Saturday, June 28, 2008

Keeping Religion Out of Politics

Religion was in the news this week.
When Moses led Israel to the promised land, he instructed them in how things would work. They followed his instructions and for a period of years, they basked in extraordinary manifestations of God’s sovereignty. Over time, in encounters with other systems, they diluted the teachings and their fortunes went down the toilet.

Finally Jesus came, trained his disciples to heal the sick and cast out unclean spirits, revealing God’s sovereignty. Before leaving He gave his followers the following information. "These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well. Then the Master Jesus, after briefing them, was taken up to heaven, and he sat down beside God. And the disciples went everywhere preaching, the Master working right with them, validating the Message with indisputable evidence.” (Mk 16: ff MSG)

The Book of Acts reveals that the followers heard what He said, and did exactly as told. They received the results promised. Then, just as before, over time the message was watered down with syncretism from secular and other sources. The extraordinary began to dissipate.

Why put this post on a political blog? Well because it is time to get religion out of these political discussions. After all, Jesus declared: These are some of the signs that will accompany believers, healing the sick, casting out demons, the Master working right with them, validating the Message with indisputable evidence.When politicians speak publically, they don’t tell people what signs to look for. Instead it is “Jesus, social worker to the poor.” or “Jesus, the moral teacher”, religion comprehendible to secular minds.

Then Dobson who thinks Jesus was a moral teacher blasts Obama who thinks Jesus was a social worker. And they both in turn are blasted by secularists who believe all religions are the same and thus don’t matter. Can you imagine any political candidate saying and demonstrating: “these are the signs that reveal the authentic. They supernaturally heal the sick and cast out demons.” Are you kidding?

I’m with McCain. Keep religion at a distance, and let them guess.