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Copyright 2016 by Wayne Stegall
Updated February 23, 2016.  See Document History at end for details.

Salt Required

The real reason conservatives are losing the battle for America

Conservatives like me justifiably feel we are losing America.  If only we tried harder pitched our political message more effectively or done something else better we could hold or regain ground.  Some others advocate some kind of compromise to get voters from other voting groups.  However, the root cause keeps eroding while we try to bail water out of the ship.  What is this root cause?  Consider some recent statistics.  Percentages in the eighties favor the Christian religion.  43 percent or so actually go to church.  Since all western conservatism is based on Bible in some way or another, the prevalence of Christianity in our culture should ensure conservatism's victory.  And yet it doesn't.  Why?  Consider another statistic I heard recently.  Asked if they would commit fornication if opportunity arose, two-thirds of Christian singles said they would.

In reality we are losing this battle in the Church.  Apparently the Church has lost its moral influence on two-thirds of it followers.  How then could it sway the masses?  Jesus said

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)

Yet other sayings of Jesus illustrate why the Church has lost it influence.  Consider Matthew 24:45-51

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. [italics mine]

First focus in on the phrase "and to eat and drink with the drunken."  Application here is that many ministers fail to stand against sin or to solicit repentance from those under them because they have an unholy peer relationship with sinners.  They allow everyone their sin because they are afraid to offend anyone.  Then they defend their complicity with sin on the basis that Jesus also "ate and drank with sinners."  However Jesus's behavior was not complicity with others' sin.  Consider:

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,  And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.  (John 2:24-25)

Furthermore Jesus expressed concerned that faith would dwindle

Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8)

So Jesus's inferred prediction has come to pass and diminished the Church.  Bible criticism has replaced faith in the Bible in many places in the Church and where the Bible is regarded as a fable still useful for one's spiritual quest, the Church has lost its concern about sin and has lost its power to influence society.  Then the compromise with sin first mentioned becomes normal and acceptable.

Now focus on the phrase "And shall begin to smite his fellowservants."  This represents unloving acts that harm the reputation of the Church.  Although this is not generally the way of the Church, the animal side of human nature makes some of these things occasionally unavoidable.  Consider that the reputation of the Catholic priesthood1 has been greatly harmed by a pedophile scandal.  I think too in some other area of the Church when some leave off the proper duty to warn people to flee from the wrath of God and think they should operate it themselves, they create great possibility of harm to the reputation of the Church.  This known to occur in some local congregations outside of mainstream Christianity to maintain strict discipline.  All of these violate the second command of Christianity:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)

At this point some confuse human love with that which is divine:  the former a social instinct of the human animal, the latter something spiritual which for lack of a better description could be called redemptive kindness.  Many things done for the sake of human love often with the cover of spirituality are not even remotely redemptive.  Instead God's love is unchangeably bound to righteousness.   Love without righteousness and without its redemptive wisdom is not real love.  Likewise an appearance of righteousness without love is "as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."  (1 Corinthians 13:1)  In this light, it is kind to arrest and punish criminals (where the law is just) and to offend sinners with preaching against sin.  Consider that the recent rape of European women by refugees recently befriended shows some kind of foolishness characteristic of inadequacy of mere human love.

Where does all this lead?  If the Church continues to depart from faith and its influence continue to diminish, politics will follow.  Without enough voters to support conservatism, the Republican Party will either become a permanent minority party or become liberal itself to survive.   Even when disgruntled voters want a change, they chose one away from God only to a hole deeper than before.  A change toward God instead one of mind and heart is the only one that will save.  So too, the time is short because the forces of darkness are plotting a point of no return, a point of departure that the wise already see on the horizon.

It is time for the clergy of the Church to redeem themselves and their followers by returning to faith and opposition to sin that is proper to the True Church.  Then politics would follow. 

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;2
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

Act before it is too late.

1I have no regard for denominational labels.  I am not picking on anyone here.
2Although I believe the plagues on our nation directly stem from the consequences of sin, the principle is still the same.

Document History
February 22, 2016  Created.
February 23, 2016  Added wording to clarifiy the idea that some operate the wrath of God.