Friday, July 9, 2010

Does political involment distract people from the Gospel??

The book, Systematic Theology: an Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, was written by Wayne Grudem. In the book Grudem calls upon Christians in the United Kingdom to stand against threats to the Gospel by engaging in politics and increasing their influence on government.

Grudem packed St. Helen’s church in Bishopsgate, London, last Thursday night in the first leg of his U.K. tour tackling the question of whether political involvement distracts from the Gospel.
During the speech Grudem expressed that God was Calling Christians to “stand against evil.” Christian should push to remove from the public square those things that would silence the gospel (primarily homosexuality laws  and abortion laws.




He also stated that excluding religion from the public square altogether could be as damaging as the government imposing religion on people.




Grudem somehow reasons that having to confine religion to the home, lawsuits against the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings and courtrooms, and moves to prevent schools from using church buildings will “threaten the voice of the church and the voice of Christians.”

I’m not sure if I agree with that. This ‘religion’ that we call Christianity after close analysis, more closely resembles a way of life. Something you do every moment of the day. How you walk and talk. The way you conduct yourself, how can this ever be confined to your place of residence.

Besides very few follow the 10 commandments anyhow. The 2nd commandment says ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.’




Yet the vast majority of the ‘Christian’ world walks around with a carved image of a cross on their necklace, T-shirt, bumper sticker, living room wall, or even Bible cover etc. The fact that you do not bow down to your carved image, does not change the fact you shouldn’t have it.   :-O







LET IT BE KNOWN: The Cross is Not a Christian symbol!
The 4th commandment also says to Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. The fact that it says “Remember” implies that we would forget. Then when we read it again we should start to keep the Sabbath day holy. But 90% of Christians don’t even realize that Sunday is not God’s Sabbath! 


Grudem also argued that government and evangelism were two tools God had given Christians to defeat evil. (This is starting to sound like a sermon. I for one cannot think of anywhere in the Bible where Government is used to defeat evil.)
Grudem ended his interview concluding that the best strategy for Christians to pursue in the current political climate was to “exert significant influence on government.”

The tour, hosted by The Christian Institute ends Wednesday in Chessington.


"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
(Ecclesiastes 12:13)



FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes): Serve God!  Focus on the Commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. We have prophecy so we Know, with an almost arrogant certainty that certain things will happen in the last days. Unfortunately the U.S government is not now nor has it ever been more than a generic version of a Christian government. Do not confuse America and Britain with the ‘promised land’. When David was King everything in his government revolved around the Commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Not exactly comparable to George Washington.?


May the Lord add a blessing to those whom are able to decipher the signs of the times…





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