Do Religion and Politics Mix?

“IF THE RIGHTEOUS DO NOT STAND, THEY ARE ACCOMPLICES”

by RoseAnn Salanitri, ©2013, TPATH Contributor

(Oct. 31, 2013) — Before answering, ask yourself:  How did America, once a noble nation, become so confused?

It is estimated that only 25% of Christians vote.  Therefore, if this country is seeing the decline of the nation that was based on Christian principles, the blame for that decline rests solely on the shoulders of the 75% of Christians that do not vote their values. Some of the 75% may be apathetic but most subscribe to the notion that religion (a system of faith) and politics don’t mix.  Therefore, they contend that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics.

I have a few questions for the 75%:

  • Do you believe Moses was wrong when he delivered the Israelites from the oppression of Pharaoh?  Remember, Pharaoh was head of the Egyptian government.
  • Do you believe David was wrong when he slayed Goliath? Remember, Goliath was the champion of the Philistine government and this was a political challenge.
  • Do you think Samson was wrong when he pulled down the pillars of the temple of Dagon, freeing the Israelites from the oppression of the Philistines? Remember, the Philistine government was oppressing the Israelites.
  • Do you believe Joshua was wrong when he destroyed the walls of Jericho?  Remember, Jericho was an independent city that Joshua destroyed?
  • Do you believe Daniel was wrong when he disobeyed the law that ordered him to bow down and worship a pagan king?  Remember, the king was head of the government of Babylon at the time and Daniel disobeyed a legitimate law.
  • Do you think Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, were also wrong to refuse to worship pagan gods?  Remember, this was also the government’s law at the time.
  • Do you think Elijah was wrong to challenge Ahab and Jezebel?  Remember, Ahab and Jezebel were the government rulers at the time.
  • Do you think Queen Esther was wrong to approach the king on behalf of her people?  Remember, Queen Esther did not have the political right to do so?
  • Do you think John the Baptist was wrong to speak against Herod and Herodias? Remember, Herod was the Governor of Galilee at the time.
  • Do you think Jesus was wrong to call the Pharisees hypocrites?  Remember, the Pharisees were the religious and political party in Judea at that time.
  • Do you think Jesus was out of line when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the temple?  Remember, the moneychangers manipulated the value of the goods being exchanged for money at that time.
  • Do you think Peter and the apostles were wrong to continue preaching the Gospel after they had been ordered not to do so?  Remember, they were brought before the council of the high priests (who also ruled by liaison with the Romans) and they were ordered not to preach in Jesus’ name.
  • Do you think Galatians 5:1, that states: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage,” is antiquated and does not apply to people living in the 21st century?

Since all of the instances above are political in nature, if you answered “no” to any of the questions above, then you will either have to re-evaluate your position or accept the label of hypocrite. It is the burden of the Christian, the Jew, or any person of faith to vote for those whom represent their values. When they fail to do so in a country such as the United States, then the results are simple.  Their values are not represented in government. If they value life, if they value liberty, if they value the right to work for the things they desire, all these things are in jeopardy when they do not vote.

Edmund Burke once said:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 

These wise words that once served as a dire warning have now become an acute observation. Evil in many forms has triumphed in America and the blame does not reside with the Socialist/Communist/Marxist/Nazis that have infiltrated our government.  The blame lies with those who have plunged their heads into the sand while the foundations of America were being systematically dismantled. They may have convinced themselves that their faith has nothing to do with politics, but they have sadly deluded themselves and have allowed the voice of God to be muffled and the Spirit of God to be quenched.

True faith must permeate every aspect of our lives or it is not faith but a nice fairy tale that resides solely within the walls of our churches. They have bought one of the three greatest lies of the devil: that people of faith should not be involved in politics. (Note: the other two: you can be like God, and everything evolved through natural processes.)

Thank God, literally, that people like Moses, and Daniel, and Joshua, and Samson, Shadrach, Meshach Abednego, and Elijah, and Queen Esther, and the Apostle Peter, and many others knew better. If they didn’t, faith in God of the Bible would never have survived the Garden of Eden. Men would have always done what was right in their own eyes, and death of the human race by the inhumanity of man against man would have annihilated all of us by now.

If religion and politics don’t mix, it’s only because the politics of mankind continually tries to assert itself over the principles and precepts of God.  Will we stand for God and His principles or will we cowardly yield to the will of man? 75% of the Christians in America represent a number large enough to rein in the ungodly: to end abortion, to preserve traditional marriage, to end the ungodly indoctrination of our children.

As we see the very foundations of the American Dream crumble, Psalm 1:3 reverberates in my mind:

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 

If the righteous do not stand, they are not righteous – they are accomplices. So the final question is: will the 75% who consider themselves to be righteous wake up before it’s too late or will we one day be telling our grandchildren what it was like to live in a land where life was valued, liberty thrived, and you were free and able to pursue your dreams? May God have mercy on America and may His children awaken out of their stupor before it’s too late.

One Response to "Do Religion and Politics Mix?"

  1. Sidesaddle   Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Do Religion and Politics Mix?

    First, let me state that I appreciate your views.

    The Jewish “government” were men of faith who sat in the gates and gave righteous judgment according to His Word. And the verdict they gave was final, with no appeals to anyone higher. Who could be higher than God?

    In the 2012 election, the two candidates was a Muslim versus a Mormon/Romney. Possibly this is the reason many Christians did not go to the polls. Yes, I’ve heard the saying “vote for the lesser of two evils.” However, they are still voting for evil.
    http://carm.org/mormon-beliefs

    If Christians were in the majority, then Chuck Baldwin should have been President in 2008.
    Nah, they were too busy discussing whether if McCain being born in Panama was an American citizen. Too bad they did not take the same approach when vetting Obama.

    Don’t Know Chuck Baldwin? You Should…
    Submitted by PoliticalPatriot on Thu, 10/31/2013 – 10:50
    http://www.dailypaul.com/304066/dont-know-chuck-baldwin-you-should

    HAVE CHURCHES BECOME AGENTS OF THE STATE?
    http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin777.htm

    Another view on today’s church.
    Randy Salter on Save Your Soul By Leaving Your Government Controlled Church

    We are in a spiritual war according to Eph, 6:10-13

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    Acts 6:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

    Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    Spurious Altar Call/Invitation Where Did It Come From?
    Ironically, “the old fashioned altar call” was unheard of until the nineteenth century. It first came into being by the influence of Charles Finney, the pioneer of modern evangelistic methods. In Finney’s crusades (c. 1830)

    What is often shocking to many who use the modern invitation system is that the altar call is just that modern. The practice, although widespread, is a very new phenomenon in the Christian church. For nearly nineteen centuries no one had ever heard of the practice. Such well-known evangelists as George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and even John Wesley had never even heard of such a custom. And Charles Spurgeon, that passionate winner of souls par excellence, although well acquainted with the practice, firmly refused to adopt it and even criticized it severely.

    Thank you again, for your editorial.

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