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03 November, 2008 / theexpositor

John MacArthur-Christians and Politics

There was a time (in the days of our Puritan forefathers), when almost every soul in America acknowledged the Ten Commandments as the cornerstone of ethics and morality. Today most Americans can’t even name three of the Ten.

There was also a time (not so long ago) when Americans universally disapproved of homosexuality, adultery, and divorce; they believed sexual promiscuity is absolutely wrong; they regarded obscene language as inappropriate; they saw abortion as unthinkable; and they held public officials to high moral and ethical standards. Nowadays, most of the behavior society once deemed immoral is defended as an inalienable civil right.

How times and the culture have changed! The strong Christian influence and scriptural standards that shaped Western culture and American society through the end of the nineteenth century have given way to practical atheism and moral relativism. The few vestiges of Christianity in our culture are at best weak and compromising, and to an increasingly pagan society they are cultic and bizarre.

In less than fifty years’ time, our nation’s political leaders, legislative bodies, and courts have adopted a distinctly anti-Christian attitude and agenda. The country has swept away the Christian worldview and its principles in the name of equal rights, political correctness, tolerance, and strict separation of church and state. Gross immorality—including homosexuality, abortion, pornography, and other evils—has been sanctioned not only by society in general but in effect by the government as well. A portion of our tax dollars are now used to fund programs and government agencies that actively engage in blatant advocacy of various immoral practices.

What are Christians to do about it?

Many think this is a political problem that will not be solved without a political strategy. During the past twenty-five years, well-meaning Christians have founded a number of evangelical activist organizations and sunk millions of dollars into them in an effort to use the apparatus of politics—lobbying, legislation, demonstration, and boycott—to counteract the moral decline of American culture. They pour their energy and other resources into efforts to drum up a “Christian” political movement that will fight back against the prevailing anti-Christian culture.

But is that a proper perspective? I believe not. America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem, not a political one, and its solution is the gospel, not partisan politics.


One Comment

  1. X Sooite / Nov 18 2008 21 56


    first I want to encourage you to keep writing and thinking….

    second there may have been a time when American’s disapproved of abortion, homosexuality and porn (and they should be), but at the same time I have my doubts of the ‘good ole’ days’. We were already up to no good….and approving such dastardly deeds in the name of the American Way of Life. I think that for too long we believers have confused the two Kingdoms…

    At the very same time that American was supposed to have held such values (ie against homosexuality, porn etc) America was undermining democracies, assassinating foreign leaders, invading and disposing of foreign lands in the name of ‘freedom and democracy’ when in reality it was to prop up the american economy (ie supporting corporations and national interests (of course us conservatives like to ignore these things or ‘claim them to be ‘liberal bias’ to excuse them). The bible says the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. How true. Instead of lamenting what was or wasn’t we need to keep our eyes open to the diverse sins of the nation and address them head on. What happens in the highest levels of gov’t I think is a reflection of what is already going on in contemporary culture.

    Therefore unless we open our eyes to evil on all levels as you noted (a proper perspective not partisan politics) which means we have to move away from liberal vs conservative filter back to how things should be viewed (Christ-like worldview) Therefore proper discipleship and thinking skills MUST be developed at the personal scale that may properly effect and salt culture at large (-:

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