This morning September 29, 2020, Dr. James Dobson’s Open Letter to All Christians Regarding the Upcoming Election was published. Allow me to quote excerpts:
How will Americans, and how will you, decide who to vote for as our Chief Executive Officer? I have heard from dozens of friends and acquaintances in recent weeks who tell me they will base their decision solely on a candidate’s rhetoric, tone, style, or likeability.
I’m voting for those who will support Israel…. I’m voting for those who will protect children from leftist curricula…. I’m voting for freedom in the suburbs… I am voting to support “In God we trust” and school prayer… I am voting for marriage… I am voting for life in all its dimensions. I am voting against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. I’m voting for wisdom in handling the pandemic. I am voting for protection for the Church from oppressive politicians.
If you love America and don’t want it to be “fundamentally transformed,” as Barrack Obama proposed, it is time to do three things:
1. Pray like never before that God will spare this great nation from tyranny and oppression of religious liberty.
2. Volunteer to help your candidates.
3. Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions.
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”- Jesus (Matthew 15:24)
Our Lord Jesus had one focus, one mission to bring the good news of salvation, deliverance from sin and to usher in the Kingdom of God to the Jews. The Jews were His sole attention. This is seen in several occasions in the Gospels.
Early in his ministry, Jesus also sends out His disciples with the same mission: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel”. (Matt. 10:5 & 6) It was only after “…his own did not receive him…” (John 1:11 & 12) that he sent out his disciples into all the world in the Great Commission.
The Syrophoenician Woman
The scriptures tell us that Jesus withdrew the coastal town of Tyre and Sidon, a Canaanite territory according to the account in Matthew 15: 21. Mark’s account says he did not want anyone to know of it. We are not given the reason in the gospels, but it could be inferred that Jesus wanted a little downtime.
While there, the account of the Syrophoenician woman who seeks out Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter is recorded. Jesus has a strikingly real conversation with the woman which is almost uncharacteristic of him: “It is not right for me to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” (Matt. 15:26). In local parlance, Jesus ‘buff-ed’ (snubbed) her big time!
The point is, Jesus was razor sharp in his mission to the Jews and probably exemplified here more than anywhere else in the scriptures. Likewise he expects us as individual believers and the Church to be single minded in our call and mission to be salt and light in an evil world. We should not expect the world system to agree or collaborate with the Gospel. This is not the reality we should seek and it is not what our Lord taught.
It sounds to me that the desired outcome from this election according to Dr. Dobson, a highly respected church leader and bible teacher, should be a Commander in Chief who will protect the ideals and uphold Christian values and morals, if not personally, certainly in the public arena.
Apparently, the church and the society needs to be defended against the evil which will be foisted on it (again). Hence as members of the church we need to act and vote in a particular way.
There seems to be a desire of the Conservatives to return America to a ‘golden age’ if it ever existed, where the state and the church were aligned in unison and all was well. History records the dangers of such Church/State entanglements and I won’t enter that discussion here.
I will however underpin again that the church’s mission is to proclaim the Good News to all who are lost. It is not to ‘keep church’ and maintain a status quo. The US and worldwide church must awaken to the fact that we live secular, humanistic lost world, a world that needs the Saviour.
The US’s church leadership in 2020 is still bemoaning that prayer has been taken out of schools, same sex unions have been sanctioned and pro-choice agendas fixed and all that needs to be undone by a POTUS and we must all pray to that end. Where is the call from the church for a strategic, modern and dynamic thrust of Evangelism? Where is the call to prayer against the ‘principalities and powers in high places’? Where is the call for each believer to be salt and light and to live a life worthy of our calling?
Instead, the call is for church members should go out and volunteer among other things. Sadly, I see a lukewarm, weak and frail church which is fighting to maintain a comfortable status quo and not the overcoming church I read of in the last days.
Revive your church God!