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Politicization...Danger........Bill Lewis

I have not written a blog for some time. Life change and critical events take precedence over some things. My wife having Covid and being hospitalized in ICU for 9 days and then the journey of recovery which is still in progress have taken priority over everything.

However, I have some thoughts and concerns that I would like to express.

For a number of years evangelical Christianity has been aligning itself with political candidates. The church has become more and more politicized. The church has become more and more identified with right wing politics. Somehow, we have believed that electing the right candidate would bring about moral rectitude, turn society back from the brink of destruction, restore values, and deliver us from evil. I do not know one candidate that can do that. To me, there is only one who can do that and that is the Lord God.

The sad thing to me is that Christianity has placed itself in a position that when the political winds change, the church may find itself so identified with a party, that it will be lumped into that category and be totally disregarded.

I have been warning folks that I talk to about getting to policitcal from the pulpit. Our mandate is the gospel. It is not political salvation. The voice of the gospel has to be heard. The mandate is the eternal need for a new birth and eternal life. Nations, governments, leaders come and go. The gospel remains.

A number of church leaders, good people. famous people, have been caught up in the aura of power and influence. Being next to world leaders is heady territory for sure. Praying for leaders is important, but endorsing them as the answer is treacherous territory.

Another serious area of concern has been the number of prophecies, predictions, "thus saith the Lord" comments and prognostications. The number of prophecies that have been published, spread through the internet, passed from one to another is exhausting. These words, dreams, visions, have proven to be false. It begs the questions: Did God really say that? If He did, did He make a mistake? If He did not say that, then are these false prophets? Is anyone taking responsibility? Are there any "sorry, I missed it?"

In the scripture, there were very few prophets who attained a sphere of influence that moved leaders and nations. One of my concerns is that the prophetic ministry for the church will have such a black-eye that it will be disregarded and despised. Yet, it seems that some times people's strong opinions get dressed up in prophetic garb while it is purely opinion.

An adjustment needs to come in the house, the church. While there are moral issues that need addressed, it has to come from the position of life in Christ. Endorsing candidates, politicizing the pulpit, does not direct people to the Lord, but engrains divisions rather than realizing the ground at the foot of the cross is level. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

I pray we learn quickly. I hope many will correct the path and not be too prideful to admit a mistake. I pray we return and focus on the message of the gospel. It is supposed to be good news for ALL. I pray we become agents of peace and reconciliation.

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