Christians, “Don’t talk about politics with other Christians, it might divide us.”
When pastors (not all) and liberals tell us conservatives not to talk about politics at church, they encourage a “secret life” of discussing things outside church which are not subjected to our Biblical standard of always speaking the truth – especially the practice of hiding lies we are aware of. I know tons of Christians who lie brazenly about political matters.
Worst of all, when our pastors say “no politics,” many friends and some spouses – I hear complaints – often impugn those who are aware of our political death spiral as if we should NEVER discuss politics at all. Politics is treated as “dirty talk.” Nothing could be further from the truth – Christians MUST oppose fraud and corruption in politics, especially if the money is flowing into their pockets.
So, the church should not be political? Paul sure was, check out all his political gamesmanship with finding a friendly court for his trial at the end of Acts. He was politically aware and active, and GOD even spoke to Paul about the political show trial he was confronted with, exactly like Christians are oppressed today. We observe similar self-righteous opponents using fake accusations of Paul creating rancor, which we face today when called racists, hate groups, or pro-slavery. Paul CONFRONTED his opponents’ lies, he did not always run ( from NIV):
Acts 24 24 Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor…….
10 When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.
11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. 13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. 14
Acts 27:24 “23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’”
Acts 26:6 “6 And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.”
Acts 26:6 9 Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?”
10 Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. 11 If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”
12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”
Next, realize how the left pushed Christianity out of politics: “Don’t talk politics” is a common command from our liberal – notice it’s never conservative – friends and parishioners. I’ve extensively noticed and documented the pattern: I’ve never had a conservative tell me “let’s don’t talk politics.” It’s a label which implies politics is dirty or unseemly for the Christian, and it surely is not, if truthful arguments, not rumor or opinion, is proffered.
Realize the industries of banking, education, medicine, pharmaceuticals, recreation, food, health insurance, and media are all dominated by government spending, thus these major parts of our civic life are now major political topics.
- Poor, expensive medical care? DON’T TALK ABOUT IT AT CHURCH.
- Bankers corrupted by bailouts and literally zero prison sentence enforcement for the industry? DON’T TALK ABOUT IT AT CHURCH.
- Printing 10% of our money supply a year? DON’T TALK ABOUT IT AT CHURCH.
- Government taking over all charity in the country, while Joel Osteen is slandered for not taking in flood victims immediately? DON’T….
- Medical care now unaffordable due to historically predictable policy choices? DON’T TALK ABOU IT AT CHURCH.
- Opioid epidemic, paid for by government spending, and pharmaceutical companies massively profiting – not to mention government “social welfare” recovery employees making huge salaries? DON’T TALK ABOUT IT AT CHURCH – WE CAN’T OPPOSE GOVERNMENT.
Now these topics get NO Christian influence because WE SHOULDN’T TALK ABOUT IT when with other Christians? Paul surely did talk about being mistreated, and his rights.
The “no politics” mandate is purely liberal, Christian-silencing political HOGWASH. What divides the church is OPINION and HEARSAY about politics, the church leadership must make sure truthful, non-antagonistic discussion is promoted, lest the church end up drifting into silent approval of lies, and even anti-church legislation – like allowing Sharia law in our land.
Or hiding tens of child-molesting priests. I proved on my Facebook wall that we can have pleasant discussion if WE ONLY DISCUSS TRUTH, not opinion. Almost all my readers are Christians, and they complement me regularly for hosting the best place for great debate – because I don’t allow beliefs, opinions, or feelings to be cited, as Ben Franklin first mandated for his meetings.
The truthful, best practices Christian influence has been pushed out of all societal influence, and we only talk about what the liberals want us to talk about. Love and charity – two societal influences also claimed broadly by the left to be government’s role, so we look just like liberals, now, except they spend trillions, and we spend only our tithes and offerings, which are tiny compared to government charity. BUT DON’T TALK ABOUT IT. No wonder we lose members – the average person sees government as far more loving and charitable than churches! We cannot win on these premises.
We MUST return to evangelizing truth as well. Washington DC is a lie mill, and we give approval in our silence.
What did Christianity look like before progressivism and liberals? Christian perspective used to play a central role in society, Frenchman De Toqueville noted this in 1850:
“Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more did I perceive the great political consequences resulting from this state of things, to which I was unaccustomed. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country.” http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/religion/ch1_17.htm
So – let’s stop listening to the liberals tell Christians what we can talk about, we can clearly see where they are taking us now – our Infallible God has been replaced by their belief in infallible government – and we’re told not to talk about it.
John D. Lofgren @ Junto Club: www.atlasShouts.com
Author of “Atlas Shouts” #13 rated Money book on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Shouts-Modern-Patriot-Action/dp/1458217566
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