This is a blast from the past – stumbled onto it on the internet. It was reprinted from our April/May 1998 newsletter, Tandem Vincitur. It is still relevant today. Hope you find it useful.
I listened to Billy Graham on Larry King’s radio show. Larry asked the minister what he thought of the President. I remember Mr. Graham praising Bill Clinton for the amazing work he had accomplished with the economy and foreign relations among other things. Then he compared the President’s lying and cheating ways with the average person’s daily sins. Larry King broke in with a question: maybe the minister was ready to forgive the President. Mr. Graham replied that he already had forgiven him.
While I was pounding on the dashboard, Billy Graham and Larry King discussed their worry that the people of this nation do not appear to be concerned with the blatant immorality and dishonesty in the White House. I hollered back to the radio, “Why should they? The highest minister in the land has forgiven him; we have all forgiven him!”
A friend told me he watched the President on some televangelist’s show. Bill Clinton expressed that he was just a “struggling Christian.” My friend confessed the show was so moving that he felt convicted for judging Mr. Clinton.
Last month, Dick Armey came to town. I went to a luncheon to hear him speak. I joined in the standing ovation as he came to the podium, because I believed he had earned it. He talked of many light and superficial things. Then he told us, as long as the polls showed the people favored the President’s cheating ways, he was not going to stand against him. Then he went on to admonish us that if we want to see leadership in Washington DC we had better show it from the grassroots. When we are ready to lead from the bottom, he will be there to provide leadership from the top. I could not bring myself to stand and applaud his speech.
Most our “leaders” are administrators and clerks. Few are willing to take the tough stands. They don’t mind organizing consensus but they don’t have the fortitude to lead! We wonder why the polls favor Clinton; but I would bet the polls would be different if the highest ministers and the highest legislators of the land would be willing to stand and say that sin is wrong!
They cannot do that. It would ruin the whole unity thing. One of my ex-pastors, or rather church administrator, used to harp on me to be in unity. To stand against sin was divisive, though he would never put it that way. What he would say was that our attitude was more important than the message though he could not prove that premise through Scriptures. Correcting the messenger’s attitude was more important than confronting the sin. And somehow, no matter how one presented their case, a stand against sin was always done in the “wrong attitude.”
He was uncomfortable with any disagreement. If we ever disagreed on the smallest point, the conversation would not continue until we could agree. I had to agree with him, not the reverse. I told him that I would consider his points as I examine the Scriptures; but that was divisive and he complained that I was destroying unity. I could never convince him we could be united despite our minor disagreements.
One day we were chatting and I expressed a concern that maybe half the church body was not Christian (it was a large church). I expected him to be upset with my assertion, instead he countered that thirty percent or less were probably Christian.
Another day, the pastor, a few elders and I were having a discussion (actually, it was an interrogation and I was to defend myself for bringing a message with the “wrong attitude.” The message was that the head elder had, among other things, been instrumental, while head of the school board, in incorporating homosexual education in the sex-Ed program and had convinced other Christians that it was abstinence based). During this conversation, I brought up our “statistics” of the less than half or less than thirty percent Christian.
Then I posited the question: If unity is the most important element, and we all need to agree to be united, doesn’t it follow that unity will be found at the mid-point, or fifty percent? The agreement was unanimous. So I proceeded: If unity is at the mid-point of our ideas and theology and we take the whole collective body of this church and we assume that less than half are Christian, then doesn’t it follow that the point of unity will be in non-Christian territory? This time, they all agreed I was divisive.
Friend, you can talk about all the black helicopters you want. You can list the conspiracies of the Illuminati. You can list the laws that our unelected bureaucrats are writing that are eroding our Constitution. For that matter, list the laws our elected officials are writing, as well including Republicans. You can talk about IMF, Federal Reserve and large multinational corporations. You can list our moral sins, including the promotion of abortion and homosexuality and the role they play in world population control. You can talk about environmental activists, religionists and “Christian” socialists like Tony Campolo. You can talk about the mega-church pastors, or facilitators, with their congregations of itching ears. To some degree, each is bringing us closer to the one-world government. But there is one element that is largely ignored and it is the most fundamental and the most insidious it is the common thread of all: Consensus and its message of Unity.
Right now, it is infecting our churches, schools, civil government and our social structure. This was the foundation for the Tower of Babel and it will be the foundation for the New World Order. Let us unite and not be scattered – we are brainwashed to be “nice,” to be “kinder, gentler,” to agree and not judge. God forbid that anyone should be like John the Baptist and hold our leaders accountable for their public sins!
Consensus rides at the edge of truth. Remember Satan’s words to Eve; “Did God really say” Consensus challenges us to re-examine the truth, to see if maybe we have misunderstood it. Christians have accepted the world’s definition of a “kinder, gentler, encouraging” person, so that we have forgotten our Biblical mandate to stand against sin and to teach all nations to obey God’s laws. Don’t the Scriptures tell us that the whole duty of man is to fear God and to keep His commandments? But the modern Christian message seems to be “God loves us.” So we add Christian faith to our collection of self-improvement tools.
The message of the Bible, however, is that our hearts are sinful, we cannot improve ourselves and we are bound for an eternity without God if not for His mercy and His love but His love demands obedience. That obedience is going to separate us from the world. We will not be casually different. Christ told the disciples that He came to bring a sword. Joel tells us, “Mighty are those who obey His command.” Christ affirmed this when He said, “The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
Picture the battle, Satan and his armies are running to and fro, flailing their swords and deceiving the hearts of the people and the nations it is all-out war. Now, find the Christians, or those who claim to be: The leading ministers are preaching a message of forgiveness – to the point of condoning mans’ sins, because “God is love.” The local ministers preach “unity” and getting along in the community and on the job. The political leaders who claim to stand for Christian principles (or some derivation thereof, such as “Family Values”) refuse to stand because it would be divisive and they could lose elections. Instead, they focus on strategies and “majorities.” The swords of demonic armies are swinging and the blood is flowing, while the Christians are in meetings.
We all have an excuse to retreat not to stand out. If we are different from the world, we are casually different. From all appearances, our differences are only metaphysical we’ve got our act together. How absurd! If our focus is to be kind and gentle, why does the Bible talk so much about war?
Friends, our strategies have not won elections nor lost them. God has called us to stand. He is the One who raises kings and deposes them. It is by His pleasure alone that our elected officials are who they are. We have been willing to vote for the lesser of evils to satisfy short-term strategies and we are surprised at the evil in our land! Every minor defeat, we modify our strategy and we compromise with the enemy, hoping for a greater victory. But the angel of darkness keeps swinging his sword! The New World Order may soon come, but why should we help to usher it in?
God has called us to stand. Paul told us that after we have done everything to stand, to stand and stand firm! We have not done everything to stand. We are not standing firm and we have not raised a banner.
Where there is no vision the people perish, Solomon wrote. Hosea affirmed that the people perish for lack of knowledge. If we were to stand and stand firm, from the grassroots to the highest Christian leaders of the land, though we may suffer defeats at the beginning, eventually the people would understand there is a difference. In the long run we will prevail – Tandem Vincitur!
God save our nation.