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Friday, June 26, 2015

Christianity is not a political system.

     Every now and then, a columnist will equate the Christian faith with her or his particular political beliefs.

     One example of such equating is the column "Tea Party Report: I Met a 15-Year-Old Christian Girl With More Nerve Than Most Ministers" written by Doug Giles.  In the column, Doug Giles says, "Somehow, somewhere pastors have decided not to speak out against political corruption and instead retreat into their quaint Christian ghetto on the sidelines of life and remain silent as our nation sinks into socialism."

     Well, I have news for Mr. Giles.  Nowhere in the New Testament is socialism forbidden.  Indeed, the New Testament neither endorses nor forbids any kind of civil government.  Like it or not, the New Testament is politically neutral.

     Please don't get me wrong.  I am opposed to the USA being turned into the United Socialist States of America.  I enjoy the rights that I have under the U.S. Bill of Rights, and want the federal government to abide by the Tenth Amendment.

     Yet, I keep in mind that my constitutional rights aren't biblical rights.  Despite what the Declaration of Independence says, nowhere in the Bible does God grant unalienable rights such as "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".   The only right mentioned in the Bible is the one mentioned in the first chapter of the New Testament book of John, and that right is purely a spiritual right, not an earthly right. 

     A promotion of political causes isn't the same thing as a promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the latter - not the former - is the job of pastors.  Apparently Doug Giles has forgotten that fact.

There is nothing wrong with a Christian supporting a particular political cause.  However, there is something wrong with a Christian getting a political cause confused with the cause of the Christian faith.  Getting the two confused helps neither.

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