How must we respond? There is no better place to start our thinking, conversations, and action plans moving forward than on the sure foundation of a clearly stated, biblically based theology.
First, a definition of “theology” from Webster’s Dictionary.
“The science of God or of religion; the science which treats of the existence, character, and attributes of God, His laws and government, the doctrines we are to believe, and the duties we are to practice; divinity; (as more commonly understood) the knowledge derivable from the Scriptures, the systematic exhibition of revealed truth, the science of Christian faith and life.”
My goal is not to argue for good theology, that is assumed. My goal is to encourage you to think from theology to application and implication. In other words, what are the moral responsibilities of understanding the character and nature of God?
The late R.C. Sproul rightly observed:
“We live in what may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization...We must have passion — indeed hearts on fire for the things of God. But that passion must resist with intensity the anti-intellectual spirit of the world.” (RC Sproul).
Our day is marked by the near total annihilation of any truth out of step with government, media, and educational institutions. Sproul called it anti-intellectualism. We can rightly and accurately call this the spirit of antichrist; that spirit which sets itself against all things of God.
The prophet Isaiah provides my springboard into my first Scripture reference within the overall theme of the necessity of a biblical theology.
Isaiah 33:22 says, “For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; He will save us.”
A proper theology is foundational to our work of building a cancel-proof Christianity. We must start with acknowledging the truth of the Scriptures which oppose the proud proclamations of a pagan world increasingly under the grip of the demonic. A proper theology is foundational to our work of building a cancel-proof Christianity. God is the true judge, lawgiver, and king.
This fact is demonstrated by Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
I have stated on many occasions that there is no political solution to our dilemma if God is not in it. We will labor in vain if we do not submit ourselves to the authority of God and ask for His divine hand to be hard upon us.
We have watched the evildoers in our day deliberately apply their influence, wealth, and energy to destroy America. The path forward must be traveled at the side of our great God and Father, asking Him to lead us in this endeavor.
We must move forward under the banner of our King Jesus, not under any banner of political persuasion or affiliation. We must come together united in this purpose of strengthening the body of Christ and of creating a united front that cannot be destroyed.
A proper theology is key to our effort because from a proper theology flows proper knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and of course, application. In short, learning, teaching, and modeling a true theology is of primary importance and should be our focus.
Theology is, as I have stated, the study of God, His nature and characteristics. Following from that then, we may say that our theology must have practical applications for all of life. As this relates to our efforts to create a cancel-proof Christianity, I will highlight several truths that have immediate bearing upon our cultural context and which provide a clear roadmap forward.
The Isaiah 33 passage I shared earlier states that God is the Supreme judge, lawgiver, and king. This speaks to the judicial, legislative, and executive foundation of all true God-given government.
He is such over all His creation. We are commanded in Scripture to acknowledge Him in all our ways and that certainly includes as Judge, Lawgiver, and King.
Yet, we have a Supreme Court comprised of nine unelected, but certainly hand-picked, judges, what some have called black-robed tyrants, lording it over us; creating out of whole cloth fanciful edicts that directly violate God’s Word.
God is the supreme judge AND lawgiver. In our system of government, the Supreme Court is not authorized to create law. Yet that is exactly what they want us to believe – that their edicts carry the force of established law and overrides any actual laws passed by the federal legislature or any of the state legislatures.
This is a direct assault upon our rights, freedoms, and liberties. The Founding Father’s rightly asserted that our rights are God-given not given or able to lawfully be withheld by governments.
The primary function of government is to protect our God-given rights. The brilliance of the Founding Fathers preserved this truth for us with these words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Yet, we have a government that is systematically and with great aggressiveness destroying our God-given rights.
The Constitution was created by “We the People” to constrain government.
Yet, we have become the constrained at the hands of wicked people.
Governments at every level are servants of the people, not our masters. And yet, our governments demand our subservience to them even at the threat of punishment for non-compliance.
All of this speaks to a proper understanding of Romans 13 where governments are established by God as ministers of good for His people. Our government is under the Constitution as it is the governing authority.
Now, in the time I have remaining I want to focus on one more aspect of God’s character – that one aspect is that He is just and is interested in justice for all people.
Micah 6:8 says, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
I want to focus on justice as God defines it.
For justice to be realized by all, at least two things are necessary foundationally: there must be a standard or system of justice available to all that is objective, that is beyond the frailties and double-mindedness of men, and that all parties interested in justice for all must recognize as guiding principles for determining when justice has been exhibited. In other words there must be law and the rule of law must prevail over all well-intentioned and/or misguided arguments based on emotions, feelings, or the ideology-du-jour.
In order for true justice to prevail and guide any people in their shared lives, justice must be impartial, proportionally related to behavior so that each individual receives his or her due, whether that due is reward or punishment. This must be in accord with the objective standard agreed upon as the guiding principles.
