The world is basically that system which the devil, Satan himself, has rule over; Christianity has no part in that world system. The Church, which is made up of those people who have received Jesus as savior, resides in this world, but has no part in the activities of this world. I believe I could get some arguments on that simply because many Christians haven’t spent enough time in the word of God to discover that this world is not our home, we are simply passing through. The Lord has asked us to be good stewards of the things which He has given to us but none of that includes the evil empire of Satan. That empire is this world; Satan has established a great deal of evil activities and events which are cleverly disguised to appear harmless. Many times, Christians will fall prey to these activities or events and they have fallen into a worldly activity without even knowing it. The Church, in recent years, has opened its doors wide to the things and stuff of the world. Now, this didn’t initiate Satan’s entry into the Church, he has been in Church since the day of Pentecost when Peter preached the first sermon and before that, he was steadily making an appearance in heaven before the Lord accusing the faithful of anything and everything. By the way, he continues to do that. So, if Satan is behind the activities and evil of the world, why would Christians want to be a part of that? Why would Christians want to be involved in the things of the world and most of all, why are Christians fighting the world’s battles? When the apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the young pastor Timothy, he warned him about this very thing.
Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 2 Tim. 2:3-4 NLT www.biblegateway.com
Paul, in his warning or instruction to Timothy, was making sure Timothy understood that he could not allow himself to become entangled in the affairs of the world. He uses the idea of a soldier allowing himself to become distracted by the affairs of civilian life. The one who enlisted him is Jesus and when we allow ourselves to become involved in worldly affairs, we can find ourselves shortchanging Jesus in our service to Him. When I knew I was destined to spend the next year of my life in a combat zone, I disengaged myself from anything and everything concerning my old civilian life. I knew I could not allow myself to have any distractions and worries about those things. In the same manner, we have to eliminate all distractions, the affairs of this world, which would pull us away from our rightful service to the Lord. Some will automatically jump up and say that those things are God’s concerns. OK, how do we know what is and what isn’t God’s concerns when it comes to the things of this world? The easiest way to determine that is by going to His word, our book of instruction, and finding what it might or might not say. As an example, should we speak out against abortion? Yes and the Bible will support that but should we chain ourselves to the doors of Planned Parenthood and block the entrances? No, the Bible doesn’t support that because then we are breaking the law and the Bible tells us clearly to be obedient to the law and authorities (Rom 13:1-2). Actually, if we spend more time studying the word of God and asking His Spirit to expose its truth to us, we will not have any trouble knowing these things.
Going back to the 1980s and ’90s, there was a parachurch movement known as The Christian Coalition which was strictly based on political activity. This organization was started by televangelist, Pat Robertson, and soon selected Ralph Reed to be it’s leader. This so-called Christian organization, in my opinion, was an embarrassment to the Church. From the Wikipedia web site concerning Ralph Reed, the following excerpt will defend my opinion.
The Coalition organized former Robertson supporters and other religious conservatives to oppose political liberalism. Eschewing confrontational tactics of street protest learned in college, Reed attempted to project a “softer” public face for Christian conservatism, self-described as “guerrilla“, putting “enemies” in “body bags” before they even realized he had struck. Reed led the organization from 1989 to 1997. Once Federal prosecutors began investigating charges by the Christian Coalition’s chief financial officer, Judy Liebert, Reed resigned from his post, and moved to Georgia . The Coalition’s finances were collapsing, and the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission were investigating.
