Is It Time for a Christian Party?

Unwilling to worship at the alter of LGBT
Unwilling to worship at the alter of LGBT

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.

700x357GodLessAmericaIf 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”.

2012 Convention shows Democrat's true colors.
2012 Convention shows Democrat’s true colors.

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…

Speaker John Boehner & Senate Majority Leader McConnell
Speaker John Boehner & Senate Majority Leader McConnell

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.

Right to life defeated
Right to life defeated

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

Traditional Marriage defeated
Traditional Marriage defeated

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.

American voters
American voters

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.

“God’s people” includes us all

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.

When God is first, we have no political affiliation
When God is first, we have no political affiliation

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,

Party can never come before God (Exodus 20:3)
Party can never come before God (Exodus 20:3)

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.

Founded on seeking religious liberty
Founded on seeking religious liberty

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.

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14 comments

  1. a Christian should do what Christ tells them to do:

    Love Your Enemies
    Luke…29″Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.
    30″Give to EVERYONE who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
    31″Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

    and regarding the lawsuits against the so called “Christian” bakeries

    Love Your Enemies
    Matthew…39″But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
    40″If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
    41″Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.…

    • Great point, Paul. 2 actually. I’m more inclined toward the unification of Christians and voting together. The other was simply a posit to get opinions and reactions, though I would most likely align myself with a party that advanced Biblical positions. You have two, very much bathed in Scripture. Thanks.

  2. I like that you put a lot of research and intellect into your posts. I agree that neither side represents the Believer nor have they chosen to make the nation blessed by declaring The Lord as their God. I am also dismayed by people claiming a side to be religious when both the party and the self-professed Christian are anything but. It’s very easy for people to claim I believe IN God, but in reality, how many people actually BELIEVE God.

    Perhaps if Christians were truly seeking His Kingdom, His righteousness, and living and representing the Kingdom life here on earth, they’d be too busy than to be caught up in self-identifying with a worldly system.
    So obviously I agree with cutting ties to these parties.

    • Thanks for your feedback. I especially liked your point “how many people actually BELIEVE God”. I know I am selfish to the core, so it takes applied time in the spiritual disciplines to get a Jesus mindset. I actually have to make an appointment in the calendar of my iPhone. Thanks again!

  3. Christian party? I can hear the accusations of Communism already! Could America’s Christian values overcome their Capitalistic values that have been thoroughly drenched in patriotism 10 times over? I suspect it could be a tough sell … but something’s definitely got to give in the US system.

    I complain about the lack of democracy in Canada’s electoral system, but it pales in comparison to what you have to deal with in the US. My thoughts are with you, my southern neighbour!

    • Thanks, my friend. I think both of our countries are flirting with some kind of pseudo-socialist thought suppression. Did you read the Todd Starnes quote? Oregon intends thought “rehabilitation” for the Kleins. Disagree ≠ hate. They just don’t want to be forced to participate in a ceremony that dishonors their God’s word. Maybe our solution is to become a more important political commodity.

      • Over here it seems to be leaning more toward fascism. We could use a bump back into a more socialist direction.

        Why would they be asked to participate in the ceremony? I thought it was typically just the cake that attends the ceremony, not the bakers.

      • I have 2 thoughts there. (1) Any support could be misread as affirmation, which violates the principles of one’s Christian witness 1 Corinthians 8:13 & Mark 9:42-50. (2) I’m in a position, as a minister with training, where when I baked the cake and delivered it, I would use the opportunity as a teaching moment… A moment available to all couples so as not to discriminate. It really is a personal decision and spiritually precarious. It’s nothing the state has any more business in.

        Fining will serve little other purpose than a very temporary intoxication on power for condescending fools. Christians have been fleeing CA, NY and other commie states for just this reason. Now, CA and NY are crumbling because the ran off all the Christians… Oregon is next.

