Politics

Battle of World Views

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First, should Christians get involved in politics? 

Short answer – yes. Long answer – We live in a country where there is a government. We should be salt, light, and an influence to the government. If we aren’t an influence then someone else will do it, someone else who does not view the world the same as we do.

Let me tell you a story about John Knox.

He was the great reformer living in Scotland in the 1500’s which started the Presbyterian Church.

He prayed for 13 years for reformation in Scotland before it came. He lived within site of the Queen’s palace. She would often pass by his house traveling. Whenever she passed a law that was ungodly he would ask her if it was true. She would say yes. He then boldly would say I will tell everyone in my church to not obey it.

Reformation is what we need in America. But reformation will not happen accidentally. Reformation takes confrontation. The church needs to confront evil again. Instead, we are too busy trying to relate and make people happy. If the world is not afraid of the standard of truth the Bible represents, we are not being the church. The confrontation needs to start in the church. She lives in a stupor. She lives in a back slidden state. They have little of the reformation spirit of John Knox.

What would happen if every time the State of Georgia passed an ungodly law, all the pastors in the state told their congregations to not obey it? This is standing for the truth and being salt and light. This is the church leading instead of following from behind.

There is a battle of world views happening in our nation.

Every country is built on 3 foundations – 1st a Moral foundation, followed by a 2nd Economic foundation, which supports a 3rd Government foundation. Every country has these 3 foundations.

The 3 foundations the USA was founded on 250 years ago were 1st Moral – Judeo-Christian values, 2nd Economic – Capitalism, 3rd Government – Nationalism/Libertarian.

Since World War 2, 70 years ago, there has been a push by liberals to change our foundation. The last 8 years have been especially productive in moving our country to new foundations. The new foundations desired by liberals are morally Humanism, economically Socialism, and governmentally Globalism.

The distinctions can be summed up as:

1st foundation – Judeo-Christian Values vs Humanism : Values Based on Bible vs Human Decision

2nd foundation – Capitalism vs Socialism : Decisions Made by Individuals/Companies vs Laws/Regulations

3rd foundation – Nationalism/Libertarian vs Globalist : Decisions at State/National Level vs Somewhere Else

There are many protests, anger, and chaos in our country since the election of President Donald Trump. The reason is not just what are we going to do about immigrants, regulations, healthcare, etc. These are symptoms of a bigger battle, a battle of world views. President Donald Trump is wanting to reverse the foundations we have been shifting to for the last 70 years.

This is why the battle is so fierce. The Globalists, Humanists, and Socialists are not giving up without a fight.

The Church needs to rise up in 2 ways : First, it has to reject the world view which is ungodly and then second, get involved in the world. Most christians don’t understand what makes a society prosperous. They need to study history and see that the agenda of the humanists and socialists do not make a society prosperous. A prosperous society is one based on Judeo-Christian values, an economic system where the individual gets to choose, and where the political decisions are best made closest to home.

But be forewarned, this is a battle which is not going to go away. Gird up your loins with truth and stand.

Politics

I Am So Discouraged about our Country’s Direction!

“I am so discouraged about the direction of our country.” Have you heard this statement recently? I have heard this statement or something similar many times lately. I have thought it myself. Often, I see a self-centered humanistic society and I want to scream followed by despair.

But I want to share a few thoughts with you that have helped me.

No. 1 Get Provoked Not Discouraged

Sure, people are not living according to the Bible, but let this provoke you into living even more a lifestyle that glorifies Jesus. If we back away we take any light we may be in the darkness away. Let’s resolve to follow God even closer and live a lifestyle that glorifies him. Self-centered (humanistic) lifestyles end in misery and chaos. When people reach this place they will again look up for the light and you will be standing there shining brightly.

No. 2 Give Grace Not Judgment

I often want to tell people how foolish they are and I hope they rot in their misery because they deserve it. Well, they may deserve it, but Jesus has already judged their sins on the Cross. I need to tell them about the grace available to them. Most people deep down know they are self-centered and eventually they will admit to needing the grace of God so they won’t be judged by Him. Let’s extend grace to them as Jesus has done to us and leave the judging to Him.

No. 3 Take Courage over Comfort

One reason I am mad at society is because sin always produces problems. I often have to suffer the consequences of those problems since I am a member of my society. So I find myself mad at sinners because I don’t want my world disturbed. But back to point 1, let this provoke you to hate sin even more and to take courage that you will overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit even if the problems are not your fault.

