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God’s Word Covers All

09 Mar

By the words ‘covers all’ we are talking about the fact that it is authoritative in all fields of life. You cannot pick and choose where to apply God’s word. Years ago we had a Christian friend stated on a Western English teacher’s discussion forum that businesses were exempt from following God’s word. He was mistaken, just like those who think that politicians are exempt from following what God has said.

Jerry Falwell Jr., a prominent Evangelical leader with a reputation for exerting influence in politics, said Thursday that Jesus Christ would have objected to the idea that religion should influence political leaders or electoral politics

{This and all quotes will come from the article ‘Evangelical Leader Claims ‘Jesus Never Intended To Give Instructions’ To Politicians’ and found at the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jerry-falwell-jr-religion-politics_us_56c6182ae4b0c3c5505420c8?ir=Religion&section=us_religion&utm_hp_ref=religion}

So we must ask what divine guidelines are there for politicians and where can they be found? If there are none then are we to conclude that politicians get to continue to follow those who are blind and deceived, an idea that runs contrary to the teaching of the bible? As we read scriptures, we do not find any permission or escape clauses that allow politicians to ignore what God has said in his word.

There are no commands in any passage that deals with the lives of Kings and other leaders that say, ‘go and do thou likewise’ and if there were, would they be found by the good examples, even though they sinned like Saul, David & Solomon, or would that command be found by all the bad political leaders discussed in the Bible, like Herod or OT kings who did evil in the sight of the Lord?

“Jesus never intended to give instructions to political leaders on how to run a country,” Falwell said in an interview with CNN

Obviously he did when he said blessed are the peacemakers as that area of life is part of the political arena as much as making war is.There are countless verses in the bible that provide instructions to politicians on how to run a country–

Mt 5:33 Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, do not break your oath,  but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.
Mt 5:34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all:  either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
Mt 5:35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
Mt 5:36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
Mt 5:37 Simply let your yes be yes,?and your no no anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

or these from Solomon who was a politician

Pr 6:16 There are six things the LORD hates,  seven that are detestable to him:

Pr 6:17 haughty eyes,  a lying tongue,  hands that shed innocent blood,
Pr 6:18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,feet that are quick to rush into evil,
Pr 6:19 a false witness  who pours out lies  and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

If these do not direct a politician on how to run his office and a country then what will? How many times have political candidates and incumbents been accused of lying, shedding innocent blood, devised wicked schemes and so on? Surely these words cut to the heart of the problem in politics and tells the candidate to cleanup their acts and fly right.

Or how about these words:

Mt 23:23 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth  of your spices mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness.  You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Mt 23:24 You blind guides! l You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Mt 23:25 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Mt 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Mt 23:27 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs,  which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.
Mt 23:28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

How many times have politicians been caught being hypocrites or ignoring justice, mercy and faithfulness? Yes Jesus did tell politicians how to run a country and if he didn’t the other biblical authors filled that vacuum. We do not need to appeal to Jesus alone when we also have God’s words in the other 62 books of the Bible.

“It’s not our job to choose the best Sunday school teacher, like Jimmy Carter was,” Falwell said. “It’s our job to choose … who would defend and protect our nation, who would be the best president. Who would lead us away from $20 trillion in debt and restore the country’s economic viability.”

Yet wouldn’t a man who was spiritual, had good character and integrity do just that? Why would such a man  described in that quote only be found corrupt, sinful side of the world? Someone who was honest would do a far better job than one who is corrupt.

The principle of separating religious life from civic life is rooted in both the Bible and the U.S. Constitution.

This is just not so. At least for the Bible end of it and all we have to do is point to Solomon who went to God for wisdom to rule his nation. or how about those kings who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord? Surely they did not rule by placing their beliefs to the side and still found favor with God by following secular ideology or political rules.

You want to please God then you obey him and not those secularists who do not want God involved in their civilizations or lives.

“I really believe that anybody on the left or the right that tries to invoke the teachings of Jesus to say they should vote for this candidate or that candidate, I think they’re stretching Scripture,” he said in a recent interview with The New York Times.

And we would agree with that. Christians are not supposed to vote for someone simply because they invoke the right Christian buzz words or catchphrases. Nor are they to vote for someone who claims to be a Christian for as we know by biblical and historical examples, Christians do fail and end up worse than their secular counterparts.

Appearing with Trump in Iowa earlier this year, Jeffress all but endorsed Trump with a remark that could have been confusing to the followers who look to him for spiritual and political guidance: “Although as a pastor I cannot officially endorse a candidate,” he said, “[I’m] absolutely convinced that Donald Trump would make a great president of the United States.”

This is not a good move either as pastors should not be telling their people who to vote for nor try to influence the elections with their endorsements. Voting is an individual activity one that should not be influenced by those who hold certain authority over their members. people should be left to make their own decisions after examining what each candidate stands for and what they believe. This should be coupled with examining the lives of the politicians to see which fruit they produce.

The Bible does give us clues on how to vote because God is a part of all elections. God should be a part of all politicians lives in a real sense for only he can provide the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that is needed to govern a nation. As we look at Nebuchadnezzar or the Pharaohs during the time of Joseph that God does want those people who gain political power to follow his ways.

Then we can point to his sending Jonah to the whole city of Nineveh with a message for the King on down to repent and follow his ways or else. Yes God does want those political leaders to give up their sin and make him a part of their administration– the leading part.To say that God or Jesus did not want themselves and their way a part of the political process is to misread and misapply scripture.

We need true believers as our political leaders and that they follow correctly what both God and Jesus taught in the bible. That is the only way we will have strong, healthy and prosperous nations. Obedience to God and his word are a part of the political process. Without them, then we have the blind leading the blind, the deceived leading the deceived including those who claim to be Christian yet do not allow their faith in God and God himself to guide their ways.

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