God Blessing America and Legislating Morality

Earlier this morning I had my wisdom teeth surgically removed. As I have napped and laid in bed I have though about the Republican debate last night, recent events here in the states, and concerns from christians. Often we hear about if we will pray God will hear our land (I wrote about that here). Is that true though? Sorry of any typos, I am still la little loopy and sluggish, but I would love to hear your thoughts.

Over the summer the Supreme Court ruled according to their interpretation the Constitution did not permit the banning of so-called same-sex marriage. Just like that in all 50 states homosexuals legally had the right to wed in the eyes of the American government. A county clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, has gotten a lot of attention for not issuing so-called same-sex marriage licenses. Her argument is that it violates her conscience and seeks an accommodation. I have a lot of thoughts on this situations but will not express them here.

Also over the past several weeks a group has released video after video of planned parent videos. Videos that show the selling or baby parts, and other heinous acts. This coming onto a collision with our elected officials very soon and I think things are going to get very interesting.

I want to make it very clear to you that I oppose so-called same-sex marriage, and I hate and oppose abortion. However, the question must be asked if we made laws against these and all others laws if America then would come back under the blessing that we have allegedly lost. You may disagree with me, I may be wrong, but I would like if you would read the words I will write and offer any rebuttal or thoughts you may have.

I will start with this: you cannot legislate morality. If so-called same-sex marriage was banned this would not end same-sex relationships. Marriage is only part of the issue. Simply making something illegal brings no glory to God. Same with abortion. Abortion could be (and should be) made illegal, but the reality is that abortion would most likely never cease altogether.

God is not into behavioral modification. He doesn’t want people not to get married because the law says they cannot, but still live together as a married couple would. As honorable as it would be to round up and prosecute all who perform abortions, He does not want people seeking illegal ways for it to happen. God is not about simply changing the way we live and going through the motions because of laws; friends that is legalism. God wants to transform our hearts.

Israel was God’s chosen nation of the Old Testament. They knew God, they were HIs people. They failed. Those Ten Commandments we fight to have displayed, they failed all of the, every year. This is why Yom Kippur existed. God sent prophets, curses, and captivity to a nation that He called His own. No man or woman is capable of keeping the law. That’s the point! You see, Israel had the laws and still failed. Their theocracy no longer exist even though the laws were put in place. Why? Because we are sinful and we act as we please. Israel knew and experience God in a much different way that the United States. The law was completely moral and they lost their land, and were taken into captivity more than once.

See, you can make all the laws you want. However, if people do not experience the life changing  power of the Gospel, if that doesn’t change them like on Jesus can then God gets no glory. He gets no glory our of legalism, He gets no glory for us following the law out of fear. No, God receives the Glory when He is our utmost satisfaction. God is glorified when we follow Him not because of laws but because we know that’s where joy is. God is glorified when we forsake who we are to make Him known.

We are not a Christian nation. Laws making us look more Christian do not make us that, and they will not bring blessing. What every individual here, and around the world, is to have their eyes opened to the reality of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. Legislating morality I believe models that of the pharisees in the Bible. It does not mean we let go of our morals however. It means that we know our work will not bring God’s blessing, but only His work can do that. So what do we do? We go. We tell everyone. We pray. We fight for the voiceless. We serve the needy. We serve those against us. We love everyone. And we speak the Gospel with our words and lives. You want change? Turn to the only Sovereign who can bring the change. Legislating morality is a poor savior and it will not work. Jesus though will change and transform lives, something we all desperately need

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Elections and Evangelism

I voted

Do you invite others to vote more than you invite them to Jesus? That is a serious question.

This election season I have seen a lot of individuals voicing their opinion on who to vote for. I have chimed in myself on certain issues. We have been asked to vote for men with integrity, honor, character, and so on. I have seen it said in local and state elections that a vote for a democrat is a vote for abortion, and that republicans hate the poor. I know Christians who have knocked on doors for a candidate, made phone calls for a candidate, passed out tracts for a candidate, pleaded for friends to vote for a candidate, and passionately defended their candidate on social media. Will we do the same for Jesus? Will you knock on doors, make calls, plead for friends and strangers to just listen to the Gospel, and defend Him? Has getting our favorite politician elected become more important than the spread of the Gospel for Christians? I pray that’s not true, I fear that for many it is. Voting is important and I am glad that people care. Every Christian I believe should take time to vote, and urge others to vote as well. I also think Christians should daily proclaim the name of Jesus, and urge others to do that also.

Over 90% of active church members (as high as 98%) will never share their faith with another person. They may share a verse on twitter, say they are a Christian on Facebook, or even mention it to a coworker. Still, they will not sit down and share the most important message they have ever heard with someone who does not know it to be true. The reality is that no sharing our faith is sin. Matthew 28 Christ commands, not suggest, that we go and tell others about Him. We are to go, disciple, baptize, and teach. Non-optional, failure to do so is disobedience to a Holy God that has sent us on mission.

In Romans 1 Paul tells us that all men have knowledge of God and are without excuse. Meaning that many will be born, live, and die without hearing the Gospel. That person will go to Hell. Scores of people in the over 3,000 unreached people groups (and 3,000 unreached and unengaged people groups) will never hear the Gospel because we are failing to tell someone about Jesus. Many Americans will tell you that if you are a Christian you will vote for a certain political party, and they will help a politician get elected. Volunteering money, time, and talents. Sacrificing so much for a campaign, but will they do the same so someone can finally hear the Gospel? Will you knock on a door, give out a tract, call someone, invite a stranger to church, and so on for the glory of God and spread of His kingdom? If we spend more time, money, and resources doing that for a campaign than the Gospel then we have declared what is most important.

So my prayer is this: if you are christian who spent anytime knocking on doors, making phone calls, urging people to vote, posting on social media about the election, and passionately shared your views with all who would listen. I pray you will do the same ten-fold for the name of Jesus. It’s an infinitely more important that message to be shared. Serve Jesus more than any candidate. Tell more about Jesus than you do about any candidate. Love Jesus more than the GOP, the Democrats, the Libertarians, and more than America. May it be abundantly clear in all our lives in the way we spend our money, time, and talents what and who the most important things is to us.

The questions I have been asking myself lately is am I sacrificing things for God, or sacrificing God for things? I hope you will ask yourself that question as well. May we push each towards righteousness, exhort one another, rebuke in love, and glorify God as we reach the nations with the most important message we could ever tell anyone.