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Politics. Defilement.

posted Oct 15, 2012, 12:05 PM by David Gerhart   [ updated Oct 15, 2012, 12:08 PM ]
How much does conflict distract us from God?  

Many self-identifying Christians wear their religion at intervals -- Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings...  The remainder of the week, they are indistinguishable, for the most part from average folks in our culture.  

Enter a political genius who realizes that mobs of "believers" can be politically mobilized (to the advantage of "conservative" interests) under a theme advancing moral issues.   After a few years of demonizing people of "lesser faith" or unbelievers in particular -- the politics becomes "us versus them."

Militant Social Activism under the banner of Christianity is not biblical.   Simply, and plainly.

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.  Yes this is what the Lord Almighty the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets and diviners among you decieve you.  Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.  They are prophesying lies to you in my name, I have not sent them, declares the Lord."  Jer. 29:7-9

If one believes that God anoints leaders, one need not be despoiled by contacting the world in the realm of politics.  Commonly though, believers are mislead by Church Leadership.  The unknowing follow down a slippery slope of assumptions, thinly supported by misuse of scripture.

Jeremiah's words give an exact command and warning.  How is it that so many ignore the warning and invent what they want to hear?!

Jesus talks about these kinds of believers as well, that is: Christians who would put their own words and agenda before brothers as the word of God:

"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.   For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." Mat 12:35.

Slander, fomenting rebellion, relaying lies and gossip?  How could these be of God?

When we willingly receive vicious words, taking them into our thinking, resting our thoughts on hateful things -- we are defiled.  We stumble others when we convey these sentiments.  Oh, Brothers!  Beware!