Jesus vs. “Faith Leaders” (Or: Everything is Theological)

It wasn’t long ago that the most aggressively anti-Christian elements in our culture at least pretended to be committed to “keeping religion out of politics”. We were told again and again that “religion and politics don’t mix” and that we should “keep our faith in its place”.

Then a funny thing happened on the way to “getting religion out of politics”.

After most Christians were convinced to abandon Christ as Lord in political practice and set aside His Word as the standard by which political ideas are tested, then many counter-Christian activists became very comfortable with the merger of politics and religion – so long as it was their religion being advanced by political means.  Now in 2019 Tennessee we’re routinely subjected to all manner of religion-drenched political propaganda, from Taylor Swift’s recent letter in support of wildly unbiblical causes to a note sent last week to Governor Lee by “faith leaders” arguing against “all attempts to criminalize and restrict abortion access”.

Where once the preferred counter-Christian approach to politics centered on “keeping religion out of politics”, we’re now fed an unending stream of explicitly religious propaganda aimed at bludgeoning, shaming, and economically persecuting orthodox Christians (and thereby orthodox Christianity) into silence…all in the name of “love” and “tolerance”.

None of this should be surprising to anyone. Scripture predicted – no, guaranteed – every bit of the lunacy on display around us. In our pride and desire to make a Genesis 3 approach to politics work, we’ve earned every bit of the chaos that we’re swimming in.

Once Christians agreed to abandon the Sword of Truth (Eph. 6:16-17) in the political realm, political actions undertaken by those Christians became easily deflected and often perverted into the service of explicitly anti-Christian causes. Once Christians became convinced that the Word of God is not the sufficient standard (2 Tim. 3:16-17) by which all thoughts and actions ought to be tested (1 Thess. 5:21) and that Jesus should not be regarded as Lord over the political thoughts and practices of His people here and now in “the real world”, we set our culture up for its presently unfolding rocket ride to hell. . .

That’s how we opened this week’s Tennessee General Assembly Bible Study in Nashville, which I’d like to share with you here in its entirety (especially because my prep time in writing and laying out the print material pictured below substantially cuts into my blogging time during Session, which runs from early January to early May this year).

If you’d like a .pdf of the study, please let me know and I’ll get it to you ASAP.

That said, here’s Page 1:

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In His grip,

Scott


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