In this political season, it is important to remember that we government and God conflict, the people of God stand with God. Not everything that is legal exemplifies that righteousness of God. Therefore, the people of God must be committed to being the light of the world that shines in the midst of darkness. As the people of God, we cannot allow what that laws of man permit to supplant, surpass or supersede what the perfect law of liberty demands.
When we examine the word of God, in the conflict between religion and politics, we see God demonstrating His power through the conflict. Throughout scripture, when government conflicts with God and the people of God stand with God, then the people of God have the power to influence and change the laws and decrees of man. The body of Christ is often guilty of divorcing itself from the world around it. We are the salt of the world. Salt only has an impact if it touches that which it seeks to influence. If salt never touches your food, then you never taste salt in your food. It doesn’t matter that you are eating at a table with a salt shaker on it. If the salt just stays in the shaker, then the salt has absolutely no impact on the food you are eating.
In Acts 5:28, after being given strict orders not to teach about Jesus, the apostles filled Jerusalem with their teaching. It’s good to preach from the pulpit, but you won’t fill the city with the gospel message by just preaching from the pulpit. At some point, the message has to go out through the members if the city will be filled with the message of the gospel. If the church never touches the world (doesn’t vote, aren’t involved in our neighborhood associations, don’t go to city council meetings, aren’t at the school board & PTA meetings, never run for office on local, state and national levels) then don’t be surprised when you don’t see any Christian influence in the decisions and laws that are made. The only way you can influence it is to touch it. Joseph, Ester, Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego, and Daniel were people of God in powerful positions within heathen governments who made a difference among the heathens and influenced the laws of man to the glory of God.
When congress conflicts with the cross, not only do we stand with the cross. We should also take a more active role in seeking to influence government in a way that impacts the laws that are being passed on all levels of government. We obey God rather than men and encourage those who represent “We the people of the United States” to do the same. However, if they do or if they don’t, there will come a time when even those in government must answer to God.
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