A Better Question: Is Jesus Interested in Defending Widows and Orphans?
There are many things in this fallen world I do not like. I don’t like pulling weeds, I don’t like bugs eating our garden, I don’t like the continual pull toward temptation that I must always be on guard against, and I do not like the socialists and homosexuals altering our culture by their continual war against our children and against righteousness–I wish they would all go home, be nice people, and leave us alone. I also do not like politics. But as much as I do not like any of these things, I must nevertheless deal with them all.
God requires us to protect the widow and orphan,1 to defend the weak and helpless, to stand up for the rights of the unfortunate.2 In what arena are the rights of such people trampled upon? One neighbor might oppress another, but there is a broader arena, a subtler way that defenseless people are taken advantage of–The civil and political arena. In what arena must the battle be waged to defend the rights of the poor, the orphan and widow?–civil and political. This requirement laid upon us by God requires that we (the people of God) be involved in and win in the civil and political realm.
I believe the civil and political arena must be engaged by God’s people, for there is no area of life that is not rightfully under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Abraham Kuyper said it like this:
God is present in all life with the influence of His omnipresent and almighty power, and no sphere of human life is conceivable in which religion does not maintain its demands that God shall be praised, that God’s ordinances shall be observed, and that every labor shall be permeated with its ora in fervent and ceaseless prayer. Wherever man may stand, whatever he may do, to whatever he may apply his hand, in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science, he is, in whatsoever it may be, constantly standing before the face of his God, he is employed in the service of his God, he has strictly to obey his God, and above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God.
The civil and political realm is part of the culture Jesus told us to disciple when he said to disciple the nations and teach them ALL he commanded.
I see several problems with God’s people when it comes to transforming the civil and political realm.
First, a large portion of the Western Church believes the world is being taken over by Evil, and there is not much, if anything, that can be done about it.
Secondly, among the smaller portion who does not hold such a pessimistic view of the future, some believe Christians should NOT be involved in politics; these, out of principle, what principle, I do not know, DO NOT EVEN VOTE.
And a more fundamental and foundational problem is this–85% of Evangelical Christians send their children to the state run educational system where they are successfully inculcated into socialism, statist tendencies, and a worldview that assumes God is unimportant and unnecessary in education and in the world beyond education; they are taught this because God and the Lord Jesus Christ are systematically excluded from the classroom by federally appointed curricula and laws that forbid a child or teacher so much as to have a Bible on their desk. Add to this that these government-schooled-Christian-children are marinated in ungodly morals as they are surrounded by ungodly children; they suffer harm as consequence of such influences (Prov. 13:20). In these ways these Christian children are crippled in their worldview. They grow into adults, not with a Christian worldview, but with that worldview inculcated in them over twelve years of thirty hours per week of indoctrination. Humanist Charles F. Potter writes,
“Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?”
(Charles F. Potter, “Humanism: A New Religion,” 1930)
This influence and indoctrination raises graduating class after graduating class to be, not effective Christians, but humanists, even as they profess Christianity; they do not have a Christian worldview. See the Nehemiah Institute for hard data and undeniable facts.
These realities makes it very difficult for such citizens to make any real difference in the culture, since they themselves have a humanistic/socialistic worldview even as they profess Christianity.
Without a Christian oriented population, righteous laws will be difficult to enact and difficult to retain. Our efforts to defend the widow and orphan and deliver the poor and needy will be difficult and the results of our efforts short-lived. To win the battle, Christians must have a Christian worldview. For the Christian citizen to have a Christian worldview he must study to discover where he has been duped by the culture (education, media, etc.) and led into a non-Christian worldview in various areas of thought and practice. We must also raise generations of Christians who have a truly Christian worldview. To raise such generations, we Christians must cease and desist sending our children to the government schools (aka public schools).
Christians are called to be responsible citizens. This means that some Christians should diligently seek public office for God’s honor and the benefit of the people. All Christians should support godly candidates and also vote. Anything less is:
“Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”
When good men do nothing, evil triumphs by default!
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Read the ICCP topic Concerning God’s Law for All Societies.
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1. Isaiah 1:17, 23
2. Isaiah 26:6; Proverbs 31:9; 30:14