Equipping Believers with the Word of God
Now that we have a Biblical foundation to the issue of Racism, we must take some time to look at some of the political “baggage” that invariably attaches itself to this issue. Before we delve into those, we must set up some foundational issues. As believers, we are citizens of another kingdom first and foremost. We are to be representatives and ambassadors of God’s kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:20). An ambassador represents his or her nation to another nation. So, although we are citizens of a particular earthly nation, the fact that we are Christians puts us under the citizenship of God’s Kingdom.
Those of us who live in the US are greatly blessed in that we not only have many freedoms that other nations do not enjoy, but we also have more interaction in politics than many nations do. However, this brings great responsibility. As Christians, we should promote Biblical values and not just the values of a particular political party. All stands we take in the public sphere should align with the teaching of the Bible. Also, we should take those stands as ambassadors of Christ with the love that comes along with that. That also means we need to call out issues in our own party as well as the issues in other political parties. So, let me ask you the question I had to ask myself. Are you a Christian Republican/Democrat or are you a Republic/Democrat Christian? You should be a Christian first. Your allegiance to the Word of God must come before your allegiance to even the Constitution and your political party. It would take several more articles to go over all the political issues surrounding this issue, both past, present, and future. Instead, I want to talk about some principles from the Word that we need to apply to any philosophy or teaching that asks for our allegiance.
Although the immediate context of this verse is referring to an early heresy called Gnosticism, the principle still holds true that we must compare any philosophy with the Bible and do it carefully. The enemy is subtle and will hide serious lies and error in the middle of truthful sounding principles. For example, much of what we here behind the discussion of Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, the “social Justice” Philosophy comes directly from Marxist principles conceived by Sociologists with an atheist worldview that is diametrically opposed to the truth of God’s Word. Unfortunately, this false philosophy is even making inroads into churches. Anything that contradicts the Word of God must be rejected by His people. For a good biblical statement on these things, see the Statement on Social Justice as a concise rebuttal of the philosophy behind much of the American discussion on Racism today. It is also a statement that I have signed and affirm.
We must come to the conclusion that the only help and antidote to the evil in any nation is the transformation that comes from people accepting the Gospel of God and receiving the Holy Spirit. Therefore, any ideology that elevates any other philosophy than the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be rejected. And please allow me to go on a rabbit trail for a moment. What is taught in many churches as the Gospel is not the Gospel. The Gospel must start with the fact that all have sinned and so are deserving of an eternity in Hell. The only salvation is by receiving Christ as Lord and Savior. However, so many churches preach a “Gospel” that is more like a presentation of the hottest new Multilevel Marketing Product. “Jesus will give you a great life and is there to give you your wildest dreams!” they say. “Jesus just thinks your awesome and has a wonderful plan for your life!” they say. Instead of the true Jesus that has come to live a perfect life that we could not live so that he could pay for our sins, they have replaced Him with a false Christ that was just some New Age Social Justice Warrior. This false Jesus is more about transforming your culture than transforming your soul. In reality, believing this “Gospel” will condemn your soul in Hell. This Jesus is false and this “Gospel” is false. This is a false “Gospel” that plays nicely with the philosophies that are trying to move us away from the truth of His Word. To see some videos that explain the dangers of the main false “Gospels” that are out there, I would recommend watching American Gospel-Christ Alone and American Gospel-Christ Crucified.
As we saw in part 1, the Gospel is why we are still here. And receiving the Gospel brings the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to bring about more of God’s attributes in our lives. Righteousness and Justice are the foundations of those attributes (Psalm 89:14). That should cause us to lawfully fight for justice for others.
There is not much wiggle room in this passage. We must remember that the governing authorities Paul was referring to here were the Roman Empire and all the different levels of authority under the Emperor. As a matter of fact, during the time Paul probably wrote this letter. Nero was the Emperor of Rome. Nero was a very evil man. So, just because our person did not win the white house or another political office, this does not give us a pass to break the law. Just because a great injustice was done against one of our ethnicity does not give us a pass to be lawless. The only time we are allowed to break the law as Christians is when the governing authorities either tell us to do something that the Word of God expressly forbids or try to forbid us from doing something that the Word of God tells us we must do (See Daniel 3:1-18, Daniel 6:1-16, Acts 5:17-29 for some Biblical examples).
This passage is what we commonly call the 10 Commandments. Jesus fulfilled the Law of God perfectly in our place. However, that does not mean that God’s moral Law no longer applies to us because we are Christians. As a matter of fact, the summary of the Law which is to Love the Lord with everything we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40) has never been revoked. Thank how much different things would have been if those so-called “Christians” who lynched blacks would have obeyed the command “You shall not murder!” Thank about how different if those who call themselves Christians who thought it okay to loot business would have obeyed the command “You shall not steal” Atrocity after atrocity down through history could have been avoided if these commands would have been obeyed. Hitler would not have had over 6 million Jews executed and tortured if he would have loved his neighbor as himself. And, yes, he professed to be a Christian.
As Christians, we have been transferred from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13). Isn’t it time that we start acting like it? Everything must bow to Jesus Christ in our lives. Racism and all of the associated evil has no place in the life of a Christian.