      • I would be more understanding if they didn’t wish to put two same-gendered figurines on top, or do writing in icing about the event on the cake. But to not make the cake does seem to oppose loving one’s neighbour. Now, I don’t know all the details, and stories that fall along such hot topic lines often are skewed versions of what actually happened, but there is certainly a lot of bad blood on both sides of the debate to be wary of.

        As for the ‘rehabilitation’ – is this an area that has ‘rehabilitation’ for non-heterosexual people to be straightened out? If so, then that punishment would actually be pretty fair.

        Not quite sure about your ‘commie states’ comment, as Jesus’ idea of how to live actually is quite along the lines of a pure communism (not the failed ‘communisms’ with a centralized power to become corrupt).

        From my experiences, Christians seem prone to lower morality. Understanding this paradox was a big reason why I became so curious about the religion, as I had previously expected that Christians should be better at living moral lives.

      • It gets pretty hair-splitting. There have been several of these cases where LGBT couples have intentionally gone after Christian-owned businesses. Funny, they don’t go to Muslim bakeries in Dearborn… hmm.

        The accusation of “hate” assumes that law-enforcement can look into the minds of the accused. The Christians don’t hate anyone. They are simply living their faith. I’ve seen the interviews… these people haven’t set out to hurt anyone. They will sell gay couples anything in the shop, except the one thing that the LGBT couples insist on.

        The LGBT response is not about civil rights. It is about victimizing Christians. It won’t last, and there will be a backlash.

        Curious… Knowing that participating in a “gay wedding” would violate the tenets of the Christians, why are these LGBT couples insisting on services from Christian wedding providers (cakes, photography). That is forcing Christians into an impossible situation, and the LGBT couples know it. This looks a lot more like an LGBT hate-crime against the Christians.

        I get why. The Bible is very clear about homosexuality. The LGBT community can’t stick it to God, so they sue for hate-fines for fake crimes. No Christian alive today had anything to do with writing the rules of their faith. This is 2000-years old, and it is God’s Word.

        Finally, as to moral lives, I counsel mostly Christians, but some non-Christians as well. I’ve done the research, and there is a fairly even moral divide inside or outside the church. What is different, is the Christians know they have sin, and hopefully they are working toward holiness and grateful for the forgiveness of Christ. I know fake Christians, and real ones. They’re just people and the real ones certainly don’t assert any superiority.

      • I would suspect that your observation about a fairly even moral divide. I think my perspective of Christians coming across as less moral has to do with my expectations that people who have a book that is often cited as THE source of morality should have a better education on morality and be able to apply it more successfully.

        As for LGBT not going after Muslim bakeries, I think the LGBT aggressiveness comes as a retaliation for the Christian privledge/LGBT oppression from over the years of Christianity’s stronghold on policy and society. I don’t condone such action, but I can understand where it may be coming from.

        I still don’t quite get how making a cake is participating in marrying a same-sex couple. If they were providing a minister or church, the refusal would be understandable. They make cakes. How often does a cake influence in any way whether people marry or not?

        Also, were there other comparable secular cake shops in town? If there were, then yes, targeting a Christian cake shop to make a scene is a jerk move. If not, then I would likely give the award for ‘jerk move’ to the cakery. But again, I don’t know all the details of the story and I know how the media earns their money by making stories seem more controversial than they necessarily are.

        I think part of the trouble is that people have become hypersensitive to anything that might infringe on what they perceive to be their rights.

        Also, if gay marriage isn’t accepted by God, wouldn’t the cakery simply be making a cake for a make-believe event? Why do Christians feel threatened by same-sex marriage? Where’s the Christian grace?

      • Great feedback. I expanded on our thread in my latest post. Thanks again for your candor, and being unafraid to let me be real.

      • as a pastor, does your ministry have 501c-3 status? if so , you do realize it is illegal for you to engage in politics.

      • I’m secure in my status. There is no political activity. Postulating about a non-existent entity or writing opinions violates no tax laws.

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