March 2, 2021 | Dave Kubal, President/CEO of IFA
Did you have a chance to watch President Trump’s address to CPAC on Sunday evening? He addressed a crowd of faithful conservatives attending the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Orlando, Florida. The speech was over an hour long, ranging from policy topics to critiquing his opponents to addressing the important philosophical underpinnings of our nation.
As I listened to the speech a couple of themes became clear. The first is that he describes the people who support him as being a part of a “movement.” In fact, he mentioned the word movement nine different times, qualifying the movement as “our” movement. A movement can be defined as a group of people committed to a series of acts working toward a desired end and reform.
It was this hope of reform that resonated with so many Americans. To many this reform meant a less intrusive government that truly sought justice and did not protect wrongdoers. This large group of people – Christian or not – seemed connected with Romans 13:4, which describes the government as “agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Many feel this desire for justice was unfulfilled. But the real victory of the past four years is the obvious exposure of the corruption and injustice in our government.
The question is will “our” movement see this justice carried out to completion? In hindsight, I now believe it was naïve of us to think a Washington outsider could have fixed all of the corruption in just four years.
One thing has become crystal clear: government corruption cannot be rooted out by one person. From my perspective, which is almost solely based upon looking at the Church, the time for us as believers in Christ to fight for godly values has never been more important. In the past few years there has certainly been an energized core, but we MUST take a stand today.
Why the urgency now? We have watched Executive Order after Executive Order come from the White House that offend, delegitimize, and threaten Christian beliefs. The House of Representatives has passed a demonic bill, HR 5, that attempts to redefine God’s created order. Further, this issue must be settled before the next election. At the very least, state legislators must put into place ironclad legislation to prevent fraud in the future.
Believers in Christ have to recognize that God did create government and we MUST be involved in praying for and encouraging godly government so “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tm 2:2-4) Our ability to lead peaceful lives is directly connected to our ability to share the Gospel!
The second theme of his speech revolved around the concept of “values” or “convictions” that define the characteristics of this movement (and the Republican party). He specifically addressed these values in his speech by saying, “We are committed to defending innocent life and upholding the Judeo-Christian values of our founding fathers…free thought. We stand up to political correctness…and cancel culture. We know the rule of law is the ultimate safeguard. And we affirm that the Constitution means exactly what it says…”
Protection of the unborn. The values of the Bible. Freedom to express our beliefs. The rule of law. The Constitution as it was written.
These are the values that President Trump describes as core elements of this movement.
Now this is where I get in trouble with those on the left side of the political spectrum. I get in trouble when people read into articles like this that I am endorsing a candidate (or a future candidate). The truth is that I am endorsing the values of the Bible and I am supporting ANY elected official – current or future – who upholds these values.
God is neither a Republican or Democrat. God is God and He is above all party politics. He calls His Church to be engaged in culture today—sharing the Gospel, caring for the poor, AND being engaged in the political arena.
We pray for all politicians – current and future – to embrace the God of the Bible and seek to secure the freedom of the Church to follow Christ.
Dear Intercessor, don’t be dismayed by what has occurred over the past months. Let’s pray for the Church to pursue a mighty movement that encourages Judeo-Christian values in the civil arena of our American culture. Will you join me?
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