Just last night my wife and I were at some friends’ house playing Settler’s of Catan. We usually listen to music while we are playing games. At one point, I asked, "Is this Steve Camp?" My friend said, "Yeah, you bought this for me." I said, "I remember." It was some good old stuff like Fire and Ice and Living in Laodicea.
So today, I stumble across Steve Camp’s blog and read about his thoughts on the Manhattan Declaration. I really hesitate at posting on matters of politics, but his views pretty much sum up how I feel about the situation. He provides a balanced look at the situation, but comes down on the side of the gospel being the mission of the church, not changing the USA through politics. Read about his thoughts here.
This leads into another subject that I will be posting about more and more frequently as the coming of Christ gets nearer. How would the church react if the great tribulation were to somehow miraculously break onto the scene in the next week? I’m sure there would be many Christians who would step forward and lay down their lives for the sake of the gospel. But what if our religious freedoms were taken away one at a time? Would we lay down our religious freedoms for the sake of the gospel? Or would we spend all our time and effort trying to get our religious freedoms back? I’m thinking ahead to the future. We don’t know what will happen, but it’s safe to surmise that it will be more diffucult to be a Christian in the years to come. But what if it doesn’t get really bad all at once? What if just a little by little, our religious freedoms are stripped away one by one? Will our focus be changed from preaching the gospel? Or will we keep our eyes on the goal of preaching the gospel to every creature? It seems like the Manhattan Declaration is a test to see where people stand.
I don’t intend to get into the political arena or criticize where people stand on religious-political activity. My goal will be to warn Christians to keep their eyes focused on Christ and on preaching the gospel message. Don’t give less than the gospel, as in, don’t leave anything out. But don’t add to it either. Don’t make it about changing (or maintaining) the laws of the United States of America when it’s about Christ transforming lives through the power of the cross.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
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