I’m receiving more and more emails about Dr. Falwell’s outspoken support of the GOP despite the blatant compromises his position involves. Such blind allegiance summarizes what is wrong in America. It again shows the church-state struggle in our nation to be in direct continuity with the false theological traditions already identified on this website. The newspapers favoring the present neocon regime, and many powerful influences within the so-called “conservative” movement, reemphasize the latent power for political change I called for in my latest book, Why I Stopped Listening to Rush.
Be not deceived: The government will respond with even more severe legislation than the Patriot Act as the forces of liberty expose the ideological nationalism so rampant in our churches and society at large. Don’t be surprised if one day you are compelled to answer questions about the nature of your allegiance to both state and church as never before, with forced military conscription and increased imperialism in the offing if Dr. Falwell and the New Right have their way and Mr. Bush is reelected.
It is this pragmatic approach to politics among conservative evangelicals that makes the debate over church-state doctrine so relevant today. While recognizing the state as a God-given institution to combat evil and preserve justice, the church must also affirm the need to preserve the state from chaos and political absolutism. If the church fails in this prophetic responsibility it will once again find itself allowing political ideology to influence its theological findings. Chuck Baldwin’s words on the abject failure of the GOP to stand for biblical truth seem appropriate here:
… if President Bush is reelected in November, it is almost certain that he
would re-institute the military draft and would even become the first
President in U.S. history to draft America’s
daughters. In addition, Mr. Bush would, in all likelihood, appoint
pro-abortion justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and would continue his
unconstitutional, imperialistic propensities to unilaterally invade
foreign countries without a declaration of war from Congress.
As Chuck points out, the time has come to expose Falwell-Speak for what it is: compromise with evil. The writings of men like Chuck constitute, if you will, a status confessionis similar to the Barmen Declaration issued by the Confessing Church in Nazi-ruled Germany. That declaration said, in no uncertain terms, that the lordship of Jesus Christ ruled out loyalty to the “Leader.” The one Word of God had to be defended at all costs, in life and in death.
My appeal today is less a confession than a call to prayer – that God in His great mercy might replace the present structures of compromise with ones that are holy and just and remove from power those who persist in defying His laws, installing in their place leaders who will govern with justice and fidelity.
And to those who advise compromise and pragmatism this election year, I say:
August 31, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. His latest book is Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon.