SPIRITUAL/POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE WELFARE OF OUR NATION IS APPROPRIATE
At a time when Israel was being overrun and on the verge of being overcome by wicked people, God said, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezek. 22:30). Here’s a simple question: What kind of man, from where, was God looking for in someone to “make up the hedge, and stand in the gap” for Him “for the land?” Do you think He was looking for an unbeliever from among the heathen or for someone of faith from among His own people? (This isn’t a “trick” question). “Standing in the gap” here is, I think, a primary reference to intercessory prayer. But I think that sincere prayer is always accompanied by action being taken when action is possible. With this said, I think there are secondary, yet very significant ways that Christians can “stand in the gap” today for the sake of religious freedom in America.
British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” A lesser known quotation of his that expresses an equally important and supplemental truth is, “When bad men combine, good men must organize.” — There’s some warning and instruction in both of these quotations that those who care about the future of this country need to be hear.
Organized, active, violent, relentless and bold evil is at present steadily, relentlessly and ruthlessly seeking to overwhelm America. “Bad men” have “combined,” and they must be resisted by good people who will combine in different non-violent ways, to "stand in the gap" for our country whenever and wherever possible. Some examples might be found in pastors and other patriotic Christians, military veterans, members of gun clubs, anti-abortion activists, people who were formerly or are currently involved in Tea Party or similar organizations, etc.
Concerted efforts online and on the street, etc. involving large numbers of people need to be made, (1) to express opposition to draconian and obviously discriminatory "mandates" that are hostile to religious freedom, and (2) to express support of law enforcement, etc. Appeals need to be made to family and friends in law enforcement and in the military; appeals that remind these family and friends that they have sworn an oath to uphold and defend our Constitution and our country against all enemies foreign or domestic; urging them not to obey rogue political officials in the enforcement of decrees that violate the basic rights of citizens. Military and law enforcement friends and relatives also need to be reminded that right now our enemies are "domestic" in nature, as is being demonstrated by the Marxists activity of BLM and ANTIFA types in our streets and by Democrat politicians who are undeniably in league with them.
Selfless, committed leadership, including pastors, needs to step forward and start recruiting people to join groups all across our nation to "stand in the gap" for God and country with a public presence. This needs to start happening more and more and very quickly. Announcements and invitations to this end should be made in churches and wherever organizations such as those mentioned above meet. People need to be getting onto the streets in small or great numbers, showing their non-support of the godless communist element that is now dominating the public square and the public eye. Christians need to being doing this while praying fervently and seizing every opportunity to bear witness to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Democrat party, and RINO Repuublican government has become more and more corrupt, treasonous and adverse to individual freedom and the rule of law under the United States Constitution. Simultaneously, government hostility towards Christianity in America, accelerated by the Democrat Party, is being blatantly demonstrated every day. All this is seen in the draconian “mandates” of city mayors and council members, state officials, Congressmen, and in the rulings of rogue judges in higher and lower courts, etc. in terms of “masking,” “social distancing,” “self quarantine,” etc., etc. Every day more cases are reported (and many more are unreported) of innocent, law abiding citizens being unlawfully arrested, subjected to house arrest, forced to wear ankle bracelets, have their firearms confiscated — the list of government abuse goes on and on and on. In the meantime thefts, arsons, rapes, and all kinds of mayhem and murder are escalating; perpetrated blatantly and at will by thousands of violent criminals who are unchallenged and aided and abetted by government officials who are almost totally Democrats.
The question is posed in Psalm 11:3: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” America's foundations (particularly our Christian ones) are being destroyed at breakneck speed. What can we do about it? The answer is, “Quite a lot — if we will get to doing what we can with what we have while we can still do something. Christians need to, when and where they can, be first and foremost among those who will "stand in the gap" with spiritual leadership, for God and our land. There is Scriptural authority for this in that the “higher powers” and “powers that be" referenced in Romans 13:1-7 is, for Americans, the Constitution of the United States. Political office holders are only human agents, subject themselves to our Constitution, who are entrusted with conducting the affairs of government in accord with our Constitution. For them to deviate from or otherwise violate the supreme rule for law and order puts them outside the law and makes them by definition, common outlaws who need to be prosecuted, sentenced and punished for their crimes.
Scriptural authority for the involvement of God’s people in national affairs is illustrated in both the Old and the New Testaments. Just as God entrusted His people with a definite responsibility for the wellbeing of the nation of Israel, He has entrusted His people with a definite responsibility for the wellbeing of our nation. Precedent for spiritual/political involvement is also found throughout our nation’s history; most particularly in the actions taken by our preacher forefathers; not just from their pulpits, but in public ways as well. It’s hard to understand what Christian people find hard to understand about this.