We all want societal change
Copyright © 2004 by BREAD OF LIFE Ministries
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Our elected leaders have appropriated varied ways of reforming the country without significant progress. Even the previous involvement of religious leaders in politics has not made a marked difference.
The solution to our national woes will not come when Church leaders enter partisan politics but when they build up their congregations spiritually.
Perhaps you have heard the story of the Keeper of the Spring.
As salt and light of the earth, Christians must practice the Good News as A PEOPLE OF COMPASSION, EXCELLENCE, and INTEGRITY. We need to be an inspiration to our family, neighbors, and co-workers. In the end, this impact will affect the societal change we desire.
An actual example in U.S. history shows this principle well:
During the 1870s, abortion was a major moral crisis. But between 1910 and the 1960s, the abortion rate was cut down to 50%. However, this turnout was NOT ACCOMPLISHED BY RALLYING AGAINST ABORTIONISTS OR PASSING LAWS but by the Christian Churches and Movements that offered POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES to help abandoned pregnant women.
Organizations like “The Salvation Army and Florence Crittenton Homes concentrated on helping abandoned women. Between 1833 and 1933, Crittenton Homes helped 500,000 unmarried women.
Evangelists like D.L. Moody always carried in their pockets the names and addresses of families who would provide a room in their homes to unmarried women who found themselves pregnant and without resources. These ministries made an effective difference in the country.
These ministries made an effective difference in the country.
CONFUSION OF CONVICTIONS
In 2004, Christian Church leaders’ involvement in the current political scene was a big tragedy for the Church. This involvement in political partisanship has misrepresented the Church and muddied her spiritual testimony.
A retrospect of the “JDV DEBACLE” [Jesus’ Declaration of Victory], wherein the name of the Lord was sadly and erroneously dragged to endorse then presidentiable Jose de Venecia (JDV), has not done enough to rectify Christians of the dismal effect of misapplying church involvement in political partisanship.
The incorrect exegetical use of scripture to support this participation is a perilous disregard for biblical scholarship and church history.
It counters the spirit and intent of the “Non-Establishment Clause” in the Principle of Separation of Church and State — a conviction for which men and women of God in history died.
“…gave some to be apostles, … prophets, … evangelists, and … pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up,” said the apostle Paul.
“…When the church confuses spiritual and political convictions, it is tempted to use political power to forward a “spiritual” agenda… That assumption leads the church into trouble.” [Don Ratzlaff, 1993]
Alexis de Tocqueville, the famed French statesman who studied the phenomenal rise of the United States with regard to democracy and its religious society.
It was religion that gave birth to the English colonies in America… Religion in America takes NO DIRECT PART in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions… [Os Guinness, The Great Experiment, 2001]
Then he noted something vital regarding the role of ministers:
The American clergy, in general… are all in favor of civil freedom, but they DO NOT SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL SYSTEM. They keep ALOOF FROM PARTIES AND FROM PUBLIC AFFAIRS.”
We need to remember that the most powerful movement of God in history did not happen in the palace of Herod but the quiet manger of Bethlehem. Our Lord Jesus Himself chose this way as THE PATH OF REAL AND LASTING CHANGE.