Politics, Pastors and Business as Usual Part 1
The Wake-up Herald
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
August 21, 2012
"Politics, Pastors and Business as Usual
by Robert McCurry
“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12). Obviously the nation whose God is not the true Jehovah God is not “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied).” Sadly, America has departed from its original moorings and has become a nation of religious polytheism (many gods) having rejected the true Christian monotheism (the one true Jehovah God) by disobeying the First Commandment, “Thou shall have no other God’s before me” (Exodus 20:3) and by rejecting God’s perfect law, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7); substituting God’s law with the man designed U.S. Constitution and tens of thousands of manmade state and federal laws.
America is only a few days away from the 2012 presidential election and the ushering in of another four year presidential regime. The economy, unemployment, immigration and ‘Obamacare’ are among the primary hot-button political subjects. In addition to the usual promises of reform, progress and prosperity by the candidates, there are also charges and countercharges of incompetence. ‘Meaningful dialogue’ between the opponents quickly degenerates into mudslinging.
- “Politics: Poli a Latin word meaning: many; and tics meaning; bloodsucking creatures.” ― Robin P. Williams
- “Presidents are selected, not elected.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “Politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth.” ― Paul Krugman
- “As government expands liberty contracts.” ― Ronald Reagan
- “Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'.” ― Ronald Reagan
- “It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.” ― H.L. Mencken
Whether Romney or Obama prevail in the November 2012 election, what can be expected from the winner? Will the winner really change things or will it be business as usual?
Patrick J. Buchanan, a seasoned political analyst, says,
“Our two-party system is a fraud, a sham, a delusion. On foreign policy, trade, immigration, Big Government, we have one-party government, one party press; and conservatives are being played for suckers.” He is right.
Alabama Governor George Wallace once said,
“There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.” He was right.
Helen Keller once said,
“We vote. What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” She was right.
In his classic work The Law, first published in June 1850, Frederic Bastiat wrote:
"When it is time to vote . . . the voter is not to be asked for any guarantee of his wisdom. His will and capacity to choose wisely are taken for granted. Can the people be mistaken? Are we not living in an age of enlightenment? What! Are the people always to be kept on leashes? Have they not won their rights by great effort and sacrifice? Have they not given ample proof of their intelligence and wisdom? Are they not adults? Are they not capable of judging for themselves? Do they not know what is best for them? Is there a class or a man who would be so bold as to set himself above the people and judge and act for them? No, no, the people are and should be free. They desire to manage their own affairs, and they shall do so.
But when the legislator is finally elected — ah! Then indeed does the tone of his speech undergo a radical change. The people are returned to passiveness, inertness, and unconsciousness; the legislator enters into omnipotence. Now it is for him to initiate, to direct, to propel, and to organize. Mankind has only to submit; the hour of despotism has struck. We now observe this fatal idea: The people, who, during the election, were so wise, so moral, and so perfect, now have no tendencies whatever; or if they have any, they are tendencies that lead downward into degradation." Frederic Bastiat [1801-1850], French economist, statesman, and author.
“We must remain cynical of political power, politics, and politicians. Don’t trust anyone … Politics is not the kingdom of God. Politics does not ‘bring in the kingdom’ or any other such nonsense … One day’s political victory is not evidence that either a reformation or a revival has come to America. Politics is not the Gospel. The changing of the political guard will not reconcile people to God.” Gary DeMar, Biblical Worldview, December 1994
No political party or platform, however conservative or moral it may claim to be, can save us. No politician, however articulate and persuasive he may be, can save us. No legislation, however ‘constitutional’ it may be, can save us. Salvation—personal and national—is of the Lord. Our trust must be only in the true Jehovah God. He alone is wise enough, powerful enough, pure enough, and competent to save and deliver us. He alone gives the victory and He alone is to be praised.
God’s Word and political folly
America’s political, economic and big-government ills are popular themes of pre-election discussions. Of course, these are important subjects and they must be discussed. Unfortunately, the root causes of these ills are ignored. God’s Word is clear about what causes national declension. “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov 14:34). Sin is the transgression of God’s law. America’s problems won’t go away until the sin problem is dealt with God’s way. God commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel or perish.
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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