Constitutional Thinking: Christians, churches, duties
It’s that time again, and just about everyone is at least thinking about the election, whether they actually plan to vote of not.
We all need to learn what our forefathers thought about Christians and government.
From 1638 until the 1950s, Pastors did Election Sermons and addressed State legislatures about what God had to say about ethics and government.
Now most pastors think politics is a dirty word and has to be kept separate from the other religious teachings.
They believe what happens in government should stay outside the church, but the Bible makes no such distinction.
Christians are kept in the dark instead of being encouraged to think about issues such as liberty, citizenship, political correctness, economics, or war and peace.
If home, church and government were established by God, why should Christians stay out of government and leave the field to non-believers?
Lyndon B. Johnson and Congress in 1954, violated the first amendment and many pastors today not only back away from their proper duties, they have in recent years joined the evil side.
They often forbid talk of politics in their churches, and often support tyranny by being anti-second amendment or they secretly join FEMA programs where they will be responsible for telling you to turn your guns in when asked to do so by the government.
The early pastors not only talked politics, they told their flock who to vote for. They thought we should fulfill the obligations of Heaven and our duties as citizens of the United States. Evangelist Charles Finney said "politics is part of religion" and went on to say "He will bless or curse this nation, according to the course Christians take."
John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, expected us to elect Christians to office. Why would he not expect this, when the success of our Revolutionary War against Britain was won in large part due to the "Black Robed Regiment", pastors of the day, who led the fight for liberty. The word religion meant Christian then.
During the war, the motto was, "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."
After church, pastors would lead their flock in the fight for liberty.
This is well exemplified by Pastor John Muhlenberg, who read to his congregation from Ecclesiastes about a time for peace and a time for war.
He then continued, "There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray. But there is a time to fight, and that time has now come."
Taking off his black robe, the congregation was startled to see an officer’s uniform George Washington had days before given him, when he was asked to start what would become the 7th Virginia Regiment.
Muhlenberg led them throughout the war, became a Major General, and was present for the surrender of British General Cornwallis at Yorktown.
Presbyterian pastor James Caldwell in New Jersey, brought two pistols to the pulpit, and so many Presbyterian pastors were involved in the war effort, that King George called the war a "Presbyterian rebellion." Baptists, Lutherans, and others joined in.
Today, we need our pastors to awaken to what our country really should be.
Our Constitution is not divine, but is based upon the Bible.
The government cannot interfere in the church and is to be kept out of church business, but the church is not to be kept out of government.
The church is the conscience of America.
The church is not tax exempt; it is tax immune, since the power to tax is the power to destroy.
Pastors need to learn our history they were not taught in either school or seminary, and help us all correct the mistakes we have made.
They don’t get a free pass.
If our pastors fail to do the right thing, we will likely fail to keep our freedoms.
You need find like minded friends in your congregation and then go talk with your pastors and get them on board.
You should strongly support and encourage them.
We all need to know both the Bible and the Constitution and follow the original intent in both cases.
In preparing to vote, don’t we all need prayer to do the right thing?
Our first Congress started off with a three hour Bible study!
Is it Christian to vote for people or policies supporting government theft (socialism = stealing) or taking away our liberties?
No, it wasn’t then and it isn’t now.
Educate yourselves, and go do the right thing for God and Country.