This letter is written to you, as an engaged Christian, and I also encourage you to, where appropriate, send to your pastor, church elder, or leader to engage them in our movement for biblical citizenship.
As Bible-believing Christians we lament the direction of our declining culture – the increasing celebration of sin, the lack of pursuit of godliness, and the assault on truth.
There are many reasons for this, but I would argue that the primary reason we don’t see much light in our culture is because Christians have increasingly hid theirs, looking more and more like the rest of the world.
Christ warned of this: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
The “saltiness” of the Church has nothing to do with the number of people who fill its pews. Instead it has to do with the “flavor” of its believers- their willingness to stand apart and be different.
So, let me ask you this: are you using your influence as a church leader to help fellow believers be different?
My hope is that you are, but the sad truth is that many are abandoning that call. Instead many churches are watering down the Gospel, essentially ripping pages out of the Bible, in order to be more like the world.
The result of this abandonment of biblical truths is seen clearly in the political landscape.
Consider what the Democrat nominee for Lt. Governor, Sara Riggs Amico, said recently, “I know that confuses a lot of people to be a pro-labor, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-gay rights Christian. I personally think it’s quite consistent with my beliefs.”
Like Amico, the nominee for Governor, Stacey Abrams, is also campaigning extensively on her faith background despite holding beliefs that run counter to Scripture. Down the ticket, others also point to their faith as well as a belief system that undermines that faith, like Representative Sam Park, who said, “I’m a gay, Christian, Korean man sitting in the intersection of faith, sexual orientation and ethnicity.”
Now, I want to be clear: I am not here to say that Amico, Abrams, Park, or those who agree with them are not people of faith. However, I do want to say that those views are entirely inconsistent with the Scripture that guides the Christian faith.
The Bible is abundantly clear from Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, and more that homosexuality is an affront to God’s design. Just as it is true that “all have sinned,” including myself, it is true, from Scripture that God views homosexuality as a sin and violation of His law.
Similarly, Scripture is also clear about the importance of life (Psalm 139:13-16), the responsibility of parents (Proverbs 22:6), the mandate to protect young children (Matthew 18:6), and God’s intentional design of gender (Genesis 5:2).
Yet, despite this clarity, the leftist ticket is running in direct opposition to these tenants- all while claiming a Christian faith.
So, how did we get here?
The Church, once a clear voice on the issues of the day, began shrinking away from cultural battles. And, we are seeing the sad results. Polling shows that the values and beliefs of evangelical Christians are increasingly moving toward those of the rest of the world. The story is even worse when you specifically look at younger evangelicals- barely indistinguishable from non-believers.
Frequently, pastors or study leaders will push away discussion of cultural issues, deeming them “too political.” Yet, when those issues aren’t spoken to in the churches, it’s easy for the ideology of the world to take root. When church leaders refuse to speak about sexuality, God’s intentional design, the value of human life from conception, or the calling He places on parents, Christians will look to fill the vacuum of information from sources outside of Scripture.
That’s why I am writing to you. No, the Bible is not a political book, and it doesn’t say whether Christians should vote Republican or Democrat. But, it does lay out a clear set of principles and values that believers should stand for. It’s time for the Church to, once again, find its voice on these issues.
As a church leader, I’m asking you to help the Church regain its “saltiness.” Speak on cultural issues within a biblical context. Talk about the Christians’ role in culture. And, make it clear that positions counter to Scripture cannot come from a position of Christian faith!
This coming election is a great opportunity for you, as a church leader, to address this. It’s appropriate, legal, and biblical to encourage your congregation to engage in voting, look at where the candidates stand on issues vital to our faith, and to stand up for our values.
We want to partner with you and serve you in this effort. In the coming months, we will be unveiling our plans to establish an active network of church leaders, and, if you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It breaks my heart to see the way our culture has gone. However, it breaks my heart all-the-more to see issues counter to Scripture be claimed by people of faith. The Church needs to do more. We need to embrace the call to be “salt” and “light.” It’s time to awaken.
For a Stronger Church,
President and Executive Director
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