Until The Shout

Politics or Religion?

5.11.2012

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This page is a ministry page, specifically the ministry of biblical truth. This page is not a political forum and you have never seen a politically oriented post on this page. Until The Shout Ministries is a ministry dedicated to the Great Commission via the teaching of God’s Word.

I may have a political opinion, but that opinion is irrelevant to the calling of this page and this ministry and I will withhold those opinions and encourage others to do the same in their posts. In other words this ministry is not politically motivated, does not want to be distracted by politics and agrees in principle with the idea that politics does not belong in the pulpit. But what constitutes politics and what constitutes biblical exhortation?

We must understand the difference between political and biblical issues!
The church has allowed itself to be bullied by politics and intimidated by the culture at large. It has become confused regarding the difference between biblical issues and political issues. As a result it has seceded its voice and authority on biblical issues and has seceded its right to speak biblical truth and exhortation to the culture and specifically to our government leaders.

What are political issues that should not distract the church and what are biblical issues that church should absolutely speak to?

An example of a political issue might be whether we (as a nation) are going to use tax payer dollars to build bridges in New York or pipelines from Canada. Another might be will we raise or lower interest rates or will we raise taxes or lower taxes. There are many others of course but hopefully you get the point. While these types of issues should be addressed thoughtfully and wisely they are not directly addressed by scripture and do not particularly shape the moral/spiritual culture of the nation.

On the other hand some of the most significant issues of our day are not actually political issues at all. They are deeply spiritual concepts with specific biblical instruction, exhortation, and admonition. These issues shape the moral and spiritual integrity of our people and have significant eternal consequences. On these issues the church and the leaders of the church must speak! It is part of our job as ambassadors of Christ to do so. It even plays a role in the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:19-20, “…teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you…”.

Yet the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12), manipulating the hearts and minds of our culture (2 Cor. 4:4; John 12:40) have told the church, “hands off, theses are political issues and you do not have voice. Be silent!” And the church has bought into this great deception. The idea that our constitution separates church and state is a great lie. The Constitution was written to keep the government out of the church, not the church out of the government! The language in the Constitution is not unclear.

Therefore, what are some examples of these biblical issues that we have allowed to be hijacked by politics and culture? I’m so glad you asked.
▪ Abortion
▪ Homosexuality
▪ The sanctity of marriage
▪ Rabid Environmentalism (making an idol of the creation and placing it over the Creator)
▪ Printing currency without a standard for value. (Creates a false weight and measure)
▪ Establishing a lottery. (The issue here is less about gambling and more about exploiting the poor)


I could name numerous others but these are some of the more obvious examples. If the matter is biblical we are compelled to address it in preaching or writing, and that is part of what it means to be pastoral to God’s people.

Is it right that pastors should remain silent about important matters in society that are being debated in the public square because someone is trying to establish in our culture that there is no place in politics for religious beliefs or biblical convictions? Indeed people squirm when sin is exposed in politics or culture. But does that mean we should refrain from preaching? Absolutely not. In fact it may mean just the opposite.

As well as evangelism, the pastor must rightly divide the Word of God and speak it into the culture and to its leaders. This is included in what it means to have an answer prepared for the hope that is within us. The Christian pastor and teacher (as well as the mature layman) must carry a prophetic voice and speak with biblical authority to other Beast-like powers when there are souls at risk or the honor of Christ and the Church is under attack.

Well, I am not governed by political correctness, born out of a liberal educational system or by the pressure of a liberal press but by the one and only true God. The Word of God must be spoken and spoken in the public square. I am compelled by compassion for souls that may be victims of systems that will ultimately enslave and destroy. And when the forces of politics move beyond politics to the promotion of principles at odds with God’s Word we must call them out. Our Savior Himself, did this when he said of Herod “Go tell that Fox” (Luke 13:32). Jesus, Paul, Daniel, Joseph, Isaiah, Amos (and I could go on), all spoke to the actions of government, to the idols and morality of our culture and to the government leaders themselves.

We are required by God, as watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 33) to warn of coming danger, even when the culture or the politicians cry “Be silent, do not bring your religion into politics!” To be silent on biblical issues is to have the blood of our culture on our hands!

Therefore, be forewarned that on this page I will withhold those opinions that are truly political. And I will speak to those issues that are truly biblical. I will no doubt draw fire from those who will accuse me of being political or having a political agenda. Rest assured, I do have an agenda but it is not political. It is to proclaim the Word of God Until the Shout!

1 COMMENT

  1. Idebenone says:

    Norman L. Geisler, one of the signatories of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics, expounds on the above position as follows, revealing it to have a political rather than a doctrinal basis, rather like the rationale behind the Conservative Bible Project (complete with scare quotes around experts): “One is not dependent on biblical ‘experts’ for his understanding of the basic truths of Scripture … For if the understanding of the laity is contingent on the teaching of experts, then Protestant interpretive experts will have replaced the teaching magisterium of Catholic priests with a kind of teaching magisterium of Protestant scholars.” With that in mind, there are at least two problems with this idea.