I have been involved in numerous local, city and national initiatives related to the body of Christ. Often, our mantra circles around the term “we need unity in the body of Christ”. While that is a good start, it should not be the end game for the church. In John 17:20-23 Jesus’s prayer for the church is that we would be one.
Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” The word righteousness in this passage is not referring to an individual’s right standing with God but to a nation that adheres to God’s righteous standards as found in His moral law. Notice it is not democrats or republicans who exalt a nation but righteousness.
In this politically correct age, when Evangelicals are starting to gain more and more cultural traction as they gain more political, economic and academic power it is becoming more tempting for Evangelicals to do away with some biblical beliefs that embarrass our public personas and impede acceptance by worldly power brokers in this so called “tolerant,” “multicultural,” and “diverse” society.
In Genesis 1:26-28, we read the original covenant of creation God gave Adam. This is the most important covenant in the bible to understand our purpose in the earth because it shows the original intent in which we were created. Essentially, man, made in the image of God, was called to have children; he was called to multiply them, fill the earth, which would lead to subduing it and having dominion. Thus, the original covenant God gave humankind was to influence all of culture or the created order.
Although we can get ideas and extrapolate principles regarding the application of the moral law to culture from the 613 civic laws, it is important we also attempt to see how the Ten Commandments can affect present day public policy. Because the Ten Commandments are not the sole focus of this book, I will just use a few of the Ten Commandments to show that they are still relevant to public policy today.
In scripture there are five basic jurisdictions (or governments) God has set up in His Kingdom:
5-Religious or church government
Years ago a well-known New York City megachurch pastor (whom I know and like) was interviewed by Katie Couric regarding his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage. To paraphrase (in my own words), the pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with the root issues of the heart and not the symptoms of sin; that is, Jesus never took a stand on the moral issues of His day. For us, this means we should not make general statements regarding important moral issues of society but instead deal with these controversial issues in personal dialogue with those who have questions.
As I move closer towards my latter years (I was born in 1958), I have often reflected on the implications of the need for older leaders in regards to living out my purpose. Instead of fearing old age, I actually welcome it because of my biblical view. In this day and age, many young people make the huge mistake of thinking they know better than their father’s generation simply because they are more versed in technology and social media.
With the election of a new president in the United States in the next year, many people are wondering how God allows or chooses someone to become the leader of a nation. Since the church is actually referred to as a nation (1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 21:43) that is called to manifest God’s kingdom and disciple all the other nations of the world (Luke 11:2; Matthew 28:19), it behooves us to understand the theology behind geopolitical movements on the earth.
I preach in a lot of different places and have been involved in evangelism and overseeing a local church for more than three decades. I have often found that it is not the Gospel that turns people off but the people carrying the Gospel that turns them off! It is my opinion that church leadership remove as many unnecessary stumbling blocks as possible so that as many as possible can be saved.