Is Conservatism Anti-Christian?

 

To say that Christians should not publicize their conservative views because they are being unloving is biased and prejudicial. Yes, there are plenty of unloving so called Christians, who need no political perspective to fit into the unloving category, but to say that a politically conservative viewpoint is unloving is absolutely erroneous as much as saying that a politically liberal viewpoint is un-Christian. Because I have conservative viewpoints in no way makes me a racist as some would think. Again, prejudicial. In fact I know that no true Christian could be a racist because the very term goes against everything we know about humanity. For we all trace our roots back to three people; Ham, Shem, and Japheth, and they came from one man, Noah, who came from Adam, who was created in the image of God. So how can I have disdain for my brother? Anyway, being political seems to be a difficult choice for many, because we have bought into this idea that we in the Christian community must somehow be neutral (a form of brow beating). We don’t want to rock the boat, so to speak. But being political and having a viewpoint is as much a part of Christianity as going to church. The Apostle who said that we have another citizenship (Hebrews 13:14), did not say to abdicate our earthly citizenship. In fact the Apostle Paul uses his roman citizenship several times (Acts 16:37; 22:25-29; 25:10). He also writes in Romans 13 that Government is for the civility of a nation and that Christians are not only subject to it as ministers of God, but are to render to it all things, customs, and taxes. And this was the Roman Empire. Some ask “what would Jesus do in our situation?” (WWJD). He would absolutely love everyone, as we also should. But what would He say to them?  Well, He wouldn’t speak niceties to them and excuse their behavior, as is evidenced in His blasting the religious and lawful leaders in Matthew 15:7; and Matthew 23:27-29, where He calls them hypocrites white washed graves. He also would hold them accountable. Yes, just as He did with the Rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-23. When the man asked Jesus what he must do to have eternal life, Jesus brought him back to the law. He claimed that he kept it, but to prove to him that he did not, Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give to the poor and follow Him. He could not do it, and walked away. Why didn’t Jesus just give this man a pass? The answer is He could not, there was a law involved. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:21 “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”  Notice the constant referencing to law. It is a principle that God has established even in the saving grace that has been extended to us through Christ (Romans 3:27). That is why there is no universal salvation. Just because Jesus died for the sins of the world, doesn’t automatically reconcile everyone, only those who enter the lawful relationship by faith. This is why Jesus didn’t give the rich man a free pass. Did He love him? Absolutely, but still turned him away. WWJD? Even when asked if it was lawful to pay taxes Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).

We are commanded to love all people, but love does not negate responsibility. As a citizen of this country I not only have the right but the duty to act lawfully. And, under the command of Romans chapter thirteen, I must not abdicate this responsibility while I demonstrate the love of Christ. I may be torn at times, but I must practice good citizenship while simultaneously loving my neighbor. This world is messed up, and it’s because of sin! Why do people want to come to this country? Because it affords an opportunity. But if we fail to enforce the laws of our land, there will be no place left for anyone to come to.

Bob Cote

 

 

Australians vote to legalize Gay Marriage.

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Australians vote to legalize Gay Marriage.

 

Is popular opinion changing regarding traditional marriage, or is there another reason for the recent change of the Australian people and what we are seeing throughout these United States of America?

Now before I even say one word about this phenomena, the direction of this post deems me a Homophobe by the LGBTQ group, and will mark this and all such expression, “hate speech”!

But as a Christian, I am neither fearful of LGBTQ folks or a hater. I am one who loves God with all his heart, sole, mind, and strength; and loves his neighbor as himself. (Deut. 6:4; Matthew 22:37-39). But my position and belief is becoming increasingly marginalized everywhere, especially here on American soil. The LGBTQ crowd says that if we loved them we would accept their lifestyle. I certainly accept them, but cannot condone their lifestyle as anything sacred or normal. Regardless of the claims, rants, or protests, and baring the very few exceptions because of genetic anomalies, none of them were born this way. They choose to live the way they do! And, according to God’s word, their lifestyle choice is a choice to sin. As we make laws to protect their choice of sin, we begin to marginalize those within the faith community who are compelled to live by the standard set by God. This marginalization will not be complete, until the LGBTQ society completely silences the faith of everyone who follows the Bible, as well as making the very Bible (the standard of Christian living) illegal.  But why would they need to go that far? Because, what no one can silence is their conscience. This being the very crux of their protest – silence the righteous viewpoints so that there is no guilt attached to sin.

They are making progress in their protest by circumventing the constitution with spurious legislation -the kind that puts children in danger like the bathroom laws. Our legislators are also jumping on the rainbow bandwagon because they are politically afraid. They are not willing to take a stand for righteousness because it is becoming unpopular. The LGBTQ crowd is not changing public opinion as much as it is browbeating us into submission. We are increasingly fearful of being targeted by them or being labeled a homophobe, publically.

Christians need to take a righteous stand, by engaging in the conversation and not caving in to political correctness. God tells us to love people, and that means the LGBTQ crowd. We need to hold fast to the truth and speak it in love no matter what. There’s another aspect to this. Many are thinking that the LGBTQ folks can be saved despite their lifestyle choice. Others believe that they must completely stop sinning before coming to Christ. Now we know that no one completely stops sinning who has received the grace of God in salvation. We also are convinced through scripture that those who come to Christ, come in repentance (Luke 13:3). Theologically speaking, we are saved from sin (opposition to rectitude), that is, anything against the law of God. There is also widespread departure from the natural use of the law today, despite the unchangeable word of God. Paul says in Galatians that the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ. Jesus saves from sin. The LGBTQ group lives in sin. But so do practicing adulterers, fornicators, liars, covetous people, etc. We need not treat them differently. Yet, how ridiculous it would be to legislate laws protecting liars! So then why are the sins of the LGBTQ crowd any different?

Bob Cote