Why Politics?

Greetings,

This is an article that I posted in my forum, Liberty’s Light. I pray that it will be able to have an impact here as well.

What is important about a biblical nation?

When David saw the blasphemies of Goliath and announced his intention to fight him, he was confronted with incredulity and assertions that it was impossible. His response echoes through time. Instead of defending the “possibility” of his intention, for he knew that it was impossible, he cried out “Is there not a cause?” That was what his focus was on, for he knew that if there was a cause, there was a way in the Lord of Hosts. And now, looking at the state of the world today, I say, “Is there not a cause?” And there is a cause. When the light of liberty is dying, and those who profess to be of the bride of Christ are aiding and abetting its death by its silence, I say there is a cause. When the lies that say that the Word of God is unable to touch the very institutions that God founded, church, family, and government holds the main sway of influence in the world, I say there is a cause. When those who profess to be God’s children refuse to obey the clear commands of Scripture and stand on the inerrant nature and trustworthiness of the Word of God from its very first verse to its last in every area of life, including government, and thereby blaspheme the name of God, I say that there is a cause for us to rise up and give glory to God again. If we strive to make it known that God did institute government, and that He does have a plan for how it ought to work: that nations ought to be based utterly on the fact that government is an institution of God and not of men; that they must be free of modern sophistry and devilish philosophies; that they must do exactly what God made it to do and nothing else, then the glory of God will shine around the world and into the marches of unborn generations. Is it anything less than our duty to stand for the preservation and protection of the liberty that God loves and died for? The light of liberty must shine again!

What fundamental purpose do you have in relation to discussing a biblical nation?

For the last couple of years I have been struggling for freedom from a bondage to lust. I am now walking in victory by the grace of Christ, but it was not always that way. Up until my seventeenth birthday or thereabouts, I was a slave to rebellious pride. It took a mighty humbling by God for me to listen to the truths of Scripture and apply their life-giving principles to my life. In the process I dedicated my life to the helping of other young men to find liberty from lust, as well as other things. I discovered that political liberty is the same as righteous liberty, and I realized that my lifelong dream of starting a nation was actually included within the promise that I had made to God: and it was no idle promise. God has commanded us to be righteous, and I see no nation in this world that does not greatly choke out the liberty of God’s servants to do so. America used to be a nation that defended God’s liberty with blood and toil on its own and other nation’s soils, but it is no longer, and comfort and apathy have killed the well of its own liberty. Modern governments are a mockery of what God intended them to be, and I believe that it is the time to try changing that, or die trying (seriously: Christ Himself died to bring us liberty, how can we say that it is not a worthy cause to die for?). Even if I and the people who will help me don’t succeed, the effort, if it is a valiant one, will echo through the future and around the world to the glory of God. No matter what progress we make, if we stay on target, the world will be changed for the better. If every generation had fought for the cause of liberty as if they were starting a nation strictly based off of biblical principles, America would not be in the mess it is today. But the battle is the Lord’s, not ours, and so we can work knowing that He is on our side.

What methods do you consider important to implement for the furthering of that purpose?

A righteous banding together of believers of one mind who truly desire the furtherance of liberty, and thereby the gospel. The only way that any form of government can function efficiently is for the populace to be righteous. And so collaboration and banding together of biblically minded men and women of God is the most crucial aspect of any effort to defend liberty. Hence this forum: a very small, weak thing, but one which I hope will spark greater things.

What exact results do you look to see that will fulfill your purpose?

One thing that I realized is that the culture, economy, and society of a nation is entirely determined by the religion of the populace, the form of government, and any factors that affect the things that they need to do to survive. Such as, if there is no arable land, and there is plenty of fish, the government does not have to legislate that everybody fishes: the people will do it automatically. If it is cold, they will wear clothing that will reflect that (unless the government is extremely oppressive and they cannot afford it, in which case that would reflect the form of government). If the government does the grants and welfare, nobody else will be able to compete with it because the government is force. If the government does all the utilities, no one else will be able to, and if the government does not, a private organization must, even without being told to by the government: there is no other option. The point is that people are used to seeing governments doing certain things, and they don’t realize that the reason why private organizations are not able to do them right now is because the government is stopping them by doing them itself. So I envisage a government in which nothing is done by it except for what the Lord instituted it to do, totally relying on His wisdom, and not man’s.

Do we have the faith to stand against the world’s expectations? What are your thoughts?

With joy and peace in Christ,
Jay Lauser

7 Responses

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    • RobD,

      Thanks for the comment! I am glad you found my blog interesting. I hope that my humble efforts will continue to encourage you.

      With joy and peace in Christ,
      Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

  2. Hey, great blog…but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please :)

    • Thank you for the comment! On the sidebar at the very bottom there is a section titles ‘Tech.’ In it there is a link called ‘entries RSS.’ Click that, and you should be able to add it to your feed reader. I am honored that you want to follow my humble musings. :)

  3. Hey there…
    Have you read Greg Boyd’s thoughts on Christianity and Politics? I think he has great perspectives on how a disciple is to view politics…

    “As I repeatedly stress in The Myth of a Christian Nation, the Church is called to make every issue that touches “the public square” – issues like poverty, justice, violence, sexism, racism, sexual brokenness, etc. – our issue. And, as kingdom people, we should not be fighting one another and dividing ourselves over the question of what government should do for us about these things! Individually and collectively, our job is simply to imitate Jesus and serve those created in His image (all human beings), whatever the issues happen to be. Even more fundamentally, our job is to model for the world what a community that is overcoming these issues through the love of Christ looks like. The best thing we can do for society at large is to model an alternative, kingdom way of doing life.”

    http://www.gregboyd.org/essays/kingdom-living/trapped-in-a-constantinian-paradigm/

    http://www.gregboyd.org/essays/kingdom-living/christians-and-politics/the-bible-government-and-christian-anarchy/

    http://www.gregboyd.org/essays/kingdom-living/the-wrong-%E2%80%9Cbulls-eye-reflections-on-%E2%80%9Cthe-christian-left%E2%80%9D/

    • I took the liberty of fixing the multiple comments for you. :)

      I have not. I will check out those essays though, thanks for the links!

      Is he saying in that quote that it is not the role of Christians to be involved in politics? I am not sure I understood.

  4. No, but in essence he is saying that it is impossible to have “Christian politics” in a pluralistic world. While our own convictions and our own lifestyle should be uncompromisable, politics don’t work that way. Enforcing Christian morals (Sermon on the Mount) on non-believers by law isn’t going to work. Christian morals are not of this world, and so an encounter with the God that isn’t of this world is needed for us to be able to follow them.

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