I agree with this. The closer I become to the Lord God, the less active I have become in politics and the less passionate about them. No longer do politics even phase me.
Originally Posted by Joey Porter
Having said that, I still believe that it is reasonable and good for believers to try and protect the innocent through passing laws. I find nothing in scripture where God desired government to be left only to evil men.
The problem is that many in the religious right seem to think that government should be a means to control folks and to further the kingdom of God and that is dangerous thinking! We don't need government to endorse God, or prayer, or the bible, etc. Even in the example God gave us with Israel, God kept the kings and priest separate. Only a very few men were prophets and kings, one being David and another Solomon. Only Jesus himself will be prophet, priest and king.
So when we try to legislate Christianity, we fall into a trap that was not meant for us to be in. If we examine scriptures closely, we see a common theme when religion and politics are combined. The first such occurrence is with the tower of Babel. There, man thought to build himself a tower to heaven and it was the first place in scripture where the word "kingdom" was used. Another example is Nebechadnezzar. He built a statue that was 60 cubits high, 6 cubits wide, and commanded all to worship when 6 instruments were played. (Do those numbers ring a bell?) What's interesting about that, is when he realized that the God of the three hebrew children was the real God, he then forced his nation to worship God. In effect he said if you don't worship God, I'll kill you. He didn't change his ways at all. He just had a mental revelation of who God was. The point? He still didn't get how to govern. Later, God humbled him and he repented.
Let us not combine the priesthood and the kingdom. That doesn't mean we are not to try and protect the innocent from being killed or that we should as a society, ignore the plight of the poor. But it does mean that we don't have to push for prayer in public places, or having the bible read in court or school, etc.
"May the Lamb that was slain receive the just reward for His sufferings." A quote by Moravian missionary that sold himself (along with a friend) into slavery to reach those that the slave owner prevented from hearing the gospel.
May I live for Him and not for me.