While I am personally highly committed to a certain political philosophy, and though I have been known to vigorously express my political beliefs in private discussions, I do not believe “the pulpit” is the proper arena for partisan issues. I do not believe that society can legislate morality.
I do not believe God called politicians to preach the gospel of Christ, the doctrine of Christ, or morality in general. I do believe that God called his servants to preach and teach the Word of God and that to all the world (Eph 3:10).
Though it has become a political issue, I am not guilty of preaching politics when I teach that homosexuality is wrong. God, long ago, made it a moral issue by describing homosexuality as a “perversion” (Rom. 1:27). His “righteous judgment” declared that “those who practice such things are worthy of death,” and even warned against the temptation to “approve of them who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).
If I teach that only homosexuality is abomination and ignore all those who commit adultery or fornication, then as a preacher of righteousness, I am not doing my job.
Another moral matter that has become an equally volatile political issue is the practice of killing unborn babies. Using the euphemism, “Pro-Choice,” advocates of abortion are merely ratifying the actions of men like Pharaoh and Herod who killed babies shortly after they were born. They simply did not “do the job” before the babies were born. Had Planned Parenthood been on the job at the time, I suppose they would have offered Mary the option of removing the “fetus” in her womb. Even at the risk of being accused of preaching politics, the faithful gospel preacher must sound forth the truth that “hands that shed innocent blood” is listed as one of the things that the Lord hates (Prov. 6:17).
Yet, I know of an assurance that even the Republican party could care less if you or someone else had an abortion. No! If that were the case, Ronald Reagan during his administration would have banned abortion permanently. He did not and neither did G.H. Bush or his son ban abortion. To be fair, Reagan only had the Senate for his entire term, Bush Sr. had a Democratic Senate and House. However, George W. had a Republican in both the House and Senate (2003-2007). Yet, we still have abortion. Why? Because the Republicans hold abortion hostage in order to get evangelicals to vote for them.
Immorality is not eradicated by a bill in congress, but rather by gospel preachers who are unashamed to preach against it. Instead of preachers preaching against immorality, they are embracing it. The Pope even asked its members to apologize to gays and lesbians. Many denominations embrace immorality in order to gain members. Shamefully, even some churches of Christ defend gays and lesbians as being born that way. No! They were not born that way. They chose to be a homosexual! And it is high time those who stand with God stand up and and condemn immorality of all kinds.
Bottom line? I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but I am going to tell you that as a Christian you must stand against evil of all kinds. No! Politics is not the way to fight against sin. The only way to fight against sin is to preach the unadulterated Word of God in our assemblies, in our homes, to our friends, to anyone who will give an ear to hear it. Just like a qualified elder begins in a godly home, so does a godly nation. No, we as Christians can’t make an ungodly nation obey God, but we can teach them right from wrong. And if we do our job correctly, who knows, perhaps the people we elect to public office will be just and moral and do the right thing once they are elected.