By Dwight Fuqua, Findlay congregation, Sparta, TN
What I am about to say is not politically correct. To be perfectly frank, that does not concern me in the least! When politics moves into the moral arena, Christians are reprimanded for trespassing in the political arena. Interesting! What about political encroachment into the moral arena? Abortion, homosexuality, etc. are moral issues, are they not? God has spoken on these and other moral issues! Should His people not teach what He says? Should our religious beliefs be forced to change because of “political will”?
Bible believing people today face intense opposition because we believe and teach what God says – and what God says disagrees with the agenda of those who would remove God and morality from our society. Although describing Judah, Isaiah 30 sounds like it is describing America:
“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the Lord; who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us’” (verses 9-11).
One of the presidential candidates spoke at the Women in the World Summit on April 16, 2016. In reference to “reproductive health care,” i.e. abortion, the candidate said, “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
There it is! “Political will” is supposed to change “religious beliefs.” That‟s nothing short of political encroachment! The usurping of Divine authority! The audacity! “O man, who are you to reply against God?” (Romans 9:20). That is a valid question whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent.
The enforcement of “political will” is not the solution to America’s needs! I have a better solution than political encroachment! Instead of “political will” changing “religious beliefs,” “religious beliefs” need to change“political will.” And when all is said and done, come opposition or persecution, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
Note: I mention the above quote not in support or opposition to a particular candidate, but because it expresses the view of so many. It also reminds us to investigate before supporting and voting for any candidate. Let us be Christians!