Good for the Gospel…

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November 16, 2012 by captivetotruth

It should be clear to all of us by now that Change has come to America.

On Tuesday night, states in this country embraced same-sex marriage, approved mandatory health care once-for-all, shrugged their shoulders at the Bengazi defeat, said, “Why not?” to the prospect of even more tax-funded abortions, laughed at religious institutions forced to pay for abortafacia, affirmed the unlawful spreading of wealth as an economic plan, and, as a kind of hippy-fied Schadenfreude, legalized marijuana as a recreational drug.

Now, lest you think I’m just a poor loser blowing off steam, wait just a minute. Sure I’m disappointed. But that’s not my point.

My point is that, while it was really bad for the country…

…this election was really GOOD for the GOSPEL!    

Huh? Well, track with me a minute. Think of all the energy, money, hope, and prayer that was put into a Republican win over the last 18 months. We were going to turn this thing around! We thought to ourselves, “There is no way that our country will re-elect this man, now that we all know what he is like.”

And then, “Oops!!” 

Today, we have NOTHING to show for months and months of nervous wringing of hands and endless watching of the news! Nothing! Emptiness! Vanity!

And this is good for the Gospel!

How?

First, this election clearly shows a clear disunity in terms of moral values in our country. 

Isn’t it good for the church to realize that America is not a Christian country, and that much gospel work remains to be done in this hemisphere?

Second, this election clearly reminds evangelicals where our truest citizenship lies.

If Gov. Romney had won the election, would we now be turning our attention to the deep spiritual needs of our lost culture? No. I think we would probably be relaxing and saying, “Well, the job’s done.”

I know that you know this, but I’ll say it anyway: only when American Christians become more Kingdom-oriented than politically-minded will we transform America with the gospel. Until then, forget it!

(By the way, if you find yourself responding with, “Well, sure the Kingdom is more important, but our country…”, then it may be time for a little self-examination.)

Third, this election has revealed the ugly truth that nationalism and Kingdom faithfulness do not mix after all.

Friends, “God & Country” is no more! And I for one say, “Hallelujah! I’ve been waiting for this all my life!”

It is a plain fact of history that conservative, nationalist mobs are as quick to reject King Jesus as are the ruling, decadent powers. (As happened a couple of millennia ago in Jerusalem, and then again in Nazi Germany).

But in order for us to be in the Kingdom, both our nationalism and our longing for a “Christian America” must be moved to the dustbin of history where they belonged in the first place—even should we lose all political power, the Kingdom is who we are and where we belong.

Or, maybe I should say it this way: America is not the Kingdom of God. Never has been. Get over it.

Lastly, this election should put an end to the blasphemous futility of using the gospel for the purpose of restoring a preferred political condition.

How ridiculous it is to hear Christian radio commentators the day after the election conclude that, if we are to save our nation, we must “disciple our children so that they can take this country back from the liberals,” that we must elect evangelicals to “turn the tide of progressive secularism,” and we must seat evangelical Christians on the Supreme Court so that “Roe v. Wade and other atrocities can be overturned,” and on it goes.

Always, always, always whoring out the gospel for the sake of the national politic—and always forgetting that the gospel seeds its own political insurgency automatically!

Truth is, conservative evangelicalism is being forcibly removed to the outer rings of the political merry-go-round.

And that, my friends, is good for the gospel!

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One thought on “Good for the Gospel…

  1. Holly says:

    I think you said this well & clearly & I think, as we spoke the other day, that the whole God & country thing is as abominable as saying Jesus & Shiva. Christians, as Christ taught us in the gospels are to pray for our leaders & obey their laws unless the law oversteps its God-given bounds (which is where civil disobedience comes in). Christ said (about a government much worse than ours) that they are given to us for our good & that God places rulers in power to serve His purposes. Nationalism has no place in the church. We have a New Nationality as believers & that is as citizens of heaven. That citizenship & our desire for God to be worshiped by all people should drive any and all benevolent actions (as with Wilberforce and the abolishment of the slave trade). Nations by the very fact of being nations CANNOT be Christian, however, the people can be and that must be our focus. Christianity (or morality for that matter) cannot be legislated. Just as legalism saves no one.

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