Spiritual Deception or Political Blindness: What does the Church Suffer From?
“Time flies when you’re having fun”.
So the saying goes. However, I find the time that we are living in is flying faster than ever – even though we’re suffering in this kettle of pain we chose to jump into back in 2008. At the time the nation was chanting “Hope and Change” and “Yes We Can”. Now the nation is slowly waking up to the fact that without God there is no “Hope”. To be independent from Him will not result in any “Change”. Finally, we in the Church who have been commissioned by God to save the lost, recognized that by dazzling people with our hip programs, our seeker sensitive culture and our palatable Gospel, we have concluded that without the power of the Holy Spirit, “No We Can’t”.
We are about 9 months away from choosing another President. There has been a lot of chatter in churches – “Black” churches especially, that people will re-elect Barack Obama based solely on his skin tone. Regardless of your political affiliation, the standard of choosing a leader to rule over you should always be based on the Word of God. Those who choose political expediency over God’s Word are no better. Sarah Palin, who claims to be an unashamed Christian wrote a note on Facebook concerning Bella Santorum, Rick Santorum’s daughter who was admitted to the hospital recently, “Thank you, Rick and Karen Santorum, for living the Christ-like example of sacrifice and right priorities”….. Yet she endorses Newt Gingrich for President?
As I have said in previous postings, “Just because I say I’m a Cadillac, doesn’t mean that I am”. As this and subsequent years moves on – providing that the Lord tarries, it will become more and more evident of who verbalizes the teachings of Christ, as opposed to who lives them. In Biblical terms, the chaff has grown with the wheat and harvest time is upon us (see Matthew 13:24-30). This doesn’t mean that those who have made mistakes that repentance is not available to them. I am speaking directly to those who have chosen to walk in error and refuse to look at that error for what it is. That the pride in their heart is more important than the approval of the Holy Spirit. That their position holds more sway than God’s direction. That the ruling of men is tantamount than the serving of them. These leaders and all that willing to follow them are part of the Laodicean church that Jesus spoke of that are miserable, wretched, blind, poor, and naked ( See Revelation 3:17).
In the coming months we will see more political rhetoric than ever – on both sides of the aisle. Our countrymen will be doing a lot finger pointing saying that “My side is right”. or “God is on my side”. While there maybe instances that could bear that out, I think Abraham Lincoln said it best:
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
Lincoln knew a thing or two about having a clear vision to eliminate tyranny; what we now call slavery. We in the Church should learn from history, lest we damn our country to repeat it.