America was founded upon Christian principles. Therefore, God’s moral law has undergirded the guiding principles of this republic even before the American Revolution. The Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of English settlers to America makes this clear. The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights follow suite in recognizing the God of the Christian Bible as Creator, Sustainer, Lord, and Law Giver. His immutable and timeless law is recognized as the foundation for America’s laws.
John Locke said, “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” President John F. Kennedy recognized that truth when he stated during his inaugural address that: “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”
Sir William Blackstone, the acclaimed English jurist and scholar of jurisprudence, wrote that:
“Man ... must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator…This will of his Maker is called the law of nature...This law of nature...is of course superior to any other...No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them as are valid derive all their force...from this original.”
Additionally, justice has many different applications and therefore must be understood within several different contexts, among them: commercial, vindictive, retributive, punitive, and remedial justice. Commercial justice defines voluntary relationships, while vindictive, retributive, punitive, and remedial justice defines involuntary relationships.
Theologian and Philosopher Cal Beisner offers this explanation:
“Commercial justice requires that if we desire what another has, we must offer something he prefers in exchange for it, not acquire it by force or fraud – whether directly (picking his pocket) or indirectly (using a law to take from him and give to ourselves or others). Violations of commercial justice by fraud, theft, or violence bring punitive and vindictive justice into play as correctives.
“When one person violates another’s rights (which are defined by justice), the injury is to be redressed by vindictive, retributive, and punitive justice. Vindictive justice judges the victim right in his cause (1 Kings 8:32; Deuteronomy 25:1). Retributive justice (from the Latin re, or “back,” and tribuere, “to pay”) requires the offender to restore the victim to his status before the offense (Exodus 22:1-15). Punitive justice applies a penalty to the offender as punishment for violating the law (Romans 13:4). In crimes against property (theft or destruction), punitive and retributive justice combine in the offender’s restoring what was taken or destroyed (retribution, also called restitution) plus some additional amount (punishment).
“Sometimes someone harms another accidently. Then, remedial justice requires the one who caused the harm to share the cost equally with the victim (Exodus 21:35) but adds no penalty. But if he is negligent, he must be punished by bearing the whole loss (Exodus 21:33-34, 36), restoring the victim fully to his former state at his own expense.”
In the current climate of identity politics, gender dysphoria, and Marxian and Critical Theories run amok, these requirements for justice appear to be out of reach. That leaves us with a bare naked power grab by certain people, or cast in Darwinian terms, a fight for the survival of the strongest, where might makes right. In America today that means political power financed by globalists who espouse anti-American ideologies and anti-Christian bigotry.
The ability to force people to comply with mandates against their wishes and for the alleged “common good” has defined tyranny throughout the ages. Sadly, much of the American Protestant church has been deceived and is supporting the multi-pronged Luciferian lunacy of the leftists and other assorted God haters.
Founding Father John Adams was right when he wrote in a letter to the Massachusetts Third Division in 1798, that:
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
A God-honoring government can only be sustained by a Godly, moral people who elect Godly-moral servants to represent them. Benjamin Franklin famously quipped when asked what kind of government the convention had agreed to said this: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Without God’s law in our hearts and minds we will fail to preserve this nation.
Moral laziness leads to civic indifference and that leads to the rise of evil, opportunistic, narcissists masquerading as public servants.
When wicked people have control over the mechanisms of government they will dismantle and remove every vestige of Godly moral standards. They will remove all teaching of our Christian heritage and history from our collective memory.
There is no compromise with evil. Appeasement is the first step in apostasy. A little leaven leavens the whole loaf.
Spending all of our time, energy, and resources treating the symptoms of our troubles without addressing the origins or causes of the symptoms is ineffective and is an immoral waste of the responsibility, authority, and power that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is time friends, to build a cancel-proof Christianity starting with our methods of education.
Then, we must take the Gospel to the streets. Mobilize for action. Preach the everlasting truth of God as judge, lawgiver, and king.
Jesus gave us our assignments in Luke 4:18-19.
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Here is a quote from an article I read recently that reorients our thinking.
“The Church is not primarily a hospital; it is an army. Although armies do have medical units, they are for the purpose of getting the soldiers healed so they can go back to the battlefield and destroy the enemy. The focus is not the medical unit. The focus is on winning the war. We are in a spiritual war! We do not have time to sit around and play church like children play war games. We need to rise up in faith, be the church, and destroy the works of darkness in Jesus’ name!”
Our assignment is to reestablish God’s rule upon the earth in the minds and hearts of people. That will happen as we rescue the perishing by preaching the Gospel to the poor is spirit, those who are separated from God by unbelief. We will then by the power of God release the captives from Satan’s stronghold, setting everyone free who believes in Jesus.
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