Friday, November 02, 2012

Rep Matt Shea: An Appeal to Christians

AN APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS THIS ELECTION

Politics is a Mission Field

When you think of the darkest, most corrupt, ungodly places in current contemporary culture, do not Washington D.C. and Olympia come to mind? Well they should, and I would submit to you that from a mission’s perspective the Pygmies Peoples in Africa have been ministered to more than the politicians in Washington D.C. and Olympia. As Christians we must treat politics as a ministry.

The Rev. John Witherspoon became president of the College of New Jersey, today's Princeton University, in 1767. As one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, Witherspoon taught close attention to the Scripture, salvation by Grace, and a pure and uncompromised Gospel. He also taught believers how to obey the commands of Christ by instilling in his pupils to love and care for the needs and welfare of others, to love liberty balanced by love for order, and to love active responsible citizenship. In fact, of the 478 men who graduated under his supervision, there were 114 ministers of the Gospel, 13 state governors, 3 US Supreme Court Justices, 20 US Senators, 33 US Congressmen, one Vice President, and one President, James Madison.[1]

Why did this well known teacher and preacher of the Gospel send so many Christians into the political sphere?

The answer is quite simple; politics is a mission field.


Christians Have a Duty to Participate in Politics

Of the men who framed the US Constitution, there were 29 Anglicans, 18 Calvinists, 2 Methodists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 lapsed Quaker and sometime Anglican, and 1 so-called Deist—Benjamin Franklin (Jefferson was clearly and demonstrably not a Deist), who attended every kind of Christian worship, called for public prayer, and contributed to all denominations. Our entire Constitutional Republic is based on the assumption that Christians must participate in politics because all law is based on some concept of morality. In fact, according to David Barton the first mass printing of Bibles in our new Republic was done under the “care and…encouragement” of the U.S. Congress[2]. Never read that in school did you? Why the founders believed it is a Christian’s duty to participate in politics is answered, as odd as it may seem, with two simple questions.

What is the temple of the Holy Spirit? The body of the believer…

What is the government of the United States? “We the people” or the body of the believer…

This presupposed two things: 1. You are a believer, and 2. You showed up, participated, and voted so the Holy Spirit can work through you. That was the true genius of the Founders and the only way they could make their battle cry “no king but King Jesus” a reality.

Therefore, it is not wrong to participate in politics it is your Christian duty.


Christians Make the Difference

"Christians" comprise the largest potential voting bloc in Washington State. However, Christians also comprise the largest number of un-registered voters and comprise the largest numbers of people who while registered to vote, do not vote. “In the primary elections this year, Christian voter turnout was about 25% from people in your church.”[3]

Many races on the west side of our great state are determined by 500 to 2000 votes. If Christians show up that margin is easily made up and those who believe in restoring a God Honoring Constitutional Republic win. If we do not, it is our fault that un-principled, immoral, and unethical representatives get voted into office. Likewise ballot measures like R-74, which redefines marriage and would force Christian businesses to participate in same-s*x wedding ceremonies, are easily rejected. Christians make the difference.

Today, the Christian voting bloc has seemingly ignored the ethical and moral consciousness the Founders depended on to provide a viable society. The Christian voting bloc has seemingly ignored the fact that Christian participation is as foundational to a strong and vibrant church as it is to a strong and vibrant government. I hope you will join me in not only praying but making this election the turning point when we returned God to the center of our lives so that He may return to the center of our Country.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~John Adams, October 11, 1798

Your Brother in Christ,

Matt Shea
State Rep. (4th L.D. – R)


Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

7 comments:

  1. Agreed on all points.
    Is it possible to get some info on Jefferson "not" being a deist. It is contrary to what I have read over the years and I would like to follow up on that.

    Thanks.

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    1. Read "The Jefferson Lies" by David Barton. This is a completely researched and documented analysis based on original documents from Jefferson and his contemporaries.

      Barton has taken a lot of heat from historical revisionists over this, even to the point of his publisher, Thomas Nelson pulling the book from circulation. (Nelson is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and was merged with Zondervan this year--another example of Christians being in cultural exile in our own America).

      The introduction has an extremely helpful list of techiques used by historical revisionists to create a misleading historical narrative that will be easily swallowed by gullible passersby.

      Hope this helps.

      John Kirk
      Sumas, WA

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  2. Matt, you are absolutely correct. I've long urged pastors to view Seattle and Olympia as mission fields and send their missionaries there to minister to the lost ones. Foreign missions are fine, but we are to first minister to our domestic missions to build a sound foundation for foreign missions or the latter will collapse. Common sense is also one of God's laws.

    The problem is most pastors are cowards. They are, sad to say, girlie men. Certainly not the pastors of my youth who attended council meetings, school board meetings, and Congress, demanding moral courage and positions from the politicians. Those pastors knew their duties included doing good works and fighting evil. Over the decades, Christians and their pastors and priests have been indoctrinated into a slow death by pacifist apostasy.

    The quick solution to most of our nation's ills is for the pastors and priests to mobilize their congregations and parishes to do courageous works of faith to fight the evil that is consuming all levels of society and politics. It starts with the insight that you cannot separate Christian morality (church) from the decisions of our government employees (state) without eventually losing both. We are witnessing that loss in the religious war that has been waged by God's enemies for millennia. Our standing Biblical order is to fight those enemies, or get what we are getting -- the iron rod of correction.

    Our unalienable rights come from God, not man. We also have corresponding God-given responsibilities to administer those rights. All of our freedoms flow from these basic insights. Those who are unconcerned about God, or who deny Him, simply cannot be trusted to administer those rights and responsibilities. They eventually enslave societies because they separate God (morality) from government decision-making (performance). They currently call themselves social moderates, liberals, Progressives, socialists, etc. History calls them pagans. They must never be elected to any office.


    “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the Church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.” Charles G. Finney, Power From On High, Chapter 11 (c. 1871-1874)

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  3. I responded to a pastor who said, "Can passing a law change a person's heart?" The answer is a most emphatic, "Yes!" Passing laws provide moral direction for our society.

    Matt, we love you

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  4. Amen brother, keep up the good work. When the enemy comes in like a flow the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Be strong be vigilant for you adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. This is the word of the Lord to you and to us as we fight this battle for the soul of America.

    Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us that with him. With him is an arm of the flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.

    Keith Easterly
    Christians for America
    Moses Lake

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  5. I just saw on the news a bit about some Lutherans out on the streets in support of the gay agenda. I think Martin Luther was serious about the just living by faith. But now what is it that we have too often seen? What should I call it? It seems to me that many would have Christians muddle through on their,....phaith, and for how long, till the Lord returns, and then what? (Luke 14:34,35)

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  6. Thank you brother, regardless of the outcome of elections, I will keep practicing Godliness with my family, on the job and in our community! At the polls, we may loose His counsel, however, we will keep practicing rightness. Matt Shea keep pursuing Him in the political field. The Free Methodist are not going to bow down for same sex marriage, both in there churches or properties to sanction perverted marriage requests!

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