Analogous of the old “Star Wars” movies, a majority of the Evangelicals has gone over to the dark side, embracing the fear, anger, and hatred that is inherent in the unforgiving “eye for an eye” attitude of the Father’s Old Covenant Law of Moses. Jesus said, “I am come a light into the world … “(John 12:46). The law of Moses became the “dark side” only in contrast to the light brought into the world by the Son through the forgiving grace and mercy of His New Covenant (Heb. 8:13).
A little more than a decade ago, the church was a pleasant place to be, surrounded by kind and joyful people glorifying in the grace of Jesus Christ. But then, the Fox News Network began gaining popularity. Christians began flocking to the Network because it seemed to validate their religious lives and give their faith in Jesus a national forum.
Unfortunately, the Fox News Network wasn’t designed or intended to glorify Jesus. The Network was designed to inflame the righteous anger of Christians against sinners for the sole purpose of manipulating Christians into supporting the Republican Party. The Republican Party has used the issues of homosexuality and abortion for decades, but it wasn’t until the Fox News Network brought their proselytizing into the living rooms of Christians that those issues became a full-fledged false doctrine of punishing sinners.
For democrats, the church eventually became an uncomfortable place to be. Those formerly kind and joyful people became angry and harsh, preferring the dark and punishing old law of Moses to the light and merciful new law of Christ (Luke 6:27-38). Those people became more inclined to share imagined, violent scenarios with each other in which they felt justified in disobeying Jesus, rather than glorifying in His grace. The topic of angry discussion became whatever “atrocity” against Christians was on the Fox News Network, from a contrived “war on Christmas” to the latest “liberal” court ruling that gave sinners equal protection under the law.
Shortly after the tragedy in Orlando, I saw two Baptist pastors on the “Rachael Maddow Show” who applauded that massacre and said that all homosexuals should be lined up against a wall and shot, because the Bible commands that homosexuals be put to death. Like adultery, the Old Covenant law of Moses does punish homosexuality with death (Lev. 20:13), but just as Jesus set the adulteress free from the law of Moses, He also set all of His followers free through His New Covenant by declaring that anyone justified by the law of Moses is fallen from grace (Gal. 5:4).
Contrary to what the republicans say, democrats have a better claim to being real Christians than do the republicans. Democrats refuse to punish sinners, not because they approve of sin, but because Jesus came into the world to save sinners, not to condemn and destroy them (John 12:47). Certainly, those two Pastors who would put sinners to death have no legitimate claim to being real Christians. Just like the Republican Party, those pastors have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (2 Tim. 3:5). They must know that the Father put all things into the hand of His Son (John 3:35), but they deny the Son the power and authority to delay the punishing of sinners until the day of judgment (2 Pet. 2:9), like He did with the adulteress (John 8:11).
The anger and hatred that is running rampant in our nation was certainly worsened by widespread unemployment and other factors, but that anger and hatred originated from the Republican Party, through the church. The political strategy of the Republican Party and the Fox News Network is to radicalize Christians against sinners so that Christians will support only those political candidates who pledge to pass laws against sinners. Radical Christianity and radical Islam differ only in the degree of violence they inspire.
Worldly politics has no place in the church, so it is with some trepidation that I urge democrats to more actively confront and resist republicans in churches. This might cause a scene, but Jesus Himself caused a scene in church when He drove the moneychangers out of the Temple for using His house of prayer for monetary gain (Mat. 21:12). Christian democrats and democrat Evangelicals must follow the example of Jesus and find a way to drive the Fox News Network and the Republican Party out of the church for using the Lord’s houses of prayer for worldly political gain.
Jesus requires His followers to do absolutely nothing in exchange for His free gift of grace through faith, and any doctrine that requires Christians to take any punitive action against sinners is false because the only difference between Christians and sinners is that the sins of Christians have been forgiven. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). There, but for the grace of the Son of God, go I.