Thoughts on the Affairs of State
The following is an article written by Bro. James Knox in Deland, Florida.
While we are not in a position to know any more of God’s ways than what He reveals in His word, we can learn from the Bible certain truths which apply to all situations. First, He has promised His presence and grace at all times. Second, He has not promised to exempt us from trials and troubles in this life. Third, the evil ways of man bring trouble upon families and nations, and these troubles affect the righteous as well as the wicked.
We have always refrained from political involvement and have always ignored those who claim to be prophets. No one living knows the future of America, beyond the general truths of scripture which can be applied to all nations. I have been told by well-meaning saints that there will never be another election in the U.S. I was told that in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. I was told that both Bushes, and a Clinton were the end of all our freedoms. I was told about Y2K and, well, you get the picture. It was all nonsense from false prophets (which did not cost them followers).
It is obvious that things are changing rapidly in our nation but they are not changing direction. The ungodly and unscriptural path we have been traveling has simply grown steeper and our descent appears to have grown more rapid. What are we to do?
First: Admit that when Christians stopped trying to win souls and became involved in politics (1980 forward) that instead of turning the country back to God they hastened its ruin. If you are getting people to vote conservative instead of getting them saved, you are destroying the future of your land. Second: Repent of thinking that more political involvement is going to save our nation. More souls being saved, will result in more people doing what is right, which will be the only hope of saving this or any land from destruction. Third: Get as interested in your Bible as you are in political web sites. Get as interested in preachers as you are in commentators. Get more worried about the fires of hell than the speeches of our president.
That having been said, our people are really hurting because of the current economic downturn. Many, many of our brothers and sisters need steady work. Please pray fervently for their employment. The residual effect of this circumstance is that most churches are really hurting financially. Thank the Lord we have followed a debt-free path. This means that though our offerings are way down from just a year ago, we have not had to cut any funding to our missionaries or drop any outreach for Jesus. But times may get worse. Brothers and sisters, we must learn to pray, we must learn to live humbly rather than lustfully, and those in debt must get out as quickly as possible. This goes for churches as well as individuals.
I too would like to see America become a great, godly, Christian land. But unsaved politicians are not going to accomplish that – only saved people winning others to Jesus could ever bring about the results for which we hope.
Here is a verse that has been mis-quoted a million times in reference to the USA. 2 Chronicles 7:14, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Here is the verse which matches it, that is seldom, if ever, heard. Jeremiah 23:21-22, I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
Let us break free of politics and devote ourselves once again to the Lord Jesus Christ and the conversion of sinners. That is the work God has given to His church.