Thursday, October 14, 2004

I Knew Jesus Before He Was A Member Of The Republican Party

Before I dive in too deep here, I want to qualify some things. First, I am not against the Republican or Democratic Party. I support President Bush and most of what he stands for and I believe the Republican Party has championed a lot of Christian interest to which I’m thankful. However, I believe there are some things that need to be addressed and I believe the Body of Christ must be warned of the direction some of it’s members are taking.

A few days ago I was driving and listening to a Rita Springer CD. Towards the end of one of her songs she starts singing "What can wash away my sins nothing but the blood of Jesus". I thought to myself what a wonderful song of old, it seems that no song speaks of the cleansing power of Christ any better. I began to reflect back early in my walk with the Lord. As I did I heard inside, "I knew Jesus before He was a member of the Republican Party". I knew there was something prophetic on that statement. Being a songwriter I thought maybe God wanted me to write a song with this theme in mind and still I may. But as I began to meditate on the profound statement, a flood of thoughts poured in concerning the Church and the role some of it has taken in the political arena.
I am a baby boomer born in 1960. When I was in elementary school, we were taught a little about the election process. Basically I was taught that the Republican Party was known for protecting big business and industry and the Democrats protected the interest of the common man. At that time in history I was taught that the Democrats and Republicans were neither good or evil, they were simply the two party lines established in the Democratic process of our Country. At that time a lot of the issues that exist today did not exist then. Same sex marriages, partial birth abortions, and such issues had not yet surfaced. However, other issues did exist like racism, the Vietnam war, women’s rights, etc. Clearly, while certain problems still exist in the areas of women’s rights and racism, things are far better than they were then. There didn’t seem to be the great morality chasm between the two parties. Today however, things have drastically changed and this is where I sound the alarm.

I have to say it scares me a little that my children are being taught primarily by the Church that the Republican party represents truth and goodness and the Democratic party represents the darkside, evil and corruption. The Republican party like the Democratic party both have special interest groups that probably wouldn’t be caught dead in a church, but it seems that the church ignores these facts and still seeks to yoke up with a secular system. Scripture is clear not to be unequally yoked. I know, I know, we’re a nation under God but we are also a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. My last recollection of Gods government is a Theocracy, of God, by God, and for the heavenly host and us who are born again. I do believe we need to vote our conscience according to how we believe God is leading and be a loud voice in the political process. Make no mistake, Republicans like the Democrats want one thing and one thing only from every man and woman and that is their vote. This is not to say that their aren’t some great individuals in each party that are true statesmen and patriots some of who are our brothers and sisters in the faith. When I refer to Republicans and Democrats, I’m referring to their function as an institution. What bothers me are these possibilities: What if, God forbid, a Democratic president was elected. Is he going to be our enemy because he or she is a Democrat. I can’t imagine the wrath from the pulpit he might get. I know what it’s like to be shot from the pulpit on a small scale, I can’t imagine the fury that person would endure on a national or international level. When the Church is after you, lookout! We are supposed to be in this world, not of it. We are not supposed to be fighting flesh and blood, but principalities, spiritual darkness and wickedness in high places not the Democrats, gays, and other groups that we the "righteous" have declared vermin. If the Church was as excited about sharing the revelation of Christ as it is crucifying those who are politically incorrect, the earth would be shaken with revival. Who knows even a Democrat might get saved!

There are a lot of ways man can be hurt and deceived. There are lots of issues that wreak of unfairness in our society and they all need to be resolved. Scripture is clear that there is a way that seems right to a man but in the end leads to death. The loud declaration of righteousness based on a moral stance can be deceptive. It’s an easy bandwagon to jump on because it seems right to all, but lets get to the heart of the matter. What is it that makes a man righteous? Is it fighting partial birth abortions or Jesus? Is it crusading against same sex marriages or simply a new birth experience in Christ? Be careful how you answer. My bible says in the fifth chapter of Romans that Jesus literally made us righteous by what He did by His work of the cross. When we are born again, we are made righteous. How else could we go to the throne room boldly as we are told to. The political parties are man made entities and fail miserably when measured against our Lord. Does this mean we don’t stand for what’s right? Do you really think that’s what I’m saying? I am simply saying that righteousness, rightness, being right or however you want to say it, only comes from our new birth experience and we should want everyone to experience that new birth. Most people who become born again don’t have to be told that abortion is wrong. Most born again folks don’t have to be told that homosexuality is wrong. It does seem amazing that almost all of us have to be told that choosing to fight flesh and blood is wrong. I know I hear you saying does that mean we’re not supposed to fight for our country? No, we render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. I am a former Deputy Sheriff, I know what it means to be shot at and I know what it means to shoot someone even when you are a Christian. It’s all a matter of what’s in your heart. What’s in your heart?

As Christians we are supposed to understand seed time and harvest time. What will the next generation be like as a result of the Church being yoked with political entities in this way. I don’t want to spell it out, but history will serve us greatly if we don’t repeat it. Jesus emphatically said that we reap what we sow.

Am I saying not to support the party that best represents the conscience of the Body of Christ? Absolutely not! It’s your duty, just examine your heart in the matter. The church is supposed to be seen as a spotless bride. A diamond in the rough that stands for dignity and truth. When we fiercely involve ourselves in battles of right and wrong we are eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Deception is always the end result. The fruit of which is always division.
God bless America!

Thanks, Ken Mullis

Introduction

In a world of complex issues, for Christians it seems, we're always trying to find the right road to travel. I would think for most of us it makes good since to stand on the right side of the fence. It really feels good to try and find a place of rightness in this seemingly conflicting universe. I believe that God truly wants us to be free as believers to walk in a place that has no condemnation to our consciences. I believe the way to this place is by exposing the differences between the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. To the natural eye you wo'nt see the difference. Scripture says there is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death. This site is dedicated to this purpose and I hope you are blessed by the insights posted here.
Thanks, Ken Mullis