Written by The Patriot Pastor Garrett Lear
James Chapter 2 verse 17 (KJV) … “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Often, I am asked why bother being involved with “politics”, it is such a nasty business. Well, before I give my response to that statement, let me quote from an American foundational document … “Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid…”
That is from the Mayflower Compact which I consider to be “The Birth Certificate of America. Pay very close attention to its three fundamental parts… 1) Glory to God; 2) Advancement of the Christian faith; 3) Together in a Civil Body Politick. This is how America began.
These fine Christian folk did not think it wrong or useless to be involved in politics or that Christians should remain absent from such pursuits. They thought it essential! They also had first hand experience with what happens when Christians are disengaged with the culture.
The Constitution of The State of Massachusetts (1780) stated: “I,___________, do declare, that I believe the Christian religion, and have firm persuasion of its truth.” Christians were expected to be involved in politics and were preferred. Please remember the preamble to The Constitution of The United States which begins with, “We the people…”.
So, my answer is that politics is nasty because we the people of Christ have not been involved enough! I hope your theology will not prevent you from realizing that or prevent you from being strategically involved. All the great movements of the world have been led by Christians and many atrocities have prospered (such as Nazism, Communism, Tyranny and Dictatorship) when The Church was wrong-headed, slow or absent in the culture war.
Edward Everett Hale who was Chaplain of The US Senate in the late 1800’s said; ” I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. And because I can not do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do by the grace of God. I will do.”
John Wesley, The Founder of Methodism, said in 1775, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways that you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can…” The great reformer Martin Luther called this vocational theology.
By now, certainly, you can see where I am heading with this. Politics (and for that matter any other sphere of influence) is nasty because good people vacate their responsibility to be strongly salt and strongly light. I see no conflict in loving God and loving the country of my native birth. I think about what will happen to my posterity (my children, grandchildren, etc.) if America continues in this moral decline. The Lord knows my labors for Him and I want my posterity to know that I was active in preserving their freedoms and liberties. General (1st President) George Washington gave orders to the troops at Valley Forge in 1778; “To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian.” As the Scripture, that I opened this piece with, confirms… I will show my faith by my works and trust that The Lord Jesus Christ through His grace will make it count where it should.
What is the benefit of all this? Do not think for one minute that the globalists, communists, cultists, religionists, humanists, secularists, atheists, and all the other “ists” will leave you alone if you just do not get involved… history is replete with proofs otherwise. We will be expected and even forced to obey bad laws ( that are not even laws at all) if they are enacted. Then what? The Early New Testament Church and The Colonial Americans knew otherwise! God save America. I will have no other king but KING JESUS… oh, to hear those precious words… well done thou good and faithful servant.
“When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 KJV
The Patriot Pastor and the Heroes of Liberty
The Patriot Pastor and the Heroes of Liberty
Garrett Lear 12/29/06AD