Many Christians across the nation are beginning to question the need for Christian, faith-based legislation. While this is shocking news, it needs to be investigated. The ineffectiveness of spreading the word of Christ can be seen in the rising popularity of Mormon presidential candidates and the self-deprecating pleas from pastors for help in preserving traditional marriage.
“I am embarrassed in the presence of God that I must demand a vote on something no vote should have ever been necessary to protect.” – Pastor Cary Gordon, March 15, 2011, The Family Leader Marriage Rally
There’s a lot to be embarrassed about
Much like the unregulated free-hand of the market works to the betterment of all, government may not need to define marriage if pastors of evangelism were more successful in spreading the word of Christ. A recent Pew Center ABC poll reported a double digit increase in evangelicals supporting gay marriage – a whopping 25%, up 11% from 2006. Even Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family admits defeat on the gay marriage frontlines.
“We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.”
Jesus and Citizens United
Christ’s call to evangelize his message is made clear in two passages.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”– Matthew 28:19,20
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”– Mark 16:15
Groups, organizations and nations are not made by God or creatures of God, they are made by man. While the individual members or citizens may are capable of morality, these groups do not have a soul or place in heaven – heaven is for individuals. Although Citizens United did much to establish the person hood of corporations, court rulings and legislation cannot endow citizens with morality. National morality from a political standpoint is a reflection of its members, not the other way around.
From a local, state and national level we have laws against thievery. Does that mean we are a moral nation when it comes to the commandment of “thou shalt not steal”? No, some will still steal and be punished for it by the state. For the same crime, the church may require contrition and witnessing or perhaps another baptism, but Christ forgives all who believe in him. Does obedience to the law make one moral? No, only through the discipline and choices we make do we become moral.