About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
you disregard this article, give it some thought.
Allow the Bible, not your national culture, to formulate your
1978 I became interested in the American political movement called the
Conservative Christian Right. After
moving to a
parents' generation of Evangelical Christians criticized the liberal
church for its social gospel. Those
in the Conservative Christian Right, including me, blamed my parents'
generation of Evangelicals for the West's departure from Christian
1988 a well-known international Bible teacher told me that if Pat
Robertson won the 1988
admit to my error. There is
no Biblical support for Christianizing a nation through social/political
means. It has never worked.
In Christ's name, the fourth century Emperor Constantine, the
dark age of Catholicism, the sixteenth century Reformers, and others,
failed miserably in their attempts to Christianize their respective
cultures through social/political means.
In each case, such activism severely hurt the church.
Great Commission of Matthew 28:19 mandates us to Christianize
individuals, not nations, and that through the preaching of the gospel,
for only the gospel has the power to change a life, as Romans 1:16
"For I am not
ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to
everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek."
Mark 16:20 shows that
this mandate is a co-operative effort between Jesus and us.
We preach the gospel and Jesus speaks to the hearts of those to
whom we preach.
"And they [the
disciples] went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with
them and confirmed the word by the accompanying signs."
If preaching a
social/political gospel can be considered giving to Caesar what belongs
to Caesar, then, preaching Jesus' gospel can be considered giving to
Jesus what belongs to Jesus. That
being true, being a Jesus activist trumps being a social/political
activist in our present day's Caesar culture.