Should Christians Argue Politics?

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

All I hear in the news anymore is a litany of classifications: you’re a Democrat or Republican, you’re ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter,’ you’re Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, you’re liberal or conservative, you’re religious or atheist, and on and on and on…

The verse at the top of this blog shows us that with God, there are only two classifications: in Christ and not in Christ a.k.a. saved and unsaved. If we’re believers, shouldn’t we follow the same classification system? If someone has a political viewpoint that isn’t Biblical, the highest likelihood is they aren’t saved, and if they aren’t saved, the Holy Spirit is not within them, and if the Holy Spirit is not within them, then they will not be lead and guided according to the scriptures. Therefore, instead of arguing with these unbelievers, shouldn’t we simply pray that they get saved? Because their opinion won’t change unless they see the world with the lens of the Spirit instead of the lens of the flesh.

For any Christian readers, I want to share with you what the Lord taught me this week. As Christians, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we are to be ready to give an answer for our faith. Notice the word answer. We are not to seek out conflict or start arguments with others (Romans 1:29); instead, we are only to answer for the faith when we are asked about it or attacked for it. We are not to seek out debate.

Now, what I just said applies to non-believers. What about believers? Should we engage in political debate with fellow believers?

I’d say the answer is both yes and no. We should not debate because debate often leads to tempers flaring and anger. The Bibles us to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26), but unless its righteous indignation burning within you, it’s all too easy to sin with that anger. However, that doesn’t mean we should not correct our brother or sister in Christ.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:2 that the word of God is for reproof, rebuke, and exhortation. When we have an opinion that is contrary to the Word of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ should step in and correct us with scripture that proves where we are against Biblical teaching.

Now, no one likes to be corrected. It’s not fun to be wrong, so we generally snap at the person, but we should always read the scriptures they referenced, pray, and see where God leads us. If you’re like me, the Lord generally proves the person who corrected you was right and then you have to ask God to forgive you (for the wrong viewpoint and the poor reaction) and also apologize to the person you snapped at (because the Bible tells us we are not to have ought (strife) with our brother – Matthew 5:23-24).

This may seem like a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but in this wild political season, the clarification sure helped me. Praise the Lord for the daily revelations He gives us to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

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The Blood of Jesus

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 

Happy Good Friday everyone! Today is the day we celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us nearly 2,000 years ago. In lieu of this holiday, I thought we could spend a little time studying the importance of the blood of Jesus.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Even those who have never stepped inside a church know the story of Adam and Eve. They ate the forbidden fruit (thereby sinning against God), were banned from the Garden of Eden, and brought death into the world. The analysis behind the story is what most miss. Why did eating the fruit bring death into the world? It wasn’t because the fruit was poisonous or some other worldly explanation.

Adam eating the fruit was disobedience, and disobedience is sin. In fact, anything that isn’t of faith is sin (Romans 14:23), and the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Now the meaning of the word death here is two-fold. Death means separation. We are separated from those we love when they pass away. Adam and Eve died twice: once when they ate the fruit and once more, many years later.

Some of you may be scratching your heads because Adam and Eve did not physically die twice, but what I said is still true. Their first death was spiritual. They were separated (death) from God. They could no longer dwell in God’s presence in the garden (he banished them) because they were now tainted by sin. God can have nothing to do with sin because he is holy. Holy by definition means exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness (Merriam-Webster).

So now that we are up-to-speed on how sin entered the world, let’s explore the payment for that sin.

All of Adam’s offspring – you, me, everyone you know, and everyone who has ever existed, save Jesus – were born with a sin nature. The Bible teaches us that sin passes to us from the father, this is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin (no man involved).

Now because we were all born with sin, we could never pay the price for sin. In the Old Testament, God allowed believers to sacrifice spotless animals to atone for their sin but these animals merely covered their sins, they didn’t cleanse them.

Now I’m sure someone is thinking, “How did an animal atone for sin?”

Let me clarify: the animal did not actually atone for the person’s sins. The animal was a symbol of what Jesus was going to do on the cross; therefore, the believer was putting their faith in the savior to come by completing the sacrifice. God did not glory in the killing of animals for all you animal-rights people. He wanted people to understand the awfulness (couldn’t think of a better word) of what His son was going to go through for them. The animal’s death was a picture of Christ’s coming death.

Old Testament saints were saved on credit. They believed the savior was going to come and pay the debt for their sins. New Testament saints are saved on debit. We believe Jesus paid the price for our sins and because the funds are there, we use them.

Jesus (the second member of the Godhead; the son of God; God Incarnate) was 100% God and 100% Human. He added humanity to himself, and while on this Earth, functioned only by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life – sinless, and because of his sinlessness, He was uniquely qualified to pay the penalty of sin.

Just as the lamb sacrificed in Old Testament times had to be spotless – Jesus was and is as well. He died nearly two millennia ago to pay the penalty for our sin debt in full. By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and by one man (Jesus) it was atoned for to provide everlasting life (Romans 5:15; John 3:16).

