Lecture and Sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon
In the United States today we hear a lot of Republicans talk about Jesus and Christianity. Is this a good thing though? To be honest with you no it is not, the way they speak they are damaging the image of true Christianity. The GOP seem to place judgment onto those that do not agree with their opinions and they do not take the true teachings of Christ into account. So let us look at what Jesus and the Apostles have had to say about government and how you can tell when the negative attacks from Politicians on Christianity.
He asked them, “Whose is this image and inscription?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
(Matthew 22:20-21 WEBA)
When Jesus was tested that day about taxes he showed two things that was very important. First he showed that God valued money little and cares less for it, after all our salvation is not bought by the corruptible things of earth like gold or silver. Second he showed that we should honor the laws of the land, this is a theme that we see a few other times as well. Even from the Old Testament we know that God places the Kings in power, when they are good it is to reward and when they are bad it is to punish the nation. Now should we speak poorly of them for what they are doing bad?
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
(Romans 13:1-2 KJV)
Wow, so Paul is writes something pretty blunt here at the end of verse 2; “they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation”. So is refusing to follow rules that is set forth by our government a slap in the face of God? “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;” (1 Peter 2:13 KJV). So we see in this verse here that every ordinance is said and ordinance means a piece of legislation enacted by a municipal authority. So is every law right that gets passed? No not every law is a perfect law, yet in obedience to God and not man we must follow them. So here is the question many are thinking, what if the law interferes with the Gospel of Jesus? For example, what if it is to force the mark of the beast? Well in that case, it would be the perfect example to be a rebel. That law goes against the teachings of the Gospel and the New Testament, to save our souls and to honor our only father God we should ignore that type of law. If it is a new law on banning guns at churches then we should comply, bite your lip and deal with it.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
(1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV)
The United States is falling apart and we are seeing it happen before our eyes, just like many other nations around the world. If we take a quick look at our main issues in the United States, we can break down four main reason for this:
- Abandonment of God– Groups like Freedom from Religion Foundation have started to strip symbols of God and force acts of faith from public and into private situations.
- Division of Citizens– We are not finding common grounds with one another and we are forgetting that together we are a family in God.
- Racism– We are seeing a rise in race issues again in our nations, not just with African Americans or Hispanics but even an attack on Whites.
- Irrational Activism– We are seeing activism happen without a just cause over pretty much anything today, people today tend to jump to conclusions before knowing facts. This is causing a divide and leads to the other three on this list most of the time.
So this is some of the things that we are seeing, the list was hard to come up with; but I chose these because these are the ones that plague other nations as well. Another big issue is that our world is becoming big on greed as well, everything today is revolving around money and how to get more and more. We are even seeing churches get rich while the communities around them are falling apart.
The GOP attack all the time, the attack immigrants and even welfare; what would Jesus do about that? They give around about answers on race the same as the democrats, what would Jesus say about race? Politicians never address the true divide in our nation what does the Bible say about that? And most important of all has the GOP and Democrats abandoned God? Jesus said when you have a feast invite the poor, blind and handicapped; here is a good indication that Jesus would want us to welcome immigrants especially those that are of our Christian Family. As well Jesus wants us to take care of the poor, he feed many people. Race, well Jesus says it and Paul clears it up; we are a family in Christ adopted in sonship through rebirth in the Holy Spirit. The color of skin mean little when it comes down to the condition of the soul. Activism should always be done with knowledge and not following trends, knowledge comes from God and that is the true knowledge.
The biggest issue facing the world today is the abonnement of God, and both political parties in the United States are guilty of that. The false testimonies and doctrine that we hear them spew from their mouths is helping cool the fire in the hearts of many. They are leading many to a lukewarm lifestyle, and their actions is more damning that never knowing God in the first place. And these are things that we have been warned of in Matthew 24 and in Revelations, we are seeing the false prophets out there leading many away from the true gospel. Remember Jesus said: “not all who seek me shall find me.” We have seen Democrats at the DNC rally in 2012 boo God and Democratic presidential administration that has turned its back on Israel and Middle Eastern Christians. Jesus even said those among the elect, elect being his followers, will go astray. We are also seeing a nation that has allowed the sacrifice of children with Planned Parenthood, and we do not allow parents to work schedules were they can be in the children’s lives. A nation dived will fall in on itself it is stated clear in the Bible and we can and are seeing it happen right before our very eyes.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
(Matthew 24:11-13 KJV)
Brothers and Sisters, we have to stand up and set the path right. We need to tell our leaders to speak the truth of Christ and stop making their own God, because when they make up their own God it is called idolater which breaks the second commandment, that was reconfirmed as well in the New Covenant by Jesus when he reestablished them for Jew and Gentile. God will not turn his back on us, yet we will know wrath of his tough love like Katrina and Nepal earthquake. We should see the message and know what our nation and its leaders are doing is wrong, we should stop giving a platform for false teachers, many who hide themselves as television ministers and reality stars.
I hope that you can take what I say and read your Bible, find for yourself the words of Christ. The red letters are there and the teachings of the Apostles that the Holy Spirit breathed fire into their souls is there. I ask that you do not get caught up in politics but cast votes for character regardless of party. Ask questions of faith and allow God to guide you when you vote, allow yourself to vote for heart and not falsehood and lies. Satan is a deceiver and many of our politicians today are deceiving people by the thousands. Let us pray:
Our Father in heaven we ask that you come and save our Nation from the clutches of Satan and his minions. Lord touch the hearts of the people of our Nation to help them see, remove the scales from their eyes lord with the amazing grace. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Amen
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