Mixing Politics and Religion, part 2

Let’s play Name that Author:

The growth of government dependency, the displacement of personal responsibility for government responsibility, and the unraveling of the American family all have moved in lockstep.

And our moral bankruptcy and fiscal bankruptcy are occurring together.

The fiscal viability of entitlement programs is driven by the assumption that those who work can pay for those who are retired. But as life spans increase while we produce fewer children, as a result of self centered lifestyles and abortion, our moral bankruptcy produces our fiscal bankruptcy.

Hmmm, you say.  Is it a pastor?  Perhaps Billy Graham or Chuck Swindoll?  Could it be some conservative white male commentator who was raised in privilege and spouts the party line because he just doesn’t understand what life is really like for the poor and minorities?

Here’s another quote from the same author, on the subject of American blacks today:

 “Uncle Sam has developed a sophisticated poverty plantation, operated by a federal government, overseen by bureaucrats, protected by media elite, and financed by the taxpayers. The only difference between this plantation and the slave plantations of the antebellum South is perception.”

Yikes!  I hope this person isn’t running for office, because the media will blow their “Racism” whistles faster than you can say “Jackie Robinson.”

As a matter of fact, SHE did run for office last year, as a Republican representative from California’s 37th district.  She lost to the incumbent Democratic representative, but garnered over 22% of the vote–nothing to sniff at for a first-time Congressional candidate.

Who is she?  Her name is Star Parker.   The first quote above is from her recent online editorial at Townhall.com.  She is an African American, a former drug-addict, thief, prostitute, and welfare mom who only decided to keep her baby after having had four previous abortions.  She sums up the story of her early life in this video:

Do you understand now why she has the right to claim that our moral bankruptcy has produced the financial one?  Did you catch what happened when, as a new Christian, she was challenged to trust God to supply her needs?  Yes.  She immediately withdrew her name from the welfare rolls.  She has authored three books, including Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From  Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger (Gallery Books, 1998)  and the book from which the second quote above was taken, Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It (Thomas Nelson, 2003).

Last week I proposed that there is a time for political statements to be made from the pulpit.  Perhaps there is also a time for a religious statement to be made in the political arena.  At the very least, there is a need for people of faith to boldly step into that arena with the message that government is not the messiah, and cannot save us.

Our government can serve real, practical and godly purposes…but any government is only as good as the people it governs and the representatives they elect.  In a culture of instant gratification, ever-increasing appetites for decadence, and no transcendent hope or altruistic love, what else can we expect but to devolve into a crass, lazy, dependent society, which sells its collective soul for free cell phones and soda pop?

You may find this quote rather pragmatic and uninspiring for a Sunday, but it contains much truth nonetheless:

“The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.”

                           —Alexis de Tocqueville, (Democracy in America, vol. II 1840)

I take de Tocqueville to mean exclusively one’s OWN well-being in that quote.  Which raises the question: how are we, as Christian citizens, striving to ‘purify, control and restrain’ our own lust for comfort?  One fairly obvious way is to spend more of our time looking out for the spiritual, moral and physical well-being of our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces.  And this may involve politics as well as ministry.


3 responses to “Mixing Politics and Religion, part 2

  1. Excerpt from a prayer by Thomas Jefferson (March 4, 1801. Washington, DC):

    “Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.”

    GBL, you stated: “but any government is only as good as the people it governs and the representatives they elect.” AMEN to that.

    As a community of faith, we’ve allowed the argument to become rooted that people of faith have no role in public office. Somehow by having them in office, there is some crisis of “separation of Church and State”, which is the most misinterpreted phrase of all time.

    Our decline as a society and as a nation began with our departure from faith and morality. It’s time to get back to those tenets.

  2. Pingback: Star Parker – a true story of hope and change. | The Peanut Gallery

  3. God bless Star! What a powerful witness she is. her Congressional loss is not a loss in God’s eyes. Obviously he has other beautiful plans for this internaly and externally beautiful woman who speaks with clarity and conviction.

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