Now today is the day we remember Christ’s death, and Easter is the day we remember His resurrection (He was raised from the dead because God accepted His perfect sacrifice and the grave could not hold Him – remember, death is the penalty of sin, and He was sinless). Jesus now sits at the righthand of the Father, and if we accept His sacrifice for our sins, we can one day join Him in Heaven.

If you haven’t accepted the Lord yet, consider it this Easter, and if you have a lost loved one, share this article with them.

God bless, and happy Easter everyone!

Did Jesus Preach Tolerance?

Matthew 21:12-13 – And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

With Ohio’s primary election in the rearview mirror, I think it’s time to focus a little more on the Church part of this ‘Church and State’ blog.

I’ve seen several memes going around Facebook condemning judging by Christians because ‘Jesus preached tolerance.’ I also saw one that listed a litany of sins followed by ‘but Jesus still loves me as much as he loves you.’

Let’s analyze these two points: 1) Jesus preached tolerance and 2) Jesus loves us despite our sin.

  1. Jesus Preached Tolerance

Pull out your Bible app and do a quick search for the word “tolerance.” Liberals and quasi-Christians will be shell-shocked when they find the word is not there. Jesus didn’t preach tolerance. Still don’t believe me? Let’s take a scripture for our example.

In the Gospel of John, the pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. He speaks the famous line, “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” As we all know the only one there without sin was Jesus, so the pharisees went away displeased that Jesus had one-upped them again. It is the next line, however, that is often forgotten. Jesus turns to the woman and tells her that he doesn’t condemn her and to “go and sin no more.” That’s not tolerance. If Jesus had been tolerant of her lifestyle he would have simply said “go.” But praise the Lord, that’s not my Jesus! He doesn’t want to leave you in the mire of sin: He wants to pull you out of it!

Tolerance and kindness are not one and the same. We can be kind to those whom we disagree without condoning their actions. For example, if my daughter does something against the rules as she gets older, I can be kind in explaining to her why what she did was wrong, but that doesn’t mean I let her off the hook.

In all honesty, the greatest love we can show people who are truly trapped in sin is to tell them how to get out of it and escape the pits of Hell. And the only way is Jesus Christ. Asking Him to save our souls, change our hearts, and transform our minds. I’ve seen him do it in my life and in countless others. If we truly love people, we will share the gospel with them to save them from Hell – not leave them in their sin so we appear tolerant.

Moving on…

2. Jesus Loves Us Despite Our Sin

This statement is 100% true, but it so often gets misinterpreted. Jesus loves everyone, period, end of story. That is precisely the reason he died on the cross for our sins, but that love does not excuse or condone sin. Jesus died to free us from sin (He came to seek and save that which was lost – Luke 19:10). But again, just because I love my daughter no matter what, does not mean I will always love what she does. Loving you and accepting wrongdoing are not synonymous. If you are living a life of sin (fornication aka sex before marriage, drug/alcohol abuse, lying, stealing, etc.) then Jesus loves you and wants to deliver you from that life. It is not the actions that will send you to Hell. It is rejecting Jesus as your savior that sends you there. And if your next argument (like mine was for years) is you believe in God and you pray but your life is still full of sin then let me give you some scripture:

Romans 6:1-2 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Just because grace is greater than sin and Jesus paid the price for our sin doesn’t give us license to sin, and if you are sinning continually without any conviction in your heart, my guess is you haven’t truly given your heart to Jesus because when you do, and you fail Him, the Holy Spirit will convict you until you repent.

Side Note: Repenting is not just saying sorry (I also believed this for a long time). Repenting is turning around and going the other direction – leaving the sin behind.

We all fail God, probably daily, but if the Holy Spirit isn’t telling you when you’ve done it, then seriously consider your soul today. What’s more important: partying for a few more years or your eternal life? Hell won’t seem worth the party if you end up there, and I can assure you, giving up your sins for Jesus may not be easy at first, but it always pays off in the long run.

Since giving my heart to Jesus at 19, I’ve received everything I ever wanted for my life: a loving husband and to be a mom. Even more important than both of these though is that I have peace that I can’t express in words and a joy that only comes with Jesus.

If you want that peace and joy in your life then say this prayer (it won’t save you and it doesn’t matter if you say it word for word, but believing it with all your heart is what matters):

Dear Lord,

I come before you in the name of Jesus – lost and undone, needing a saving hand. I believe that you sent your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins, and that His death payed the penalty in full. I believe that I’m a sinner, and I ask that you would forgive me of my sins and help me to walk in newness of life by the power of your Holy Spirit. Please break the chains of sin that surround me and liberate me from any bondages. I believe that your son was raised from the dead and as He lives with you, I will one day too. I thank you for saving me and redeeming me! Praise your holy name!

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If you said that prayer, Congratulations! You just entered the family of God. If you are already saved, then pray with me for a revival in the church and to see our nation turn once again to God. If you have never accepted Jesus and chose not to today, I challenge you to give Him a chance. What do you have to lose?