No doubt, you’ve heard the phrase, “separation of church and state,” and, probably, the explanation of that proposition as a fallacy. The Constitution prohibits the government from establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise of it. But nothing in the Constitution says anything about separating the church from the state, so that its members cannot fully exercise their right to participate as citizens. The opposite is true—the intention of the Constitution was to keep the government out of the church not the church out of the government. Opportunists lifted the phrase (separation of church and state) from a Thomas Jefferson letter, taking it out of context. In so doing, they attempted to prevent a Biblical perspective from influencing government for generations in order to sow a secular society. Despite their efforts, U.S. history reveals a tradition of church leaders establishing universities, decrying slavery, supporting and joining the military, running for office, driving legislation, and restraining immorality.
However, somewhere along the way, we, the church, became complacent. Our inaction enabled removal of prayer from schools, establishment of Roe v. Wade, redefinition of marriage, and the dilution of gender. Today, we’re feeling the impact. We’re accountable to God and must pray for ourselves and for our country, like Daniel who repented on behalf of Israel and asked God to deliver it (Daniel 9).
What’s the urgency?
In his Election Day Sermon (October 18, 2020), Virginia Cornerstone Chapel Pastor Gary Hamrick sounded an alarm, citing Jeremiah, 6:16-19 (NIV), wherein the Lord decrees disaster upon the people of Israel, because they rejected His ways:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
I appointed watchmen over you and said,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
Hear, you earth:
I am bringing disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not listened to my words
and have rejected my law.
Are we on the precipice of disaster?
The current administration is attempting—at lightning-speed—to “fundamentally transform” America. That means transforming the essential parts or foundations of America, including institutions like the government (the Constitution), education, culture (faith), and the family. How? By passing laws that weaken and disempower it, such as:
HR1, now S1, called “For the People Act,” which will erode election integrity, transferring authority for election rules and processes from the states to the federal government, eliminating protocols that ensure integrity, fairness, and security. It allows same-day registration, mail-in voting, and late voting; it eliminates voter ID, enables voting at multiple locations, and restricts, even criminalizes, challenges to identity or suspected fraud. And there’s more.
HR5 or S393, entitled the “Equality Act,” which, like a Trojan horse, unleashes huge consequences on society. If made law, this Act will legislate away biological sex. What does that mean? It will erase many sex-based protections for women and protect pedophiles—according to the Senate, the Q in Queer includes about 550 paraphilias outside of LGBT, such as pedophilia, now, euphemistically known as “minor-attracted persons.” Biological men who identify as women will be able to join women’s sports, use women’s restrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms and showers. Men will be legally allowed to bunk with women in overnight stays (including high school trips, athletic events, domestic abuse shelters, and prisons). Schools will be encouraged or mandated to teach elementary school children (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade) that they can choose to be a boy or a girl, or neither, or both. It will require all organizations, including religious institutions, to hire LGBTQ+ (including the “plus,” those 550 paraphilias), because the Act will rescind the current Religious Freedom Restoration Act that protects our religious freedom. And there’s more.
Not to mention many other radical efforts underway or under consideration, such as: the movement to provide statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in order to add progressive representatives and senators to Congress; desire to pack the courts in order to create activist judges versus Constitutionalists; unfettered support for partial-birth and late-term abortion; toleration of terrorist organizations and states, like Hamas and Iran; inane efforts to defund the police, resulting in a rise in crime and violence; negligence at our southern border, flooding the country with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants; propagation of cancel culture and arbitrary censorship of political rivals. And there’s more.
What’s the Biblical mandate?
Timothy (1 Timothy 2:1) urges us to petition, pray, and intercede for all those in authority that we may lead peaceful and quiet lives. As James says, we must put action to our prayers: “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17, NIV). The church, baptized in the Spirit, is a restraining force against evil in this world (Ephesians 6:12, NIV). The Bible is replete with examples of men and women of faith standing for truth and righteousness and upholding God’s laws before kings, governors and all types of rulers and authorities in the secular world—from Joseph, Elijah, and Samuel to John the Baptist, the apostle Paul, and Christ Jesus himself.
Do not bury your convictions, as the servant buried his master’s assets in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:25-30). Whether on your knees, among friends and family, in letters to representatives, or at the voting box, let your voice be heard.
World War II minister and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil, and God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
So, yes, in addition to prayer, we must engage politically in whatever capacity God has called us—whether that means political office, school board member, or simply an informed neighbor or active citizen, who promotes godly principles and regularly contacts his or her representatives, senators, and leaders at every level. The alternative? We turn our political affairs over to a secular society.
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