by Jerry Slauter
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Americans bemoan that we are no longer a “Christian nation.” We look at the good old days of patriotism, nationalism, conservatism and strong moral values and wonder what happened. Patriotism and nationalism can be good things. They do not make a Christian nation. Germany was the most educated, nationalistic and patriotic nation on the globe from 1930-1945. They even claimed high moral values were essential. They were proof high moral values were not attainable without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
We have a president who claims we are not a Christian nation. Those who call themselves “Conservative” did not even offer a Christian alternative in the last presidential election. Conservatism can be good. It depends upon what “Conservatives” are attempting to maintain. Conservative, secular pundits and “Faux views” networks do not make a Christian nation.
Arguing over the faith and intent of the founding fathers is tantamount to claiming you can be saved simply because your father attended church. The nation will not be saved or condemned based upon the intentions and beliefs of the founding fathers. It will be saved or condemned based upon where Americans go from here. Nowhere in the Constitution, does it require for elected officials to be Christian. In fact the Constitution states that it shall neither promote nor restrict any religion. We are given freedom of religious belief, but not freedom from religion.
Socialism is the belief that government should do for us what we refuse to do for ourselves. We resist a government that takes our resources, our land, our finances and our incentive so it can control them and take care of us. Why would we turn around and ask our government to be our spiritual leader?
The Bible does not honor any political or economic system over any others. In Acts, the members of the church were taking care of one another. They were gladly selling what they had so nobody had needs.(Acts 4:32) It was not communism if the church practiced it. It was only communism if the government mandated it or if the people expected the government to do it for them.
There were Old Testament dictators who came to honor God, or at least listen to the prophets He sent. Joseph directed the Pharaoh of Egypt to impose greater taxes on all resources. The nation and Joseph’s people were saved as a result. With changes in the successions of Pharaohs over the following four hundred year period, the descendants of those Hebrews became slaves.
God is not bound by democracy or capitalism. Paul said, “Those who refuse to work should not be fed.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) Paul is speaking to the church yet it applies also to the government. There have been beautiful capitalistic democracies (or some argue republics) that have been built upon the concept of honoring God and have turned from their beliefs. Does this sound familiar?
Solomon, in all his wisdom was visited directly by God twice in his life. He was warned not to accumulate huge amounts of gold and silver; multiple horses for pleasure, status and defense; and multiple wives. He was told wives of other religions would turn him and the nation from God. With all his wisdom, he ignored God’s direct instructions.
Solomon, like George Washington, warned his nation that as long as they served God, they would prosper and be blessed. Even then, as a direct result of his leadership, his nation practiced or succumbed to: slavery; excessive taxation and usury, or interest imposed upon personal finances; and civil war. Sound familiar? Nations that have honored Israel and God’s directives to Israel have been Biblically and historically blessed. Those who did not were cursed.
Jonah warned the people of Nineveh to repent. They did and God relented. Luke 11:31&32 states, “The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here – but you refuse to listen. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold something greater than Jonah is here.
We do not want the government to impose its will on our economic system or personal liberties, yet we ask the government to be our spiritual leader. The Bible repeatedly demonstrates that God appointed prophets to the nations. Nations that listened to the prophets and repented saw God relent and were restored. Nations that killed or ignored the prophets were judged, reduced in grandeur or destroyed.
What, you say, prophets and apostles were done away with after the original twelve? Where is that in the Bible? Why would God continue to keep the offices of pastors, evangelists and teachers and do away with apostles and prophets? As we see the world deteriorating around us, we will either embrace the final move of the Holy Spirit or again deny His power.
Peter quoted the prophet Joel in Acts, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams.”
Ask yourself this question, “Have we ever been closer to the end days than we are now?”
When God gives us a democracy, we are given greater responsibility to maintain and manage it. If we expect the government to take care of us, we are doomed. The same is true in the church. If we expect the church and the pastor to take care of us, make our decisions and feed us, we are doomed. To those who are given much, much is required. The next verse in Luke to follow those quoted above is, “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in my see the light.” (Luke 11:33)
In Matthew, the “light under the bushel basket verse” is followed by, “To those who have been listening to My teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away. (Matthew 13:12)
When you are looking for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on America, do not look for Norman Rockwell nostalgia of Fourth of July parades; patriotism and nationalism; the good old days of morals based upon the inherent goodness of people; and alleged Ronald Reagan conservatism. We should not turn to Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best for morality and entertainment.
Do not expect to return to the belief that our founding fathers were Christian, when in fact they were mostly Masons and Deists. Do not intend to view the symbolism in the capital and national monuments as Christian, when they were in fact designed as mythical, pagan, occult symbols or ancestral worship.
Look more into the example of the Book of Acts. It was based upon personal revelation of Jesus Christ and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, coupled with personal and corporate responsibilities inherent in those revelations. The Bible is clear about praying for the leadership of the nation and for the peace of Israel.
God is speaking to you and to the nation. Do not wait for the nation to lead you, endorse or approve of your faith. The church must lead the nation. There is a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Ask yourself and God what more is required of you to demonstrate the power of God to the nation and the church. THEN DO IT!
II Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
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Jerry loves to spend time with his family, travel and work in his wood, metal and leather shops. He published Woodcutter’s Revival and is finalizing Fine Line, the sequel to be released in January of 2015. Both books are historical fiction set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.
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