Shortly after the 2000 election, when Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher was still airing on the ABC network, I watched an episode in which Dr. Jerry Falwell was a “guest.”
For those who are unfamiliar with the absurdly misnamed program, Politically Incorrect was a talk-show on which a lone conservative such as Dr. Falwell, author, Ann Coulter, or some other courageous culture warrior, was invited to defend sensible, conservative religious and cultural views.
Also on the panel would be four or five loud, obnoxious and often militant, liberals including the host, himself.
On this particular program, Dr. Falwell was the lone Conservative, and actress Dixie Carter from the sit-com Designing Women was one of the Liberal guest panelists. At the end on a lengthy and heated discussion, she bemoaned, “I’m tired of everyone talking about Christians as if they’re always conservatives. I’m a Christian and a Democrat.”
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The statement drew resounding applause from the audience, but is there any truth in it?
According to a 2012 Gallup poll, nearly 80% of Americans claimed to be Christians. In the 2012 election, nearly half of all Protestants and Catholics voted for Democrat candidates. How can these things be?
Can the Christian faith be so diverse in practice that moral authority and integrity can be found in either party, or none?
It’s no secret that Democrats demand that the “wall of separation” between Church and state be vigorously defended, (except when it is to their political advantage to breach it) even though the U.S. Constitution provides no such wall. They preach abortion-on-demand from every rooftop. If in doubt, just listen to some of Hillary Clinton’s recent campaign statements on the issue.
For the past seven years, the current Democrat administration has dictated the acceptance and forced the co-mingling of every kind of sexual perversion, even upon the U.S. Armed Forces. Democrats are largely unified behind the push for same-sex “marriage.” They foment national divisions by race and class, and have done so for the past 40 years.
The administration has violated or refused to enforce numerous federal laws, and has incited lawlessness by word and reckless action. Are any of these Christian ideals?
Seven things are an abomination to the Lord, says the Proverb, “hands that shed innocent blood, feet that run to do evil, and a heart that devises wicked plans” are three of them. These, the DNC does routinely.
How is it that people who call themselves Christians can attend churches every week, sing in their choirs, give their money and do good works, and then, on the first Tuesday in November deny everything they say they believe by casting a vote for the militant ungodly with the tap of a touch-screen or the pull of a lever?
I’m not suggesting that there exists a political solution to America’s problems, or that Republicans are the solution. They’re not. But the clear and present hypocrisy in the Church must be exposed, cast-out and the high places torn down.
These high places are the ungodly ideas that too many church members in America ferociously maintain.
We Americans seem to have an almost reflexive propensity for uniqueness. That is, an urge to form and hold a personal and individual philosophy-set that no one else can claim. Thus the oft-cited term “rugged individualist.”
Perhaps this is the bitter fruit of “celebrating diversity?”
There exists in many people, an almost desperate effort to separate oneself ideologically, from everyone else. It’s as if people within the Church and without, think that their individuality and therefore, their identity, will be lost without such uniqueness. But this is a lie.
Neither one’s value nor his identity is dependent upon believing something that is unlike every other belief set. On the contrary, one’s value is determined by becoming the best individual that one can be, according to God’s law which each of us knows.
True Christianity provides the means of becoming like Christ.
Dr. David Jeremiah recently said:
“God loves diversity, but not so much as He loves unity.”
That unity must be unity in His purposes.
In too many of America’s churches, fraudulent Christians are still contending with God over His Commandments, and rather than confront them as scripture dictates, we accommodate them.
The late James S. Stewart of the Church of Scotland, hailed as the best preacher of the 20th century said, “a theologically-vague and harmlessly-accommodating Christianity is absolutely useless.”
Too often, that’s what we see demonstrated by election returns. Whether this occurs primarily because of ignorance or arrogance is difficult to know, but it is a tragic problem.
No, there is no such thing as a Christian-Democrat. There is no way to defend the godless policies of the Left under cover of Christian compassion, deceitful ideals of social justice, inclusion, or other kinds of double-speak. These are bogus man-made principles that will always be interpreted subjectively and implemented with partiality.
To real committed Christians, God’s policies are the only ones that matter, and those of us who recognize this must be courageous enough to say so.
We don’t need to “rethink Church,” but rather return to Christ and His Church.
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