Second Sunday of Epiphany – January 15, 2023
Holy Trinity Church – Tom Mount
Scripture reading: Romans 13:1-5
- Three contributing factors to our present situation
- Our collective amnesia about our nation’s Christian history and founding values.
- The Church’s abdication of its essential role in informing public policy.
- The unprecedented government overreach occasioned by COVID but motivated by deeper ideological commitments like humanism, globalism, Statism and critical theory (e.g., WEF, BLM, DEI in HR, ESG metrics in investments).
- We will be largely judged by future generations based on how we respond to the spiritual and Constitutional crises facing our nation.
Three basic models for Christian political involvement
- Total control of government (theocracy) – Predynastic Israel, Münster Anabaptists, Christian Reconstructionism
- Teaches that God (or a god, Allah) is king and his “law” rules
- Note: this only works when God is physically present (Eden, New Earth). Also, God uses intermediaries (divine council, angels, saints).
- Total disinvolvement from government – JWs, Amish, Quakers, ACLU
- Teaches that religion and politics should never be mixed.
- Neglects human vocation: Gen 1:26-28
- Limits God’s interests to human souls
- Restricts “love your neighbor” to personal interactions vs. policy decisions.
- Significant engagement with government
- Privileges obedience, expresses gratitude, demonstrates love in tangible ways
- Presupposes “sphere sovereignty”: God creates spheres of influence: family, business, education, government, Church, etc. (Rom 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14)
Principles to guide our involvement
- Own our failures. Proverbs 28:13. Take responsibility. Sincerely apologize and ask forgiveness. Then move on. No person or nation defined by its worst mistakes.
- Honor our uniqueness. Celebrate our unique Constitutional republic with its biblical foundations. It should be a source of pride and point of obedience. Deut 8:11-14.
- Be political but not partisan. Insist on truth across the board. Evaluate candidates and policy based on scriptural principles. Joshua 5:13-14.
- Get in the game! Study the issues, vote wisely, speak out, get to work! Beyond that: give money, work for campaigns, run for office. Don’t give up. Galatians 6:9.
- Inform yourself using good information intelligence. Don’t rely on Wiki, Reddit or mainstream media sources. Dig. Cross-check. Discuss. 1 Chronicles 12:32.
- Pray both individually and in a group. Be intentional, specific and faithful. Join us Fridays in the sanctuary during the lunch hour 12-1. 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
A few suggested resources
- Short videos: PragerU.com
- Longer videos: Uncommon Knowledge with David Robinson, Victor Davis Hanson
- Monthly publication: “Imprimis”, by Hillsdale College
- Booklet: Biblical Principles for Political Engagement by David Closson
- Book: The Myth of Separation by David Barton
- Book: We Will Not Be Silenced by Erwin Lutzer
- Book: Politics According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem