A Question for the Clergy..

 

I have been called a radical (among many other things).  I have no fear asking the hard questions or taking the road least traveled.  And at times I delve into the “illusion of hope” that mankind will get on their knees and pray that our almighty God will heal our land.  That being said knowing where my faith lies, I have a question for the clergy.   This isn’t easy.  And I ask this, knowing I’m taking a risk that this patriot will face retribution by my patriotic brothers and sisters, as well as my enemies.  But that’s me. 

All my life, from child to adulthood, I was told by every leader of the church I sat under that we couldn’t pick and choose verse and chapter to fit our lives. The Bible was to be taken as a whole, not like a slice of pie.  Take for example Mark 11:24-25.  Jesus tells us to believe we receive when we pray.  That’s great.  But verse 25 goes with it.  In that verse, Jesus is telling us to forgive.  In other words, if you don’t forgive, you won’t receive. 

 The same scenario could be said of a contract, like my parents farm.  When I sign the papers, I sign for everything including payment, interest, deed, etc.  I become responsible for all parts that encompass the purchase.  I don’t get the farm without a promise of payment and upkeep.  And if I don’t make the payment, I don’t keep the land, etc.

So my question is couldn’t the same be said for an agenda, especially a political agenda?  If I have Republican beside my name, it means that I believe in the Republican values.  If I have Democrat beside my name, it means that I believe in the Democratic values, right? 

Well, what about the Democrats?  They’ve proven by their actions how wrong they are for America.  Actions like 1) redistributing wealth – rob Peter to pay Paul by heavy taxation; 2) forcing universal healthcare down the throats of its citizens when only a minority wanted it; 3) ignoring the Constitution; 4) removing prayer in school and public properties; 5) forcing legislation via the courts that would never make it through Congress; 6) desiring to make us live in a nanny state from cradle to grave; 7) defending a woman’s right to choose life for her fetus or kill it (which we will pay for in the atrocious so-called healthcare reform legislation), and so on.

I am earnestly seeking God to help me see why on earth  a Pastor or deacon would run as a Democrat when the party has those values.  If you know the answer, please reply.  It’s no wonder the world looks at those of us who call ourselves Christians and says  “no thank you”. 

It is God who grants us life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Not government. In my Bible, if you take a life, no matter what stage it’s in, it’s wrong .    It’s a direct contradiction to the Ten Commandments. Who are we to choose life or death?

At the end of the day, just like you can’t pick and choose verse and chapter, you can’t pick and choose agenda.  It all sticks, Republican or Democrat.  Right or wrong.

As I anxiously wait for an explanation, I will leave you with a prayer:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

Patrick

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4 Responses to A Question for the Clergy..

  1. I am told one of the conservative commissioner candidates was approached by a lady from St Luke’s United Methodist Church right after the Herald Forum on Thursday night. She reportedly told him, “…the one thing that disturbs me about you is…too much Jesus Christ….” He claims to have told her he knows the Pastor from that church and quite a few of the congregants there, and that he was pretty sure those folks would not agree with her; that one cannot possibly have too much Jesus Christ.

    Could it be many of our evangelical Christians have become so numbed to worldly behaviors they can rationalize worshiping every Sunday, while still supporting abortion, Godless schools, homosexual relationships, and the dissolution of the biblical family? It appears to be the case. Even a number of Republicans fall into that category.

    The Bible clearly tells us there is no middle ground. Speaking to Judas in John 14:24-25, “Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”

    Great post Patrick!

    Publius

  2. Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee says:

    And the answer to that question is contained in the response to Gideon (start around Ju 6:12). Gideon (or Pastors) are complaining about the Midianites stealing from them and saying that the Lord had abandoned them. The Angel of the Lord said “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” But the Pastors said “O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Then they started complaining (yes I know it was Gideon and not the pastors in the Bible, but you get my point). And the Lord said “Go in this your strength and deliver (your county) Israel from the hand of Midian.”

    They complained- the Lord did not answer their complaints- He said go change it. But it is easier to complain and make excuses- My feet hurt, I don’t have a car, it is not a good time, not today, fix it for me, it is easier not to stand up for what is right, and ________ put your own excuse or complaint in the blank space.

    Sad to say many Pastors are career minded and not Kingdom minded. It is easier to not rock the boat or rock the vote. It is too hard for them to GO IN THEIR OWN POWER AND CHANGE THE WORLD.

    But hey, one person can make a difference. And God and one is a majority. Come help us change the world.

  3. James Wilson says:

    In Part, Matthew 28:19 reads “…go out and make disciples…” This is perhaps the most difficult commandment given in the Bible. While we need fellowship and worship for our own strength and growth, it becomes all too easy to collectively bury our heads in the sand together and only share the gospels with each other.

    By the grace of God we have been given the truth, a moral compass driven by our Biblical principles, perhaps through divine intervention in our Sunday school classes or perhaps through prayer and meditation, and we also know that “to whom much was given, of him much will be required” Luke 12:48. Compounding the issue is the fact that we live in a country and time period that demands integrity in our presentations of Biblical truths. Are we really charged to do this without passing judgment? Yes.

    My own proclivities to judge impulsively have made me a serial offender in attacking democrats for this very reason. This is fueled by the anger and frustration that I feel when they call themselves Christian in their words and actions. We need to take care of our own kind, and we are not. A pro-choice Christian has been misled; a Christian doing many of the things Patrick Henry cited has been misled. They need our help to return and know God’s truth. Christians have accepted Christ and are our brothers and sisters in him, and I am constantly praying to be reminded of that when I see them as opposition.

    What I see as the short answer to your question of how a pastor or deacon could run as a democrat given the stated issues is that they are grossly uninformed or misled from scriptures. Long ago, I learned that I have to abandon the image of Satan as an aggressive evil hateful looking entity. He is far more frightening than that because he is hidden among us. If he makes us do a good deed, appeals to our sense of altruism, but makes us think we don’t need to follow God’s word or need him to be saved, he wins and is completely successful.

    There are a lot of misled Christians out there that need our help, and my prayer tonight will not be for a lighter load to bear, but for a stronger back.

    To clarify, I am not a member of clergy, but I did study theology as an undergraduate and have a BA in Christian Education. I just feel, like you do, strongly about this issue and appreciate the opportunity to contribute. Your post was very well written and thought provoking.

    On an unrelated note, I think names I have posted under before were taken and I’m sorry if I posted using another users name so I will now post as Founding Father James Wilson.

    James Wilson
    Signer of the Constitution
    Signer of the Declaration of Independence
    Supreme Court Justice
    Believed Civil Law must be based on Divine Law

  4. Patrick Henry says:

    Thank you for the kind words, Mr. Wilson. I have been bothered by this subject for quite some time. Almost, and at times, to the point of losing sleep. How can I be a believable example for the world if those that call themselves Pastors, Elders and deacons don’t live up to the calling? I realize I am treading in waters so deep. I do not mean to condemn for it is not my place. But the truth must be shown. And as you are probably painfully aware, the truth hurts. But it also heals.

    I fear, that in this time in history, where we need to turn our hearts to the very one that can save America, we will be unable to secure America’s future, if we, those who call ourselves Christians, do not live by example. America’s past began with the church. And America’s future depends on it too.

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