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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

So We Gotta Save America?

SO WHAT ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE IN AMERICA: DO WE GOTTA SAVE AMERICA?

Are we supposed to believe God wants to "save" America?

First let me say, I am certainly no authority on this subject. I am only reading from others who have a much better point of view than I do. I have never tried to deal with the POLITICAL issues very much. James D. Kennedy was great about this matter.

I do get angry over the affairs of government, but I also get angry over the affairs of our Christian circles that seem to be buying into policy over theological significance. To think God is pleased that Christian leaders are willing to set aside theological differences, to believe there are bigger issues now, we can argue about theology later, we need to save our country, is just crazy.

Over the years, I have noticed that many Christian leaders have set aside certain theological, biblical issues for what they believe are for the betterment of our society, our country, or even better for the gospel. Many pastors, Christian leaders, Fundamental and Evangelical leaders have signed on and got on board with a number of efforts to bring together our country on several issues.

Some believe America's current condition has far more problems to be so concerned with theological differences. In other words, we need to sit down with Glenn Beck as an example and listen to what he is saying about our political climate. He is saying, (I might say, he might be correct about America's current problems.) When Christian leaders say "if we don't hang together we'll hang separately," at first you might be in agreement with that statement. After all that was the purpose of the Moral Majority of years ago. In other words the solution is having the right Political party in office, and the right policy; and it's not a theological issue.

Do we really believe that companies are more interested in consumers than they are about themselves and making money? Do you really believe different and new regulations will cause them to make it better for consumers? Of course, not.

Do you really believe any media personality -- Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, (who I do like) or Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, any broadcast journalist, any who have shows where they can put in their own point of view really have solutions to the current condition of our country? Really!!

Can I tell you this: these journalists' point of view is through their religious grid. They frame their views and their conversation in terms of their belief system, be it Mormonism or Catholicism.

May I say, Mormonism is the most polytheistic religion ever devised by man, and any view point of the current situation America is in, that flows from that religion, will not have the true God in view for the solution.

And as a side point: do you not think these new movies many Christians are seeing are filled with the same points of view. (Such as the Twilight movies.) They are framing the movies to show their religious views.

We are told we are in a critical time in our nation's history. Really! Do we really believe things are going to get better? Unless you believe having a Supreme Court nominee in 2010 be a homosexual is getting America on the right course. Do you believe she will view the laws of the land without her view of her sexual preference?

Do you believe as a Pastor/Teacher, and as a believer in a Sovereign God, that I would not view the current condition America is in without seeing it in the viewpoint of the Word of God?

I mean really, do you really believe that the banking regulation is a higher priority than the Gospel?

Do you really believe the nominee to the Supreme Court is more significant than having godly men in the podium (oh, we don't have those anymore, do we) on Sunday, teaching the Word of God and that God's purpose is far more significant than any view point of any journalist?

Really, do you really believe if we had a complete turnaround in Congress that we would have a better America? Do you really believe America is going to be a better place to live? I will say this, personally, I am rather happy to be living in America, and in Ohio, and in Portsmouth. (I can't believe I said that). Personally, I have never been as satisfied as I am now.

While I must say, I thank God for the James Kennedy and those journalists who believe they are called to "save the country from the current president and congress" I also must say, they may have really missed the diagnosis of the current problems this country has.

Could the current "crises" we are having be exactly what God intends to happen? Just saying, maybe God has placed people in their positions of leadership in our government as a means of accomplishing His will for America.

Oh by the way, how has God suggested that we save America? Glenn Beck? The Tea Party? The Republicans? A new style of Christianity?

  • The Tea Party was a Canadian
    rock band with blues, progressive rock, Indian and Middle Eastern influences, dubbed "Moroccan roll" by the media.
  • The Tea Party protests are a series of protests across the United States beginning in early 2009. The protests are part of a nascent, larger anti-tax political movement called the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party focuses on smaller government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms and upholding the constitution.
  • Maybe Christians were called to be salt and light and to proclaim the gospel to all people. Would you say God chooses to use the gospel to save any nation, isn't that His business?

    God is not going to save America folks? God is in the business of bringing lost souls to Himself. Mankind is bent on self destruction. Ten years from now, America will be worse than it is today. Because mankind will not turn from their sinful ways, and turn to the God of the Bible, and will not listen to the teachings of Jesus Christ until they have been converted.

    Posted by Charles e. Whisnant