- Religion and Philosophy
What Is Our Call In American Society As Christians
The Christian Mandate
Christians suffering from injustice without retaliating is the truest mirroring of Jesus will, Jesus renounced force at the Cross. Jesus said His Kingdom was to be Spiritual , NOT political and He clearly never condoned the use of force to promote His goals. Consideration was to be given to foes said both Peter & Paul (Romans 12:14-21 & 1 Peter 2:20-24). One time Jesus told the disciples to get swords, yet we have no record of them ever using them, except for the one incident with Peter when they came to arrest Jesus. Poor Peter, rebuked yet again by Jesus. There's a funny "aside" to this story though, if you've never caught it before. Peter actually thought that Jesus needed his help, well, maybe not, maybe he was just reacting, but the fact that Jesus mere words as to who He was (Jesus of Nazareth) "I am He", knocked the accusers & guards down, twice! So then Peter pulls a sword, it's almost laughable.
The Scriptures should be the Churches mandate, and them only, the Church has no right or authority to go beyond His divine Word. Pastors especially, as Christs representatives, should be limited by His Words. It seems an abuse of divine authority and congregant / parishionertrust when this office is used to promote or endorse politicians, party affiliation, or Gov't policies. It seems that the Church may need to stop seeking man's (worldly) agenda and start Praying for God's (Divine) directive. We, the "Church" as Christs organization have a very defined commission of worldwide & eternal importance, perhaps we need to tend to our own affairs, getting our-self (as a Church) in order. Perhaps in place of the Church trying to legislate & dictate, which is not it's directive, maybe the "body of Christ" as individuals or small groups of believers, could have a far greater impact with their talents outside the formal structure.
So Now What?
Jesus said "Give to Caesar, what is Caesars", He didn't say "Participate with Caesar in what is Caesars".
Political Conservatism - is an ideology tied to unrestricted capitalism.
Social Conservatism - Is a Moral & Ethical standard noted by restraint & modesty.
Until this morning that would have been about the end of this writing. And I must say that a few years ago, I wouldn't have written this piece, likely wouldn't have agreed with it either, but things have changed, I'm focusing more on God and less on man, especially politicians and political pundits. I'm by no means saying that the liberal side is correct either, I think Christian involvement in ALL politics is wrong. Back to the begining of this, Jesus mandate was a Spiritual one, NOT a political one. Then this morning I read some scripture and it hit me as it never had before, (oddly?) this writing was planned for today, coincidence? I think not!
Matthew 4:8 & 9 - Again the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the Kingdoms of the world, and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You fall down and worship me."
It was like POW!, that's it right there! The Kingdoms of this world are satan's, he has control of the kingdoms - plain & simple, be it rulers, kings, monarchs or an assembly of people. This verse makes it SO obvious & apparent that satan controls nations (leadership), hence, Gov't. Now, doesn't that change things and further validate the conclusion of this writing. Now, we know from other verses where were commanded to obey our leaders as they are set by God, that He has ultimate control, but He has given satan the authority & run here on earth, the above verse proves that. Note that Jesus didn't reply to him that he didn't have that authority or the power to offer that. Wow! Seek ye first His kingdom & His righteousness!