Building something “Godly”

Next Tuesday is election day in America and churches everywhere are publishing voter’s guides and encouraging their members to “get out and vote” because, apparently, our primary purpose is to put a stop to everything from same-sex marriages to cussin’. After all, the mantra goes, this is a “Christian Nation” and we need to reclaim it for God. Well, consider this: A new Harris poll reveals that 42 percent of Americans are not “absolutely certain” there even is a God, you can read a complete story about it here.

thidbutton.jpgNow, this is disturbing news, of course. But if our immediate response is to “elect godly leaders” then we are waaay off base. Elected officials — even “godly” ones — can’t fix what ails America. The problem with America is sin. God alone has the ability to effectively deal with that.

Look in Scripture. Find the passages that instruct believers to “fix” mankind through the political process (I can save you some time — it’s not in there). Now find the passages where believers are instructed to make disciples, to teach of the things of God, to boldly proclaim His name and to get into the fields that are white unto harvest. You see my point?

We have become so consumed with manipulating the behavior of Americans through the force of elected officials that we have neglected introducing them to the One who has the power to change them completely. As believers we need to consume ourselves with His will and His glory. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Let’s concern ourselves with the things of God and stop allowing the temporal things of man to distract us from our purpose. As believers we should be obsessed with building a “godly” church and leave the nation in God’s hands. Remember, we serve the King of kings regardless of who occupies some office in Washington.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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