[Note: This series takes the reader through chapter 12 of Dr. David Reagan’s newest book titled God’s Prophetic Voices to America. Order your copy today! Dr. Reagan includes the following excerpt of a sermon made by Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Watch the conference presentation!]
The Christian Response
Now the question is, “How are we as Christians to respond to all this?” I want to suggest to you that we turn to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who told us exactly how we are to respond to a decaying culture. In Matthew 5:13 Jesus said:
You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has become tasteless how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Jesus said our first responsibility as believers is to act as salt. Do you know that in Jesus’ day salt was a preservative? In the day before refrigerators, salt was the way to delay the decay of the meat. What salt did was simply give the meat a little longer shelf life. Eventually the meat would rot and would have to be discarded. The salt delayed that process.
What I believe Jesus is saying to us is, “We’re not going to prevent the destruction of America, but we can delay it so we have more opportunity to share the Gospel.” I therefore believe God has called us as Christians to stand up and push back against the tide of evil and immorality that is sweeping our country.
A Call for Christian Courage
I tell you, I am sick and tired of these wimpy Christians who mask their timidity and lack of courage with some sort of pseudo-spirituality that says, “Well, you know, we’re just not citizens of this world, we are citizens of Heaven. And you know, we just need to let the world take its course.”
Look, God never encouraged us to engage in silo-spirituality — to separate our faith from the rest of what’s happening in this world. The fact is there are a lot of people in your church right now, perhaps even your pastor, who think for a Christian to use his faith to try to influence other people or unbelievers, or the course of this nation, well that’s un-American, un-Christian and it may be illegal.
Listen, Jesus Christ is not just Lord of the Church, He is Lord over all creation. Jesus isn’t just interested in religious people and religious institutions, Jesus is interested in every institution, and He’s interested in government as well. Whenever you say that God doesn’t want us to influence our culture, just start looking at the Bible itself. Look at men of God like Jonah, and David, and Jeremiah, and Isaiah, and in the New Testament, men like John the Baptist.
When you look at the ministries of those men, you will see that they didn’t just preach to themselves. Nor did they just preach to God’s own people. These men of God were willing to stand up in an ungodly culture and confront ungodly leaders and say without stuttering or stammering, “Thus saith the Lord.” We need men of God like that today to do the same. We need men of God who will stand up and say compassionately yet courageously, “Abortion is murder.” “Homosexuality is a perversion of God’s plan for human sexuality.” And “God will reject any nation that rejects Him.”
You know, when you say that Christians shouldn’t try to influence society, you are completely negating Jesus’ words when He said, “You are the salt of the earth.” How do we influence the world? How do we push back against immorality? It is by engaging in that dirty, filthy word called politics.
Now you know I hear this all the time: “Christians shouldn’t get involved in politics.” Do you know what the word politics means? The word means to influence, to control. When you say Christians shouldn’t get involved in politics what you are saying is that Christians shouldn’t try to influence the society in which they live. Can anybody say that with a straight face and believe it?
Christians and Politics
Let me ask you three questions: Do you believe that God cares about 50 million children being murdered in the womb? Do you think God has any opinion about that? Do you think that God cares about the rampant immorality that is sweeping our land? Do you think that God cares at all about His name being outlawed from mention in the public square? If you’ve answered yes, you have just explained why Christians ought to be involved in politics.
You see, in the Old Testament times it was the king who determined the spiritual direction of the nation. If he was a righteous king, God blessed the nation. If he was an unrighteous king, God cursed the nation. But as John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, “God has given us the privilege of selecting our leaders. And it is the duty and preference of Christians to prefer and select Christians as their leaders.”
Every time I use that quote the liberals go crazy, but those were the words of the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. It is our duty to prefer and select Christians as our leaders. Every time you go into the voting booth, you are either casting a vote for righteousness or for unrighteousness. And if we’re going to push back against this evil we have to get involved — not to save America because we are not going to save America. But we can delay our nation’s collapse if we get involved.
Why Push Back?
The reason we want to buy more time for America is so we as Christians can fulfill our ultimate calling as believers, as stated by Jesus in Matthew 5:14 — “You are the light of the world.”
Listen, God has not called us to save America. God has called us to save Americans from the coming judgment of God. The only way that can happen is by introducing them to a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason we want to buy time for our culture is so that we have the opportunity to do just that…
A Fundamental Principle About Light
You know why Paul said we could rejoice in the culture in which we are living, even though it may be very wicked? He understood a very simple principle — the darker the background, the brighter the light.
I experienced an illustration of that not long ago. I was helping my younger daughter celebrate a special occasion in her life. I said, “Dorothy, I’ll take you to the mall and get you anything you want.” Now when I said, “anything you want,” I had in mind going to a shop like Forever 21 and getting a $20 or $30 dress. So, we go over to North Park Shopping Center and she leads me right past Forever 21 and right into a jewelry store! We’re standing there in front of the counter, and the salesman approaches, looks at my daughter and says, “Good to see you again.” At that moment, I knew I’d been had! He said, “Would you like to look at that ring you were looking at yesterday?” She said, “Yes.”
So he went back and brought forth a little tray with different rings on it and picked out the one she had been looking at. Before he sat it down on the plexiglass counter he took a piece of black velvet, spread it out on the counter and then took that ring and plopped it right in the center of the black velvet. The contrast between that black velvet and the light emitting from the ring was so stark it almost blinded me to the price, not quite, but it almost did. You see, that salesman understood a fundamental principle: the darker the background, the brighter the light.
The Opportunity Provided by Darkness
Listen, we are living in dark days today, no doubt about it. But the more hopeless this world becomes the brighter the hope of Jesus Christ shines.
So which is it? Are we to be salt? Are we to get involved in politics and try to push back against evil? Or, are we to be light involved in evangelism and sharing the Gospel? It’s not an either-or answer. It is both-and. God has called us to do both. He has called us to be balanced. But please don’t equate that word balanced with passive. This is not time for Christians living in America to be passive.
I’m reminded of the words of William Watkins in his book, The New Absolutes. He wrote:
As Christians we must reject the new tolerance and become a people marked by intolerance. Not an intolerance that unleashes hate upon people. But an intolerance that is unwilling to allow error to masquerade as truth any longer. An intolerance that is willing to stand up and call evil, evil and good, good.
God grant us the courage to do just that.
In the sixth and last segment of Robert Jeffress’ warning of America’s impending judgment, Dr. Jeffress advises President Trump.
References are available in the References section at the end of the book.
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