To my American Christ-following brothers & sisters:
God and the US government are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they go hand-in-hand. To have a government without God leads to Communism and tyranny, and, to have God without government leads to religious tyranny. The American Founding Fathers tried their human best to create a framework which allows people to freely worship God and honor their neighbors under the blanket of security that the federal government provided.
While the church doesn’t want the government involved as a whole, if they want to worship and serve freely in their communities, they need a supportive government structure who is willing to provide safety and security, and who allows religious activities to be performed without fear or control.
A Constitutionally-limited government relies on the local communities and especially the religious congregations to provide care and support for those in need. And, religious congregations rely on the government mandated services outlined in the Constitution to maintain that framework of safety and security for the religious organizations to thrive within.
Christ-followers in the United States should not and (most) are not seeking a theocracy. There is a natural balance between having a government of the people by the people for the people and the Christian church (the whole body, not one particular denomination or even organization). Given the poor participation of Christ-following citizens, it seems that Christians would prefer to live under an oppressive government and feel they have a “cause” rather than seeing that their cause is to work to conserve the US Constitutionally-limited government as it was designed, to the glory of God and the blessing of nations.
it seems that Christians would prefer to live under an oppressive government and feel they have a “cause” rather than seeing that their cause is to work to conserve the US Constitutionally-limited government as it was designed, to the glory of God and the blessing of nations.
People who have never lived under an oppressive regime cannot begin to imagine what it is like to hide their worship, hide their religious materials, hide their congregations in underground systems to worship corporately, all with the constant fear of being discovered and summarily imprisoned or executed.
Which nation sends the most charitable financial aid? Who sends charity workers on mission trips to serve nations and peoples in need? The United States does these things and much of it as Christ-following citizens. What happens to Haiti, Malawi, the slums in Nairobi, or Chinese baby girls left for dead when the US government decides that Christian churches are no longer in the business of serving others and must stick to religious ceremonies on Sunday?
Clay Christensen is a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. In the following video, Mr. Christensen talks about religion and government. He is quoted as saying, “If you take away religion, you will need to hire more police”. Does the American Christian church really want to leave a police state to their children and grandchildren as their legacy because they couldn’t be bothered to keep a toe in the waters of elections and government?
If Christians continue to stay home on election day, one day they will find their churches shuttered, their bibles confiscated, and their congregating constantly monitored. Even South Korean missionaries in China are being investigated.
Tomorrow is election day. Christians have a chance to participate in the greatest, although imperfect, free election in the world and the ramifications will be felt worldwide. Know your values, do your research and please – vote!