No. 4 Be Faithful Even if it Costs You Your Reputation

I don’t know about you but I often get tired of being in the minority. Christian thinking has become the minority thinking in our country. This is even stranger because so many people say they are Christians. I want to be liked by everybody too. Sometimes the stands I take for God are simply not popular. I want to encourage you to remain faithful to your walk with God. His reputation of you will outlive any reputation you may gain here on Earth.

Discouragement is hard to overcome, but get provoked, give grace, take courage, and be faithful. Our country needs the light inside of you!

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3 Fixes We Need Now In the USA

I have never written about politics in this blog before. But today I am going to just a little. Our country is in a critical place and it badly needs leadership. I am not saying I am that leadership but I have been a student of history and government for most of my life. The USA is not going in the same direction that has made it one of the greatest places to live in history. We are abandoning our foundational values faster than I have ever seen my lifetime. Frankly, it is unsustainable if we want to remain the same USA we were the first 200 years of our existence. I am not saying there will be no country, just that we will be a very different country.

Government is very important. It affects every part of our lives. As Christians we cannot ignore it and no matter what government says it needs the Mind of Christ in Christians to be successful. I believe that 3 things to be addressed quickly in order to move our country back to the correct direction. My answers below are conceptually very simple but will take some courage to implement. Whole books could be written about each of these subjects and they have. That is not my purpose in this blog. I am simply trying to set up a simple framework of thinking. If we say nothing we will end up with nothing. These are my thoughts.

3 Things that Have to be Fixed in America

1. Fix Our Morality

Situation: America’s morality is not good. Some statistics say that close to 90% of child pornography comes out of our country. A very large part of all pornography comes out of this country – specifically Southern California. All legal. Our TV shows, video games, billboards, advertising are all saturated with sex. Gay marriage is now legal in many states and advocated by our President. More people cohabit together before marriage than those that don’t. I could go on but it is not necessary.

My Answer: More laws are not going to help. The brave efforts of the Moral Majority group in the 1980’s showed us that. More laws will not stop what are heart issues. The only answer is first for Christians – who 86% of Americans claim to be – to actually become disciples of Jesus. Second, we need a sin convicting, Holy Spirit respecting revival pure and simple.

2. Fix Our Economy

Situation: The answer to our economy is not the government. I have found that very few people understand basic economics in the USA anymore. The government hires people but they do not create jobs. They can’t. They don’t sell anything that produces revenue. The government is a needed organization but it is also a parasitic organization. It requires real business jobs that produce something that make a profit that the government then taxes in order to pay their own employees. According to the latest statistics I have seen we for the first time in our history have set a record. 51% of Americans now owe their living to the government. The government could be the city, county, state, or federal government. This figure also includes all of the Americans who are on unemployment, disability, and Social Security pay. This means that every American – adult or child – is responsible for one other American. This is simply unsustainable.

My Answer: a. Reduce the Federal Government by 50%. The federal government is the main stranglehold on the economy. It needs to be reduced by at least 50%. We are running a budget deficit of 50%. We need to at least spend no more than what we are collecting in taxes. We could do this by reduce government by 10% over the next 5 years to 50% of size. This would be painful but doable. It will either be done by choice ahead of time or by necessity later.

b. Reduce Taxes to 15%. Contrary to popular opinion we have a very high tax rate in the world among industrially developed countries*. More taxes are not the answer but less. Jobs and entire companies are going to other countries because our tax rates are too high. We need to immediately reduce all corporate and personal taxes to a flat 15%. This alone would unleash tremendous economic growth. *US Tax Rate  *2nd Highest Corporate Rate

c. Remove Regulations by 75%. These are laws made by bureaucrats without Congress voting on them. They are technically illegal and they are killing business more than the high taxes. Regulations need to be reduced drastically – on the order of 75%. We need to support business not strangle it. We have dropped to the lowest level of economic freedom* (business competiveness) ever, after Denmark. We are lower than the average of other free economies. We are now number 9 in the world. Regulations have a huge impact on this economic freedom. *Economic Index 

3. Fix How Federal Politicians Work

Situation: As a general rule there are no leaders in our government only politicians. I realize there are exceptions and I am making a broad sweep that generalizes the whole. But I believe this is true. The reason there are no leaders is because the people now serve politicians and not the politicians serving the people.

My Answer: 

a. No Career Politicians. Our lawmakers need to come back and live as ordinary citizens in the rules that they have created while they were in office. 2 terms is enough.

b. Politicians and Federal Employees Have the Same Benefits We do. Congress and all Federal employees need to have the same Social Security retirement plan we do. They also should have to live with the same medical plan Obamacare will give us. Did you even realize that they have a much different plan than we do? Suffice it to say it is nothing like what they voted in for us. Politicians doing this are self-serving and lack integrity.

These are my thoughts. What are yours?