More On The Harbinger

Q. In your article, “A Critique Of The Harbinger” you wrote: “It’s clear that America’s unbelievers don’t want the Church to save them, and the only believers still fighting for America’s future are the ones who don’t understand what’s ahead for the Church.”

I know you didn’t say that we shouldn’t go vote, but the second part of that sentence is exactly why it seems utterly pointless to participate in any future elections. Should we go through the motions these days by voting? I suppose we should for no other reason than because we don’t need to roll over like whipped dogs and give up. Trouble is that the choices with any chance of winning tend to be between the greater and the lesser of two evils.

A. No , I’m not saying we shouldn’t vote. Voting is a civic responsibility. What I’m saying is there’s no way Christians can save America, nor are we called to do so. And as you said, even if we were there’s no candidate calling for a national repentance. Besides, let’s think about this for a minute. Repent means to change our mind about something. In the Bible it’s most often used in connection with our need for a Savior. As Christians we’ve already done that, and since we have, God considers us to be righteous because of our faith (Romans 3:21-22). Our sins have already been forgiven (Colossians 2:13-14).

Israel was in a relationship with God that required obedience to His Law before He could forgive their sins and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). The work God requires of the Church is to believe in the One He sent (John 6:28-29) so He could take us to be with Him in His Father’s house (John 14:2-3). Certainly our behavior could improve substantially, but belief is the basis of our relationship with the Lord.

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