Friday, January 04, 2008

Be Alert! Riding the Beast: Evangelicals & Politics

Revelation 17:1-2...the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality,...

Evangelicals Riding the Beast If you live in the United States of America, you should know that today is the Iowa Caucus and thus the beginning of the primary season that eliminates the handful of candidates running for president down to just two, one representing each major party (Democratic Party and Republican Party).A caucus (an Native American - Algonquin word meaning 'counsel') does not work like a normal primary where individuals vote for their preferred candidate in the party they registered. I will not go into detail here because it will take up too much space and time but Wikipedia explains the process fairly well and if you are not familiar it is interesting especially for the Democratic party where a person's second choice candidate can be almost as important as their first.

This is because the Democrats run their caucus differently than the Republicans.This year, as in recent years in America have shown, Evangelical Christians will play an important role in choosing the nominees, and ultimately electing the new president. Evangelical Christians have become one of the most sought after and largest "special interest" groups in the nation. I say special interest because that is exactly how the candidates and those holding office treat them. The politician courts this group just like any other and then once in office, laughs all the way to the bank. George W. Bush did a terrific job at this in 2000 and 2004 and I wonder now how many evangelicals ever awoke to that fact.

This is the point of this collection of articles in this alert. Most deal with Republican candidates and you can see that for the most part all have serious problems.First let me state that I have no problem with a believer and follower of Jesus the Messiah voting as long as their vote can reflect the values and teachings of scripture. However, that is becoming increasingly difficult each year.Secondly, our citizenship is first in heaven and secondly on earth in the country, state, etc--- in which we live. We need to live first for our heavenly citizenship while our earthly citizenship must fall in line with that truth.There is a movement among some evangelicals that I can only describe as the "Patriot Movement" and I do not disagree with it entirely but I have some strong concerns. These brethren are constitutionalists (I would consider myself that as well) and many of them support Rep. Dr. Ron Paul. I too, like Dr. Paul having been a fan of his essays and viewpoint (especially concerning money) for a long time, probably closing in on ten years. He has never flipped or flopped on any of his positions, but when it comes to Israel or gay marriage, it takes time to explain his ideas and motivations (the Constitution) as most biblical Christians would not understand at first.However,

I am not writing this to endorse Ron Paul or anyone else, although Ron Paul is the only one at this point that I believe I can trust what he says.My concern with the patriot movement and any evangelical being overly hyped up over politics is this:How close are we? How close are we to Christ returning? The last chapter of the book has been written, and we are living in the most perilous times in history. What does our Lord desire in all of this?That is the one question that you never hear anyone ask in politics and it is a question you are hearing less often among many so-called evangelicals as well. When believers try to take on the world by using the world's system and the world's weapons those believers are at best proceeding down to Egypt and at worse they are riding on the back of the beast.Yes, most Christians want to follow what scripture says about concerns like--- well most of it has to be inferred since these election topics generally are not "Thou shalt" or "Thou shalt not" issues.For example, we want to support Israel but how is the best way to do it? Some would suggest that all the Bush Administration (supposed born again Christian, Israel friendly) has done is harm Israel and I would agree. Yes, we are a 'friend' in theory, but we hug Israel with one arm and stab her in the back with the other. I learned that very well in July of 2005 when Bush forced Israeli's out of Gaza (then came Katrina) and of course, there is Annapolis.Abortion is simple if you are honest - it is murder. Other things are not so simple and if we continue to be honest we can say that what the founders of our country did was not exactly backed up by scripture (See Romans 13). Don't get me wrong as I am very happy to live in the United States and praise God for the freedoms we still enjoy but there is a blindness and an unjust balance used by many American Christians.We hear the debate daily about the war in Iraq and if it was a 'huge blunder' or rather, that Bush holding to his word and making it work with 'the surge'. What viewpoint is correct?Guess what? None of that really matters, as it is the Lord is who is in control. Since the beginning of this war my question had always been, "Lord, what are You doing, what do You want?" Saddam Hussein was a man that was rewarding Palestinian families $25,000 if a member of that family died while killing a Jew. He hated Jews and did much behind the scenes to fund the destruction of Israel. The first Gulf war ended on Purim and the second started on Purim - and Saddam, hung to death just like Haman, a Jew hater who also lived near the banks of the Euphrates centuries earlier for whose deliverance Purim is a celebration.

"If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance. - Deuteronomy 21:22-23Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE"- - Galatians 3:13 I often wonder if God's intention in this may have been to judge Saddam, judge the U.S. at the same time and move players into place in the Middle East. Whatever the case, there is definitely biblical significance to all that is happening in Iraq and all of the Middle East as meanwhile the US is building one of it's largest bases/Embassy's in all of the world right in modern day Babylon. This reportedly to be Headquarters for MEFTA, The Middle East Free Trade Agreement but we will just have to wait and see.My prayer is that this alert be thought provoking for American believers and all believers worldwide as well. Do I say we throw in the towel and just lock ourselves in the bunker and wait for the return of Christ? No, but I do say we need to follow the command of Christ and focus on making disciples rather than playing politics and trying to legislate morality. That has been and is still the only way to bring real change to the world.Last, do not take one single statement that I say, Moriel says, your pastor says, or anyone else for that matter says without checking it in the Bible. How many clich├ęs are there in America regarding voting and your 'duty' etc--- that we just take for granted as being truth that we never really bothered to see what the scripture really declares? I say that from experience as I have made that mistake so many times myself. Look it up in the Word of God before you except it. Test it with scripture before you believe it. The church needs to do that first before any change or revival comes.

BE/\LERT!Scott Brisk

IOWA RESULTS: Obama 35.21; Edwards 31.08; Clinton 30.78Huckabee 35; Romney 23; Thompson 14; McCain 12

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