Dirty Politics and the Christians with Shovels

7:30 AM

This month practically every other week has been speeches, speeches, speeches. And speeches. Yup. Since the public interest in patriotic contests seems to be low, I, a lone homeschooler, have decided to enter them all.

Or something like that. So I've been thinking about patriotism lately. Patriotism and Christianity. Christianity and patriotism. Wondering if they're compatible. Wondering if they're not.

I grew up arguing around the dinner table about politics. (Once, in the arrogance of ten years, I challenged my grandpa to a debate I would unfailingly win, poor fellow. It centered around oil drilling, and due to the fact that the debate mysteriously expanded to include everyone in the room, the topic ended up with polar bears winning the day. My little ego was ruined.)

Around argument #554, I just stopped and thought, "So this is helping - how?" It frustrated me - the same people who criticized the government and said, "Here's what's wrong and here's how to fix it" - these same people refused to do anything about it. They didn't care to sully their hands in the dirtiness of politics. The whole country was caput, according to them, and hang on for the ride.

Such people became armchair critics in my mind - pointing out the faults of the government and doing absolutely nothing about it. If you won't do anything about it, I finally theorized, then don't complain about it. Complaint is for those thick in the battle.

Then there were some people who just didn't care at all. Sure, they had opinions (who doesn't?), but nobody - especially my age - cared. They just didn't care - about America, about liberty, about politics, about Christians in said areas. They just didn't. That may seem like a "duh" moment - but to me that made no sense.

If we Christians aren't going to do something about it, who will? The liberals? The pagans? The atheists? And we're supposed to sit back and let that happen?

"But Bailey," the placation goes, "our citizenship is in heaven."

Which is precisely why we ought to be concerned about the America we have. Every sensible American recognizes that America is (or at least was) unique in its government and greatness. Only the hand of God could have guided such a creation. We are not, as some would have it, children of God because of our earthly citizenship; but we cannot deny that America has had a place in the kingdom of God - sending out the most missionaries, teachers and Christian resources, providing a safe haven for the persecuted, preaching freedom to those in oppressive countries. That is not the gospel - no one argues that. But it is our responsibility to guard such a liberty and to use to the glory of God.

To do anything less but defend the liberties and form of government laid out in the Constitution - that's an abuse of stewardship. We have so much - we are so spoiled - and to ignore the fact that such blessing comes with such responsibility is flagrant disobedience.

Now I'll be the first to say I don't care for politics. Presidential hopes are not in my future. It's just not my cup of tea. But that disinterest in a political career doesn't keep me from an interest in government, history and especially the ideas that caused the consequences. It doesn't keep me from exercising my freedom and governing myself so the government doesn't have to. There are so many ways to fight the good fight on the homefront that aren't "political" - but they are powerful.

We have two choices - activism or apathy. Doing something or not doing something. Building or tearing down. There's really no middle ground. So what are you going to do about it?

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  1. *sheepish grin* I'll let my sister do the fair share of speeches. Leave the silent one to bake the cookies for the crowd. ;)

    I don't put me hands in politics because I can't follow it. I'm only 13 and can't do anything about it (can't do any speeches 'cause you have to be in highschool - and the essays...well...)


    Yup - there's my excuse. I'll stand on the middle air. ;)

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  2. Hm. I'm afraid I can't see the logic in gainsaying those who point out the political errors of our country and refuse to do anything, and then saying that it's "just not my cup of tea." Please don't take this accusingly, but could you explain?

    For Christ's Sake,
    Natalie

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  3. The u.s. of a. is but another nation and of this wicked, evil world ;-(

    And the brethren of The Messiah have taken heed unto The Call to "Come Out of her, MY people" and no longer have their portion with those of this world who yet follow "the broad way that leads to destruction"!

    Thankfully those who follow The Messiah are but "aliens and pilgrims while on the earth" for their "citizenship is in Heaven"!

    They have "Come Out" of this wicked world and it's systems of religion and have taken heed unto the exhortation to:

    “Love Not The World”

    ”For the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”.......(I John 5:19)

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.”(IJohn2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James4:4)

    "Come Out of her, MY people"!

