WHERE THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT GOES WRONG
Our Lord said, “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). It seems that many Christian patriots and political activists have either forgotten or are ignoring this. Why? Because so many seem to have their priorities out of place, in that they will give attention to patriotic events or activities above their duty to “the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Simple honesty and common sense should inform Christians that these things, as important as they may be, should never be allowed to take priority over their observance of the Sabbath and their being in the house of God at appointed times (Heb. 10:25).
When Christians have their priorities wrong, it is an exercise in futility for them to expect God’s blessings on anything they do. God will not deliver people from evil who refuse to do what is good in His sight (Rom. 12:21; James 4:17). Christians and all others who leave God out of the equation where any aspect of life is concerned are simply militating against themselves, spinning their wheels, beating the air, running around in circles, whistling in the wind, chasing their tails, etc. God has told us in His Word that “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing” and, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (John 6:63; 2 Cor. 3:17).
The Tea Party movement, which had so much potential, never became anything more than a tempest that never get out of its teapot. Why? Because God wasn’t prioritized appropriately by those involved in the Tea Party movement. The same will always be true of patriotic efforts when God, His will and His Word, are slighted and ignored in order to accommodate or participate in patriotic functions.
I am thankful for every Christian who is, in some way, resisting political tyranny today. But as humbly and sincerely as I can I will reiterate something Jesus once said to people who obviously had a serious problem with their priorities; He rebuked them because they had “omitted weightier matters” in their zeal for "other matters" (Matt.23:23). The Apostle Paul warns us not to be people who have “zeal,” but “not according to knowledge” (Rom. 10:2). I have recently had to be reminded of this and do some “realigning” in my own life.
The cause of right is never served by doing wrong. No one has ever had a better strategy for anything than the One who said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then alll these things will be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33). Our nation would never have come into existence if Christians hadn't realized this and acted accordingly, and it cannot survive, no matter how ardent the patriotic effort, unless Christians let this truth get a grip on them today. (Please share this if you can).