For those of you who actually read Missio Dei I hope the title of this post was to some degree surprising or shocking. If you are not familiar with my perspective on politics I would recommend reading Meaning versus Significance: Hermeneutics and Evangelical Political Activism I think it is a clear and concise explanation of where I stand.
So why am I encouraging you to write your senator?
The Kentucky primaries are coming up soon, this week actually, and I am sure there are some interesting things to vote for this time around. Over the years I have heard countless individuals encourage me to “vote my conscience,” to “oppose what God opposes,” to “stand for what is right,” and other “evangelical” idioms. Believe it or not I take these things very seriously and this has caused me to ponder how this should be applied in American politics.
But first let us read Scripture . . .
“These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. . . . . And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town’” (Matthew 10:5-6, 14-15).
“Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (Romans 2:3-5).
What merits a judgment worse than that of Sodom and Gomorrah? What heinous act not only deserves judgment but actually stores up wrath?
Answering these questions brings us full circle to answering the questions posed in the beginning of this post. You should write your senator and propose a constitutional amendment that bans, not gay marriage or abortion or gambling, but nominal hypocritical self-righteous “christianity.” That is what God hates. If you want to uphold American morality then you should write your senator urging him/her to oppose the greatest moral failure in the history of America nominal Christianity.