I think, after the infamous 6/26, we finally have the issue we need to rally Christians across the nation. The $135,000 fine against the Klein’s of Sweet Cakes by Melissa is just infuriating enough. They didn’t refuse service. They refused to participate in a ceremony that violates the tenets of their faith. Imposing a requirement that businesses owned by people of faith must violate their faith is an insane abuse of power. The Christians were not bigoted, or insensitive, and what they did was not malicious. They love God and don’t want to be forced to dishonor him. Christians are called to love their enemies, and not to harbor anger. For many Christians, though, this and other current events have caused great stress in living their calling.
If you need to catch up on the storm Christians are in, one need look no further than a copy of Todd Starnes, God Less America from just one year ago (May 2014). The Fox News Religion correspondent documents numerous attacks on the Christian faithful in America. What is occurring is reminiscent of Stalin’s Russia when you examine the waves attacks on Christianity. Regarding Sweet Cakes, Starnes posted on social media on July 6th,
First – they were fined $135,000 for not baking a cake for a lesbian wedding. NOW – the state of Oregon has slapped Sweet Cakes By Melissa with a gag order — forbidding them from talking about their opposition to gay marriage. Oregon official Brad Avakian said he wants to “rehabilitate” Aaron and Melissa Klein. So how does the government intend on rehabilitating all of us Christians? Reeducation camps? Conversion Shock Therapy? Incarceration?
The Democrats deserve to be blamed for shredding the rights of Christians in America. The Republicans deserve to be blamed for being weak and not having the backbone to support Christians who are under siege. Let’s look at what is happening to our somewhat fractious American Christianity from a demographic and political point of view. Christians of all races are being abused by “their party”.
The Democratic Party faithful booed at the 2012 convention when party leaders re-instituted language that included God into the party platform, although African-American Christians are a significant Democratic voting block. At the same time, it is also the Democratic Party that rabidly defends the theocratic fascism of Islam, the religion that condones and supports the killing and torture of many other Democratic affinity groups (i.e. LGBT, Christian). First NAFTA and now TPP will continue to push black working-class families into even harder economic conditions. Yet, primarily black churchgoers voted 95% in favor of Democrat candidates in the last 2 elections, even though the Democrats shredded the legal standing of Christian faithful on the topic of marriage and religious liberty. To say that the Democratic Party is hateful toward the interests of African-American Christians may be understated. It’s time to count the cost and cut ties to the Democratic Party
Luke 14:27-30 (NLT)
27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost…
Traditionally white Christian conservatives don’t fare so well with the Republican Party in 2015 either. Christian principals favor loving your neighbor, but Republicans support shipping jobs overseas in trade deals, economically injuring the entire working class in the U.S. Republicans talk a good game on religious liberty, but when political heat comes from corporate America they bailed out on RFRA legislation in Indiana and Arkansas in 2015. Christians fair only marginally better with the Republican Party, and the Christian Right is losing more traction every day in this party. The Republican Party is no champion for Christian’s interests in contentious social issues. It’s time to become unyoked from the Republican Party.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NLT)
14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?
15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?
16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court overturned the voters of Texas and the 14th Amendment to deny unborn citizens the right to life. In a 7-2 decision, the court elevated the “right to privacy” over the right to life, which is absurd to the Evangelical and Catholic faithful. On June 26th, 2015, the
Supreme Court tossed out the Constitution and invented brand new rights for a very small minority affinity group. The Democrats scored a victory against religious liberty, and the Republicans stood by and watched. The rightist political class wants nothing to do with any social issues in the 2016 election cycle, and they are struggling to bring up protecting believers.
Hispanic Americans are largely Christian Americans. A fairly sound majority of Hispanic Americans vote Democrat, but they are less tied to party and more able to be swayed by perceived benefactors. Still, Hispanic Americans are not at all well represented by either party. It looks like, politically, Hispanic Americans are actually better positioned to pay attention to the real Champion. Asian, Indian, Middle-eastern… everyone has a Champion, and His name is Jesus Christ. He doesn’t know us by our skin color, national origin or dialect.
Christ is our Champion because of what He’s already done, not what He may promise to one political affinity group over another. Jesus is not black, not white, not Hispanic nor any other race… He is the Son of God, and we are the children of God. When we come to His table, we are all equal, and He has already died for us. Politicians won’t even accept a dip in the polls for us. Why on earth have we not rallied behind our Lord, and died to the politics of this world?
Luke 9:23-26 (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Jesus has all authority. How could we not band together and vote for whoever facilitates our lives in Him and ministries that He put us here for? No political party is Christian. They have not earned the Christian vote, and we have a mandate to vote according to our faith. It’s time for the Christian Party. We have a duty that Jesus called us to, summarized in “The Two Greats” – the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission. It’s time for the Christian Party to do the work we were born to do.
(The Greatest Commandment) Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
(The Great Commission) Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Politicians have divided us long enough. Al Sharpton, Barak Obama, and Hillary Clinton work tirelessly to divide us. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the Bush clan have squandered our taxes waging foolish wars and negotiating away our hard-won states rights and safety net. A theocracy is not in view. A representative republic is very well suited to advance the cause of Christ. A theocracy actually works counter to the principal that God’s love works only if it is a free choice. Christians need a party that advances our interests in America, but anything short of sound recognition of our U.S. Constitutional core principals could never be acceptable.
Many will think this is a crazy idea on its face, but imaging the power we could harness for the benefit for all of the people; not the K-Street lobbyists. Instead of crushing the Christian majority, imagine a government that gave us a seat at the table commensurate with our voting power. Imagine a party where racism is over, where an economy empowers the people, and where freedom for all is elevated over specialized rights for powerful anti-Christian groups. It’s time for a Christian Party.
Matthew 18:18-20 (NLT)
18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.
19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.
20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
Until Christ returns, we are to be stewards of the world God gave us. We are called to be good citizens of our nation, to pay our honest share of taxes, and to worship freely. We’re called to love our enemies, political and otherwise, and assure they have a seat at the table just as we have. We’re called to put Him first, and put our personal desires far down the list of priorities. It’s time to cut ties with the 2 parties in the U.S. It’s time for a Christian Party.