Recently, I wrote a letter to the Naples Daily News on how our culture has suffered from spiritual decay because Christians are no longer involved in the political arena. Americans have forgotten who we are and where we have come from, and this is particularly true when it comes to the responsibility of the church, ministers and Christians in the civil arena. Until the early twentieth century, ministers such as John Mitchell Mason gave “Election Sermons” reminding Christians of their stewardship of the government that God had entrusted them with. It was also a common practice for ministers to give an “Election Sermon” at the beginning of a legislative session to preach about Biblical principles of fundamental law, inalienable rights and our republican form of government. Our Founding Fathers not only approved of this practice but participated in these “Election Sermons.” The Bible is very clear that God Himself is the Great Lawgiver and there were many Biblical heroes that were successful lawgivers, such as Moses, Joseph, Daniel and many others. Christians and the church need to break the spell of complacent apathy and once again engage the political arena in defending our religious liberties.
Letter: Politics and God
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Thomas Hughes, Naples
Politics and God
Throughout America’s history there have been several presidents that were ministers of the gospel.
These men believed if our culture were to suffer from spiritual decay (as it does today) it would be because of Christians’ noninvolvement.
For instance, President James Garfield, a minister of the gospel stated, “If the next centennial does not find us to be a great nation it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
Today, Christians and the church have removed themselves from the political arena; by doing so we have ignored the teachings of our early church leaders and have violated historical precedent.
So what was the early church’s view on politics? In 1800, the Rev. John Mitchell Mason explained, “What is politics? Is it not the science and the exercise of civil rights and civil duties? And what is religion? Is it not an obligation to the service of God, founded on His authority, and extending to all our relations personal and social? Yet religion has nothing to do with politics! Where did you learn this maxim? The Bible is full of directions for your behavior as citizens. Yet, religion has nothing to do with politics! Most astonishing! And is there any part of your conduct in which you are, or wish to be, without law to God, and not under the law of Christ? You are commanded ‘in all your ways acknowledge Him’’’ — Proverbs.
Blessings – Thomas Hughes
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