[This article is for those who subscribe to the Christian faith. It would be completely out of context for those who don’t. Please read part 1 first.]
As a Christian, you’ve got to decide if you believe what God says about himself in the Bible or if you have your own version of him. You’ve also got to decide if you’re a Christian or secular humanist. Both worldviews are built on disparate ideological pillars which lead to divergent conclusions. You must make up your mind whether you’re on the Lord’s side or on the side of populism and political correctness.
Jesus was never politically correct. Let me recount one of the greatest stories of Christ’s kindness, grace and love:
“So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:5-24 NKJV
In the story, Jesus pointed out a few uncomfortable home truths:
“You are living in an adulterous relationship.”
“Your mode of worship is inappropriate and only a sovereign God can define the way he wants to be worshipped, not man.”
Jesus then went on to speak about true worship. After the encounter, the woman, far from being alienated, went on to become one of Jesus’ evangelists. Truth, spoken in love liberates. Jesus called a spade a spade and spoke the truth without equivocation.
The Christian ideology says God’s rights are sovereign. Secular humanism enthones human rights – even above the constitutions of individual nations. Christianity is a very humbling religion. It says, “May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It declares, “Whatsoever is decreed on earth must be what has already been decreed in heaven.” Christianity recognises God as the “Governor of the nations.” It recognises that, “All power is of God and there is no authority that is not determined by him.” Christian doctrine then proceeds to state that, “God has given the Church Jesus’ authority on earth.”
(References: Matthew 6:11, Matthew 16:19, Pslam 22:28, Romans 13: 1 and Ephesians 1:20-23)
These are very weighty statements but within them lies an awesome responsibility for the Church. God maintains sovereign rights over his creation – the earth – but has retailed that authority to the Church. He expects us to enforce his will and to promote righteousness. But we can only do so within the recognised and publicly available structures of the day – culture, politics, policy and the law. Remember when the Israelites rejected theocracy and adopted a monarchy? God became limited by the goodness of heart of their Kings and their willingness to ensure righteousness in Israel. Citizens always suffer the consequences of leadership.
In a democracy, which many nations now practice, you can only enforce righteousness through institutions and regulators of state: culture, politics, policy and the law. Prayer provides power and backing (in the same way the workers of iniquity are fueled by their rituals unto their masters).
Like I wrote in Part 1 and will reiterate here, the earth is one outpost in a universe that is billions of years old. God was already running a programme before the earth came to be, by his design. He has a plan for the universe and he has a plan for the earth. Therefore, our rights do not supercede his. Sin corrupted and temporarily delayed that plan. We are at an interregnum. Grace and salvation are God’s way of restoring relations and saving as many people as he can. But eventually, this current incarnation of the earth will be scrapped and a completely new one will be put in place. It’s a divine reset, so to speak (Revelations 21:1, 1 Timothy 2:4). Anytime you see God spectacularly intervening in the affairs of the earth, it’s because he needs to delay the end and lengthen the time alloted for reconciliation. I will explain why (and this part is very important).
The Bible teaches that the spirit of the Antichrist is already here and the mystery of iniquity is at work (1 John 2:18-23, 1 John 4: 1-3). The “person” of the Antichrist may not yet be here, but his acrivities are already in play and his evangelists have begun preparing his path. But the Bible says we can and should delay his appearing to give people time to be saved. This is an aspect of the mission of the Church that many do not pay attention to.
“And now you know what is restraining, that he (the Antichrist) may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:6-12 NKJV
In simple terms, our job as the Church is to actively delay the inevitable for as long as we can until “Christ” is removed from the earth. This is a reference to the time when Christ’s body, the Church, is raptured and the Antichrist is given free reign.
In the New Testament, God revealed a mystic union of Jesus (the Head) and the Church (the Body) – Colossians 1:18. So as far as God is concerned, the Church is not only seated with Christ in heavenly places but God also sees Jesus as being present on earth as long as his body, the Church, is still here (Ephesians 2:6-7, Ephesians 1:20-23). Marriage between a man and woman is the ultimate representation of this union between Jesus and the Church. Sex is a physical token of said union.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32 NKJV
I believe the reason God has an issue with the organised movement for same sex marriage is because it is a direct misrepresentation of the mystery of Christ. It is like giving God the middle finger. And God is against the spirit of the Antichrist and anything that speeds up his coming. We must therefore restrain this spirit through legal means because that is our mission. If we love the world, we will not stand idly by as the earth is hastened to its inevitable end. This has nothing to do with opposing human rights. God has never denied anyone the right to sin. However, when policy becomes a tool to assert that right; when it is enshrined in culture, policy, politics and the law, Christians have the right to also use those same tools, as citizens. It may be politically incorrect, but at some point, you’ve got to decide if you’re a Christian and really believe the Bible or not. In a democracy, every ideological side is allowed to pursue its own ideals and to convince others. Such is freedom of speech and association. Each side can lobby legitimately and use the tools of governance to bring about those ideals.
As an aside, saying God made some people in a certain way is to exculpate mankind from the consequences of Genesis. I cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel over the spiral effects of the sin nature – war, disease, genetic mutations, evolving sexual expressions & identities and so on. There is an irregularity in the code of nature and yes, it will produce phenomena in the earth. I accept this and the many scientifically proven expressions. For example, I cannot deny some individuals with 2 sets of gentals are being born nor can I ignore those whose hormones predispose them to certain gender orientations. But…and I say this within the context of Christian theology alone, let’s lay the cause where it should be – the original sin. No one should have to deal with what they didn’t ask for. No one should have to deal with the outflows of what one man and one woman did in a Garden thousands of years ago. But, unfortunately, here we are.
I believe some Christians know the God of grace & love but fail to acknowledge the full scope of his mission for the Church. How can that be? Can we love the world more than God, in the name of “human rights”? Can we love God, yet fail to do what he asks or be unmoved by the things that are diametrically opposed to his Christ? Can we be more politically correct than he is?
I believe Satan’s greatest coup is to co-opt Christians to drive his agenda in the name of “love”. We have become more Christian than Christ. We seek the approval of men – in the form of social media clout, media acknowledgement, hobnobbing with multilateral agencies and atttaction of donor aid. Our Master’s voice grows dull in our ears. It is the height of irony that the same gifts God freely gives us as Christians are often used to advocate for the things that he is against. Ultimately, after we have served the world’s ends, it will invariably turn around to persecute us. It is quickly becoming hate speech to speak uncomfortable truths and our children are being taught alternative versions of truths without our permission.
I do hope God stirs our hearts to pursue his mission. We must pick a side. We must stand up for something. We may lose friends and admirers in the process but to be honoured by God is a far greater prize than to be respected by men.Jesus was never politically correct. Click To Tweet In a democracy, you enforce righteousness through culture, politics, policy and the law. Click To Tweet