In political terms, they call themselves, “progressives!”
The truth is—they’re far from it. In fact, I’d call them “retrogressive!”
And we need to be concerned.
In anyone’s definition, progressive means growing, developing, moving forward.
Consider these “progressive”—“moving forward” causes:
Removing the Bible from public schools. Denial of Bible clubs in schools. The removal of prayer in schools.
The denial of prayer at high school graduations, at high school athletic events. Redefining marriage and the family. Redefining morality. Prohibition of saying the name of Jesus in public prayer. Removal of the Ten Commandments from public property.
Textbook revisionism that denies true Christian history in America.
Denial of religious freedom of expression. Censorship of churches and pastors.
Need I go on?
Tell me again—what’s the definition of progressive?
I’m not seeing it in the so-called progressive movement!
What’s it going to take to get us to care about those who don’t know Christ as Savior?
How do we overcome apathy?
How do we deal with the “luke-warmness” in our life?
Jesus said in Revelation 3: “I know your deeds. You’re neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other, so because you are lukewarm, I’m about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Pretty strong language, wouldn’t you say?
God does not want us lukewarm. He wants us committed!
In fact, it even says in 2nd Chronicles that His eyes are looking to and fro in the entire earth—looking to find someone who’s fully committed to Him—so He can show His power on our behalf.
Deal with it! Get rid of the apathy and reach out with compassion to those around you.
Live out your faith.
When half the children your kids go to school with don’t have a dad at home—that’s a problem!
The absence of a father—or his leadership, even if he is in the home—is a growing problem—one we need to address.
There are too many absentee dads and too many disengaged dads.
There was a time when sexually active teens were not seen in a positive way in our schools. Today, if they’re a virgin, they’re ridiculed. The result? A high percentage of babies born to unwed mothers. And that usually means—children with no dad.
No father image; no person to help shape them.
Every little girl and every little boy needs not only the benefit of a mom, but they desperately need a dad.
Let’s commit ourselves to work to preserve the family—mom and dad!
When it comes to the political process—can we believe one way and vote another? The short answer is. . .No!
I asked a politician, “Are you pro-life?” “Yes.”
I asked, “Suppose there’s a tie on Roe vs. Wade, overturning the legislation that allows doctors to perform abortions legally—how would you vote?”
He said, “I’d vote to continue it and keep it legal.”
“Then don’t tell me you’re pro-life.”
And he said, “Oh but I am personally.”
If you’re personally pro-life, but you’re not legislatively doing anything about it—you’re worthless to that pre-born baby.
You can’t believe one way and vote another as a politician or a citizen.
In a monarchy or dictatorship, people can do nothing about the government.
But in a democracy, we vote politicians into power.
What you believe should determine how you vote!
Live out your faith!
What does it mean—to obey God?
An obvious answer is: to obey God’s Word, obey His principles. And that’s important. But it also means being in proper conformity.
And what do I mean by that?
Being in alignment with those God has put over you.
It may be someone at work. If you’re on an athletic team—it’s the coach. If you’re a child, it’s your parents.
If you’re a church, it would be your pastor.
Wherever you are in life, you’ll have other human authorities over you—placed there by God. In fact, delegated by God.
If you want to walk in full obedience to God—guess what?
Here’s the tough part. You must walk in obedience with those God has ordained and placed over you.
So how’s that going? Are you in obedience to those placed over you by God?
When it comes to mixing religion and politics, how far is “too far”?
In reality—religion and politics cannot be separated!
Any country or society that’s held together by shared social and cultural traits, has to have religion as its core and foundation.
In other words, the “political” is inherently religious. Because ultimately, religion is about values, societal values.
All laws are either moral or ethical. Ethical, meaning how we treat others. Moral, meaning our responses to the laws of God.
So no matter how you look at it—you can’t escape merging religion with politics.
Politics are inherently religious—despite efforts to make them appear distinctly secular.
This is where we find ourselves right now!