Many years ago Christian clergy used religion as a reason to enter WWI by claiming pacifism was not the “Christian” way. By linking Christianity and WWI together in sermons and other religious demonstrations clergy and religious leaders were able to influence the worldview of Christian people everywhere. It was a massive, nationwide effort that worked until the people figured out what was really happening.
After WWI, Christian church membership declined and Christian people divided around their beliefs. That’s one of the reasons why there are so many affiliations today. When Christian people saw for themselves that their religious values were deceitfully linked to WWI, by clergy and religious political leaders, they also found them to be scripturally ungrounded. This shook up the Christian community and the affects to Christianity is still impacted to this day.
Unfortunately, division and annual decline within the Christian faith has been ongoing for many years, particularly among the Protestant groups. Because patriotical, political, and social agendas—were used to link religious beliefs and practices—this initiated an odyssey where Christian people began to choose different religious camps. American values are NOT Christian values. America is a democracy and not a theocracy.
American values support our individual freedoms and liberties based on God-given rights. American values support a follower of Christ’s right to live like Christ lived upon the earth and in the United States. American values also support those who do not embrace the Christian faith and choose to exercise their freedoms and liberties in a lifestyle that is independent of the biblical God.
American values allow people to choose their own liberties and freedoms as long as they do not break the laws of the land. Every follower of Christ was not always a Christian and without the American values they would not have ever gotten a chance to freely choose and be transformed by Christian values.
As Christian we have been told for generations to vote our Christian values and keep America a place we feel comfortable living in, but do we do that in disregard to others? Abortion and homosexuality has been the only political agenda of any great importance to the Christian church or the Christian vote.
In the meantime, divorce rates, pornography usage, racism, hatred, lying, disparities among Christian brethren, and false doctrine has been allowed to run rampant in the public and private lives of the Christian community. Christians have no room to judge anyone and have much work to do within their own Christian Faith community.
Christians are commanded to uphold the laws of the land in which they live. The Declaration of Independence, not the bible, is part of the law of this country: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”
Americans uphold different religious worldviews and it is not up to the Christian Faith to force their worldviews on others. Christ won people over through love, lifestyle, and testimony. It is an honor that America chose the Judeo-Christian principles as a foundation for the moral code in this country, but it is up to the follower of Christ to fully live those principles in true righteousness.
When Christians vote, a suggested type of vote would be for American values that allow them to continue to freely choose to live the Christ-like lifestyle. In doing so, it may benefit someone or group they consider an enemy to their faith. But scriptures say God’s sun shines on and God allows his rain to pour on, both the righteous and unrighteous. Christians are to love their enemies and pray for them, not judge, persecute, or oppress them.
American is changing, but for Christians, Christ is the same yesterday, today, and always. Christians are taught to do unto others as they would want them to do unto them. Making America a place where there is freedom for all, ensures a continual freedom for followers of Christ to worship God as they please.
The way to change America is through evangelism and the love of God, not through judgment of others, forcing Christian beliefs, oppression, or looking out only for the comforts of the Christian faith and Christian people.
It would be good to change the laws of the land to support the Christian Faith, but it is better to have the Christian faith change the law in the hearts of people to reflect true Christ-like living and love among brethren.
Christians cannot legislate the heart through man-made laws and a true Christian knows that through their own heart transforming experiences enabled by the Holy Spirit.
Christians have more power than any other group in this country, especially with the aid of their powerful Creator-God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in actually supernaturally changing the hearts of man-kind and calling upon that power is what will make a better America.
Christians are being called to pray and seek God’s guidance, so that they will vote for the American values that will benefit the continual freedom of the Christian Faith practices. Think for yourself and with the leading of the Holy Spirit. Fight the good fight of faith and not one that you have inherited from man’s tradition instead of God’s command.
Vote your American values, so that Christian values may remain a continual free choice and practice by true followers of Christ.
Dr. Pensacola H. Jefferson