Archive for October 31st, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008–Here at Mark12ministries one of my goals is to examine all of life in the light of scripture so as to live all of life for the glory of God. Some blogs are very narrow in focus, but I cannot be that focused (disciplined?); I have too many interests in other areas. But with the turn of America to Barak Hussein Obama, an outright Marxist, and the Demoncrat party which is now Socialist if not altogether Marxist, I must address the spiritual, moral, political, economic and historical situation from a biblical perspective.
The Gospel is inherently political, but that is not to say it is primarily political. Liberals and black theology types will try to make the Gospel primarily political. The Gospel is about man being a helpless sinner and God being a gracious God and Jesus dying a sustitutionary death so that we might be saved. But, when Jesus cleared out the Temple or wrangled with the Pharisees, he was not just proclaiming truth or making a prophetic sign, he was also making political implications due to the power structures of his day. This is clearly explained at his trial. The Sanhedrin understood that the Gospel Jesus preached combined with his miracles, and the response of the crowds, was going to shake the foundations of their society and endanger their position. There has usually been a political response by the State or the Elite and Powerful of every society that has been confronted with the Gospel. The early church was persecuted, Paul was arrested, Peter and Paul and so many others gave their lives for the Gospel because the ruling powers responded politically to the Gospel.
While I believe the priorities of the Church are Worship, making Disciples and proclaiming the Gospel to the nations, I think we also have a biblical mandate to a prophetic ministry of speaking biblical truth to the world against sin and evil. Read the OT prophets and you will see the political implications of speaking the Word of God to a civilization.
Therefore, I believe the church must address the great issues of our time. America has been losing its freedom for a long time, 150 years at least. Partly this is due to growth, urbanization, and living in a complex, interconnected, technological world. The US Constitution really was designed for a small, agrarian culture in some ways, but its principles can apply to our complex world today too. Liberals, for the past 100 yrs have been misapplying the Constitution and ruining the economy. Today we are at the cusp of a Revolution that will bring us into Marxism and slavery.
I don’t say that lightly, with tongue in cheek, or with deliberate exaggeration for effect. I have studied political theory and history enough to know that we are indeed in the kettle and the water is being heated to boiling. We are in danger and need to have a serious wake up call.
What I am wanting to do is to read some of the great works of literature, some sound economics texts, and some political theory and history and write some blogs on what I read. It is going to be a long project for certain, but if Obambi is elected we will have 4 years to study and say, “I told you so!” If McCain is elected I will still do the project because it should not have been anywhere near this close. Fully half of America is confused about liberty, responsibility, freedom, duty and economics. Many of those confused are in the Church, and that is a great sadness. For too many generations we have trusted the education of our young to government schools that have a marxist view of the world. Enough of that. We, the Church, need to educate ourselves and our young properly and then proclaim the truth to the Land.
Some of the books I hope to look at include:
1) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I am almost through reading it now and should have a review by next week.
2) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
3) 1984 and Animal Farm by Orwell.
4) Anthem, We The Living, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
5) Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler.
6) Capitalism and Freedom, Free To Choose by Milton Friedman.
7) Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt.
8) The Road To Serfdom by Hayek.
9) Basic Economics, Applied Economics and On Classical Economics by Thomas Sowell
And who knows what other books we may read on the Bill of Rights and the American Political Process and Tradition. The bottom line is that we are at war. This war is a spiritual war for the eternal souls of men and it is being waged on many fronts. In this blog I will continue to emphasize the biblical studies in Genesis, Mark, Matthew and other areas of theology and the Bible; I will continue with book reviews, recipes, Army/guns/hunting stories, Christian Preparedness/Survivalism studies and current events. But I will now purposefully delve deeper into politics and economics.