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Abdication’s Road To Ruin

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By John Miltenberger


 

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“Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, [you] hypocrites? “Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription [is] this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

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[Matthew 22:17-21; NKJV]

I don’t really like Facebook, and I actually look forward to the day when it will cease to exist, but as I do have it, I stuff my page with Christian blogs (usually my own), conservative political articles and observations, and political humor. I should add that nowhere is the link between comedy and tragedy more evident than in political humor. What is interesting to me is the general lack of “likes” I receive for the political things I post. Only a few of my crazy veteran friends seem to be willing to stand out and declare themselves.

Perhaps most of those who read my political posts are socialists (democrats), but I doubt it or I would be getting hate mail from them. Hate seems to be thriving on the left side of the aisle these days. Imagine being known for hating! What a legacy. What concerns me is the apparent lack of political engagement by Christians in America, because unless God likes Americans better than anyone else, He placed us here for His own Kingdom reasons. But rather than embrace those reasons, and respond accordingly, many Christians still find solace in tucking their heads in religious, Christian sand. “Politics” is too dirty for us to be concerned about, don’t you know? We must be better than that!

I fully understand that God’s Kingdom takes precedence over any kingdom of man, and should come first in our devotion on all counts, but I would also point out that Christians in America very often avoid political discussions by hiding behind their beliefs. God had good reasons for putting us in this almost free country, and I say ‘almost’ because many “good” Christians have been dodging their civic responsibilities for decades.

America has, in my opinion, a unique destiny on the world stage, and God birthed our nation for His own, unique reasons, and yet as the heathen are too captivated by worldly events and politics, American Christians have almost completely succeeded in subtracting themselves from the political ambience of our culture.           We have, in this aloofness, abdicated our God given governmental responsibilities to the heathen, who seem to have a proclivity for hating God…and anyone else who disagrees with them. Do we really want them to govern over us while we yet live?

Frankly, without Christians making inroads in our governmental proceedings, particularly now, in 2017, I fail to see how America will stand out as a “Christian nation”, anymore than individual Christians will stand out by being cowed into silence. How is that being an example?

It may just be that America exists and has been set apart by God Himself, to impact the world for Christ, to stand with Israel when nobody else will, and to facilitate the presentation of Christ to the Jews, as Israel’s long-awaited Messiah. How will that happen if American Christians, by their dismal lack of political involvement, try to evangelize the world for Jesus from inside our very own socialist run gulags? Can’t happen? Think again. I’m sure that never seemed possible to millions of European Jews in the late 1930’s, but they were murdered right out of their opinions.

I can’t see why we can’t understand, as American freeborn and re-born Christians, why freedom is not worth investing in. If we don’t value it, or if we take it for granted (which we do), who will maintain it? The socialists? If we are too ‘heavenly minded to be of any earthly good’, by our own choice, how is that not putting our Lights under baskets? Were we left here to passively march off to another train full of socialist boxcars? I feel confident in declaring that was never, and is not now, God’s plan for America.

If we want to be free to talk about Jesus to a lost world, it only makes sense that we remain free to do it.

Abdication is the road to ruin; some things never change. I’m just offended that after all the history, just in the last century, we good Christians can’t seem to figure it out.

John


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