Christians Must Choose Whether They Will Serve God or the State
As the biblical and constitutional crisis in our nation deepens day by day, there is a desperate need for the church to return to the Bible and the Constitution as the foundational documents of our society. But to say that the church must now take sides unequivocally and consistently with the Scriptures and the Constitution is to overlook the fact that many Christians in America have already done so. These include men like Chuck Baldwin of Chuck Baldwin Live and Michael Peroutka of the Institute on the Constitution and women like Debbie Hopper of the National Coalition to Restore the Constitution and Devvy Kidd of the We the People Foundation.
As far as the present crisis is concerned, there is only one way forward, and that is for those who find themselves on the side of unconstitutional government or who are sitting on the fence to cross over to the other side to be united in faith and action with those who have taken a stand for the biblical and republican ideals upon which our nation was founded. Christians, if they are not doing so already, must quite simply make a choice to participate in the struggle to honor God, defend the family, and restore the Republic.
Moreover, the campaigns of people who are in this fight need to be supported and encouraged by the churches. The evil forces of secularism and humanism must be named. We know these evil forces are at work in America. Repentance from state-worship must also be named. It is repentance for our share of the guilt for a government that increasingly tramples on biblical and constitutional principles.
Much of what we do in our churches has lost its relevance in society. Our services and ministries have been appropriated to serve the needs of the individual for comfort and security. Now these same activities must be reappropriated to serve the real needs of all Americans and to further constitutional government.
Above all, the church must not collaborate with tyranny. It cannot or should not do anything that appears to give legitimacy to unconstitutional policies. The church should not only pray for a change of policies, it should also mobilize its members in every section of the country to begin to think and work and plan for a government that is submissive to the Constitution.
As long as people look to the church for moral guidance, churches must make their stand absolutely clear and never tire of explaining and dialoging about it. They must help people to understand their rights and duties as citizens. There must be no wavering or misunderstanding about the moral duty of all Christians to oppose the murder of innocent lives. The church must appeal to the consciences of those who act thoughtlessly and irresponsibly.
I call upon all who bear the name Christian to accept responsibility for acting and living out their Christian faith in these circumstances. I pray that God will help all of us to translate the challenge of our times into action. I am convinced that the challenge to socialistic and unconstitutional policies being posed by patriots like Chuck Baldwin and Michael Peroutka comes from God and that it is addressed to all of usóRepublican, Democrat, or Third Party. I therefore call upon my Christian brothers and sisters throughout America to wake up and to think and act biblically and constitutionally, with hope and confidence.
May God bless each of you.
February 27, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. His latest book, Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon, will be released this year.