    Global warming, polluted air, land and waters, toxic wastes, sexual perversion, evil inventions of destruction, greed, hate, carnal warfare, dis-ease(no-peace),,etc,, are all destructive processes that have their root in “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life” all of which fuel the fires of mankind’s “imag”ination ;-(

    "Come out from among them and be separate"!

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it's systems of religion, for "the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one" indeed and Truth......

    Truth IS, a lie never was and is not.......

    Abide in Truth....... francis

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  4. Bethany - We shall have a talk.

    Allison - *sheepish grin* I thought you knew my logic was already hard to follow? But what I meant is that I have no desire to be a "career politician" (and have some problems with women in government positions...but I digress). I wouldn't want to make a career out politics - it isn't my calling and I don't have the temperament for it. That doesn't excuse me from the responsibility of a citizen...even as a political layperson, it's my duty to stay informed, to care and to speak out. And I do that. Make sense?

    Love ya. *HUGS*

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  5. ElderChild - blessings and welcome to my blog! I appreciate your concern about Christians separating from the world...but may I throw in another verse from inspired Scripture?

    "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. ... for he is God’s servant for your good." And again, "for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing" (Romans 13: 1,4,6).

    What God calls good - what God ordains - cannot be "of the world." Indeed, there are many things that will be abolished in the next life that God has ordained in the present for His glory - marriage and civil government come first to mind.

    We are not to separate from that which is good. We need government; more specifically, we need good government. Is it immoral to work in an occupation that God calls direct ministry and servanthood to Him? I don't think so. I think the larger Christian community has bought that lie, and that's why we're in the mess we're in.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment! God bless.

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  6. "Love your enemies"!

    Apparently your god, which more than likely is the three headed pagan catholic/christian god, considers the bloodshed of the sin that is rebellion to be a good thing.

    If your god orders all, and declares such to be good, i am simply sad for you ;-( And all the braindirtyed who call themselves americans ;-(

    "with all your getting, get understanding"!

    As for The ONE and Only True Living GOD, Father(Creator) of ALL, HE WHOM i seek and desire to serve?

    HE has given HIS Call to "Come Out of her, MY people"!

    So it is i have chosen to "Come Out" of this wicked, evil world and it's systems of religion for i know and believe that my "citizenship is in Heaven"!

    May you one day 'see' The Light, for only then will you no longer be of those "whose god is their bellies, and whose glory is in their shame, because they mind earthly things"!

    "THINE IS The Kingdom"!

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  7. Makes sense. I share your view.

    Natalie

    P.S. Wow! Didn't know I could be so concise! =)

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  8. Natalie - LOL! Won't you teach me how to be so concise? I finally got around to emailing you, by the way. Yay!

    ElderChild, with all respect, I don't quite get your accusations. Believe it or not, I'm a real human being (*wink*) that is open to other interpretations of Scripture and that is also hurt by your rather confusing, unloving comments. However, I am very offended by your characterization of my Savior and sovereign Lord and the cheap shot to the Trinity, which had nothing to do with the post and is an affront to Christ Jesus. You are more than welcome to interact with my post and what I have said, even if you disagree, but you are not welcome to blaspheme my God. Please play fair and civil or your future comments will be deleted.

    Blessings,
    Bailey

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  9. ElderChild:
    Firstly, I would be interested to know where you are from. Would you care to tell me? I don't mind if you won't.
    Secondly (and I am at a loss how to say this without being rude), my comment saying "Makes sense. I share your view" was directed toward Bailey, not you.

    Love in the True God I serve,
    Natalie

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  10. Ugh, politics! Something I believe that I shall never get! Anyways, yes Bailey, all of the above makes sense to me! Way to go!

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  11. ElderChild, your comments are neither helpful, truthful nor kind. I refuse to argue with you or allow you a platform to spread your lies. Thank for you time and please use your American freedom of religion elsewhere. May you one day see the light. God bless.

    (Natalie, he's from America, if you read his profile.)

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  12. I'd rather argue about football. =)

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  13. Okay - all I could get out of his location was that he was traveling in America.
    You'd rather argue about football, hmm? Good luck!

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