s antidote may fly in the face of religious people but Paul carries a different point of view.
The election that just occurred was one of the most divided, divisive elections we’ve ever experienced. To place personal convictions on how Christians vote, is and was despicable. I can’t tell you how many talking head shows in which Christians were playing judge and jury on how they should vote and using the abortion issue as the standard. Under the current President abortions have slowed but in all fairness does that have to really do with the President?
First, your vote is yours and yours alone, that fact should remain clear and concise. It shouldn’t matter how you vote. Your judgment is yours and not people pointing judgment fingers at you.
To criticize blacks supporting a black president based on policies (not free stuff) that best favored them with the exception of possibly two policies is ridiculous. The constitution is clear on how it feels about confusing religion and politics. The church needs to clean up its act before pointing fingers. The divorce rate as well as infidelity runs quite high, let’s not forget about pre marital sex and out of wedlock pregnancies. To be fair, I believe the people that call themselves Christian is a lot smaller than the polls represent, Church’s would like that number to be higher. People calling themselves religious, on the other hand a different issue. A question that can be fairly asked is how could God fearing people vote for a Mormon who practices a religion that is steeped in secrecy and a doctrine that is contrary to what Christians believe? The ones pointing the fingers are going to face harsher judgment. The voter bock is wide not narrow.
I’m tired of the code language that certain white’s use in order support a black candidate whom they deem worthy for no other reason than political expediency, alas, Alan Keys, Alan West, Clarence Thomas. These may all be fine, except they only speak to certain interest of a particular voter block. White’s can’t choose who is expectable or not for blacks, that distinction isn’t theirs to make.
The Church is lost to what its true identity is. They have to sift through all the refuse of doctrinal differences towards unity. The Mormon’s have, so have the Jehovah Witnesses, they all believe in one doctrine. The Church is split and scattered on simple doctrines, and it doesn’t help how each belief system differs by each religious group or sect. As I alluded to earlier, in order to be heard you have to rid yourself of the garbage that separates. We have to rid ourselves of hypocrisy and get back in line with God’s word and commandments, so we can become the light and salt of the earth otherwise our love is like clanging brass to God’s ears. Its fine if we disagree, Paul and Peter differed. Paul was a bit sterner in his beliefs and involvements while Peter took a different approach.
Paul and Peter both teach obedience. Paul teaches, since government is ordained by God that conscience and a healthy fear of disobedience should motivate one to keep human laws (Rom 13). Peter agreed to the same in (1 Pe 2:13-15).
Believers have a responsibility to pay taxes (Ro 13:6-7) and pray for government (1 Ti 2:1-2). Again as believers we have a dual citizenship. Paul gives insight to being politically involved without compromising (Ac 16:35-39, 22:22-29, 25:1-12). Peter shows a contrast to Paul, at times believers will suffer for their stances and beliefs (1Pe 3:13-14).
As the Ecclesia continues to grow we will continue to differ. Our differences shouldn’t come between how we serve and worship. Lastly, the Ecclesia shouldn’t look like a dysfunctional organization. Who in their right mind would want what we have to offer; I know I wouldn’t.

Posted by John The Revelator

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