The Spiritual Fight Is Spiritual


I realize this title is less than profound, but I think it needs to be said because error abounds on both sides of the Christians-and-politics (or Christians-and-patriotism) struggle. As I pointed out yesterday, God clearly states our enemy is not of the flesh-and-blood kind, yet it seems Christians today are determined to fight either liberal politicians or Mormon commentator Glenn Beck.

Remember, Mr. Beck stirred up all this discussion when he led a restoring honor rally at the end of August, one that many evangelical Christians have embraced.

Here are the salient points as I see them.

* America has drifted from its Puritan roots—morally and spiritually.

* Present-day leadership—corporate, labor, governmental—seems uninterested in more than band-aid treatments of gaping wounds.

* Religious groups who hold to similar moral standards—Catholics, evangelicals, Mormons—find themselves more often pushed onto the same side of controversial issues, ones that only became controversial with the rise of liberalism.

* Siding with someone from a different religious persuasion to accomplish a common goal is not wrong. (We do this every time we do business with a non-Christian, whether it is buying groceries, going to a movie, getting our mail from the USPS, or what have you).

* Assuming someone who agrees with my political stance is a Christian, is wrong. Scripture tells us to be on the alert, to be discerning, to keep watch. Assuming a spiritual truth without examining the facts is contrary to these admonitions.

So back to Glenn Beck and his restore honor rally. Christians need to pay attention and not be swept up by platitudes that sound high-minded.

Please note, I love my country. I’ve lived abroad on three occasions and have visited a couple additional continents. I haven’t seen another country I’d rather live in, for all the US’s faults. I suspect most citizens feel the same about their own country.

The thing that troubles me on one hand is the “America is God’s country” talk. God’s country is actually heaven. He has no intention of setting up His kingdom in America. Even when He erases this old earth and establishes a new heaven and a new earth, His chosen city for His throne is the new Jerusalem, not the new Washington, DC.

That’s hard for some American Christians to take.

Conversely, while we’re here, sojourning for the few odd years God gives us, we are responsible to do our best for our country. Lots of verses point to this. We are to obey authority, pray for our leaders, pay our taxes, and I think, by extension, vote—knowledgeably and prayerfully. In other words, it’s not OK for us to stuff cotton in our ears and start humming when someone talks politics.

However, we are to set our minds on things above, not on the things that are on the earth (Col. 3:2). In other words, we should care a lot more about God’s agenda than we do about a politician’s political agenda (whether liberal or conservative).

Where does that leave us in this Glenn Beck debate?

I suggest these points.

* Christians should know what Mormonism is and isn’t. It is a cult with extra Biblical beliefs. It is not a Christian denomination, nor do its members worship the God of the Bible, know His Son Jesus, or have His Holy Spirit.

* Mormons, like Muslims, adhere to a strict moral code, some of which is consistent with the Bible. When a Christian wishes to fight for the life of the unborn or preserve the meaning of marriage or a variety of other moral issues, teaming up with Mormons may occur.

* Teaming up with Mormons to pray for a restoration of our nation is wrong. What Mormons mean by that is vastly different from what a Christian means, just as a Mormon saying he believes in Jesus is vastly different from what a Christian means.

More on this next time.

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Published in: on September 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm  Comments (15)  
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