There is a lot of hype going around in conservative Christian circles about issues such as same-sex marriages and trans-gender bathrooms, and in general that Christian America is being destroyed. We are told that we need to help elect Christian leaders into our government so we can outlaw sin.
However, “Christian America” never existed, and never will. God never called us to make a holy country on earth. He never told us to keep sinners from sinning. He never made us the Moral Police of the world.
The whole idea that we can force the world to be “good” by external means is a farce. That is what was done with the nation of Israel and God said it didn’t work to bring people to holiness and a reliance on Him and it was never meant to. In fact, we are told that the Old Testament Law was a stumbling-block (Romans 9:30-33). The role of the OT Law is to define sin among unbelievers as sin (Romans 3:20).
Here’s why it’s a farce: if it is possible to keep from sin by “trying hard enough”, then Jesus didn’t need to die. If the world can become “good” by forcing behavior modification on them and making them do the right thing, then Jesus died in vain. The whole idea of the OT law was that if you did X, Y, and Z, then you would be holy and righteous. It didn’t work. Nobody could do it.
The very people that tried some of the hardest to keep the Law – the Pharisees – hated God when he came to earth, and they killed him. Jesus said that if he had done the same works and preached the same things in Sodom and Gomorrah before they were destroyed, the homosexuals that filled those cities would have turned to Him and repented (Mat 11:23). They knew they were sinners. However, when someone thinks they are already righteous, they feel no need for Christ. They feel self-sufficient.
The problem with the belief that I can fix my own mistakes it that it is based on the mentality that the Holy Spirit is just something to make us feel good and that obeying God is something that we have to do of ourselves. Most would not verbally agree with that statement, but it is the end result of what they teach. It means that if someone is into sin such as looking at porn, then they just need to try harder to stop. They need accountability. They need internet controls to keep them from being able to sin. The problem is – it doesn’t work.
God gave us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us to change us from the inside out. To make us new creatures in Him. To empower us to live Christian lives victorious from sin, in obedience to Christ both His commands in the New Testament and to what He personally asks of us, and in deep, heart-felt love toward one another. Sure, we have to do our part – actively working on our faults, correcting our mistakes, and practicing godliness (1Tim 4:7) – but it has to be an overflowing of an inner dedication to Christ and with a reliance on His power.
Our actions need to be Godly and Christ-like because He is living inside us, not because we managed to make the part of us that everyone else sees look good. That’s nothing more than a white-washed sepulcher full of dead bones such as Jesus talked about.
It is high time that Christians stop trying to police the world and focus on helping the sinners within our midst. Folks, there is so much sin within the professing Church, from liberal to conservative, that I don’t feel we have any right to tell the world what to do. It is popular to criticize the world for rampant adultery, fornication, and same-sex relationships, and yet within most churches of all shades of Christianity are those who have been raped, abused, had same-sex acts forced on them – all by other church members that continue to sit in the pews Sunday after Sunday, and continue their wickedness.
We need revival in the Church. The American church today as a whole is lukewarm, complacent, and is going to be judged by God for its wickedness if it does not repent and turn to Him whole-heartedly.
Revelation 3:15-17, 19 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked… As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.