Proverbs 20:11 tells us, “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Do we believe this? Do we as a nation, and even more specifically as Christians, believe God’s word that even a child is known by their actions? One would hope so, but our decisions do not seem to indicate so.
If a person continually claims to care for the poor we might think that they actually do, but if we see them dropping off canned food items or clothing at the local homeless shelter each week we know that they do. If a person claims to love their spouse, we may well believe them, but if we see them daily taking the time to put their spouse’s needs above their own, we know that they do. If we hear a person say over and again how much they love their country, we could think they are just showing bravado, but if we see them give year after year in dangerous service defending their country for little pay, we know they must. If we hear time and again how colorblind a person is, we may be suspect of their motives, but if we see them continuously reward and advance people based solely upon merit and benefit to the organization, we do not doubt that is true. And if we hear a person talk again and again about how much they love God, we may rightly doubt their truthfulness, but if we see them again and again love their neighbor as themselves, we have a pretty good idea they must.
So, why do we not use our observations as wisely when the outcomes are negative? Perhaps, because they are a bit too personal, but that is no excuse. If a person claims to care about life and the weakest and most vulnerable of our citizens, but yet votes time after time for politicians who support murdering babies, how can we possibly believe them? If a person claims to have respect for and esteem the institution of marriage, but continually votes for persons who promote homosexual or transgender unions and actions, or themselves commits adultery again and again, why would we give any credit to their words? If a person claims to view people only based upon their merit and abilities, yet constantly votes for people who base their support and actions on the gender or skin-color of a person, why would we believe them? If a person claims that they have contempt for theft, yet they repeatedly vote for people who pass laws stealing from one man to give to another, why do we hesitate in saying they support thievery? And if we hear a person talk again and again about how much they love God and Jesus Christ, however they repeatedly vote for people who support and pass laws in direct contradiction to His commandments, why in the world do we acknowledge them as Christian?
We often see what we want to, or we choose to ignore that which we do not want to admit. This does not fit in very well to the America ethos and particularly the Christian calling of being “the salt of the earth.” We cannot be the “light of the world” if we are unwilling to acknowledge and call out immorality when it is shoved in front of our face. Yes, we are told not to judge others lest we ourselves be judged. There is, however, a significant distinction between singling out one individual to point at and judge, versus identifying and fighting against the national sanctioning of immoral actions. One of the teachings I gleaned from the Marines was “praise in public and censor in private.” This is perhaps not exactly the same, but in essence it applies. We do not need to chase down every individual we know doing something immoral and wag our fingers at them. Perhaps we need to say something to them in private. We certainly need to acknowledge and fight back against immorality on a national scale, however. Sometimes that fight may even come to more than words as it did for our founders based not upon our own selfish desires, but for the need to obey God’s command to “defend the rights of the poor and needy.” For there can be little doubt that killing babies, stealing money, promoting sexual deviancy, even inviting criminals in, and preventing the acknowledgement of God’s grace and mercy on our country are everything but beneficial for the poor and needy.
The problem here folks, is not the politicians who support these immoral actions. The problem is the people who vote for those politicians. And even more than that, the problem is those of us who watch and see and say and do nothing. We leave the door open wide to a dark and sad future for our families, children, and grandchildren. For as President Jefferson once said, “… can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!” We cannot expect God’s blessings, grace, and mercy to continue on a national scale while we practice murder, theft, lust, greed, and selfishness in our voting lives; these represent and support lawlessness. As Paul noted there is no law against “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” We must however have God and Jesus Christ at the center of our beloved country and we must fight against those who would destroy her through lawlessness.
-JT Cope IV