Can somebody tell me where this is found in the Bible? Can anyone direct me to the passages of scripture which tells us to conduct ourselves in this manner as Christians? Where is it found that we should attempt to have such an influence in our secular, worldly government to the point that we engage in these type of tactics? Where is it found in the gospels that Jesus was involved in a political agenda? Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, the answer is nowhere! The closest thing I can find to Jesus being politically involved is when He instructed Peter to get the coin out of the mouth of the fish and pay their taxes! I have heard and read some explanations of quoted scripture which tells us of our required duty to be actively involved in the political activities of our nation and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The way these scriptures are twisted to meet the agenda of these radical, politically involved people is sad and demeaning to the truth of God’s word. I’m not against the Christian community voting for their preferred candidate or feeling a certain sense of responsibility to do so but I will draw the line at bringing that into the pulpit or even the Church lobby. The gathering of the Church within a building or structure is for the purpose of worshiping God, not to promote a political agenda. Too many local churches and Christians have crossed the line on this. God tells us in His word that He is a jealous God (Gen 20:5) and I really don’t think He is ready to share His time with some worldly political agenda. So, there we have, from the Bible, God’s side of the argument. Where, then, is the world’s side of the argument found in His word? Where, in His word, does it say it is OK to bring a worldly, political agenda into His worship service? Why do so many local churches and so many Christians insist on fighting the world’s battles for them?! We are, at the time of this writing, experiencing a time of total governmental break down in this country; it is a trying time for many but I look to Jesus and put my faith in Him, not some human beings who are acting in a totally dysfunctional manner, concerning their ability to perform their jobs. That is the extent of any political statement you will hear from me. I said that to bring attention to the Lord; He is where our faith should be, He is the one we should be looking at when we are in need. We are in this world to do His work, not the work of this world. He has given to us the instruction which tells us what our duties for Him are and He even helps us in performing those duties. In the process of performing the duties and the work of the Lord, there will be many battles fought and to be fought. Why then, do we insist on being involved in the battles over worldly things? These things are going to burn and melt away (1 Pet. 3:10).
This world has so many tools and devices that can easily distract us and pull us away from our service to the Lord; cable television offers multiple news channels and networks which can keep people attracted for hours every day. The media has specific methods to draw the attention of people and hold it. Fox News attempts to lean in the direction of Christianity but the sports department of that very network fired a college football analyst for comments he made during a political campaign which supported traditional marriage. He was actually speaking against gay marriage and was fired for those remarks after he was hired by the network and it was brought to their attention. So, if you are caught up in believing this news network is supporting Christianity, better think again. Another area we must be carful of is social media. It is so easy to go on to one of these sites and blurt out our opinion or support for something. But, what are we supporting? I agree, it is a great venue for getting the gospel message out but when we are posting messages which are in support of a worldly battle, what does that say to the non-believing public? If we are posting scripture one time and the next we are complaining about the Keystone pipeline or jobs going overseas, what does the non-believer thing when we attempt to share Jesus with him/her and tell them He is the only One who can save us? I believe it presents a very confusing message to the unsaved public. I am guilty of doing this. But, I have not went into rants about the problems in this country or governmental issues and rants against the president or specific political parties. How many people will we win to Jesus by posting these type of messages on any social media? I am afraid that we get caught up in this worldly agenda of stuff and before you know it, we are fighting the world’s battles on social media sites, at work or even in the home! Paul, again has some great advice on this.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Rom 12:2 NKJV
So, the next time we sense we are being dragged into a worldly battle, stop and retreat. It is alright to turn and run from this. We cannot afford to get caught up in the things of this world because it will be a distraction from our work for the Lord. If we would take the time to stop our lives for a few minutes and take a good look around, we would be able to see that we Christians are needed more and more in the fight against our personal enemy, Satan, and what he is doing in this world. We would then realize we can’t afford to waste time fighting the world’s battles for them because we have so many of our own battles against the world! When Christians are caught up in the battles of the world, he loves it. He has succeeded in the distraction from service to God. Sometimes we Christians are so dumb (I speak from experience); it is so easy to distract us. We need to be more diligent in our Bible study and reading, in our fellowship and prayer time. When we become distracted by the world, our armor begins to slip off one piece at a time until we are totally defenseless. As Paul tells Timothy in 2 Tim 2:15, we need to be diligent workers for God, knowing His word and how to use it and apply it in it’s total truth and meaning. A worker who God, Himself, approves of. We need to continue to fight the good fight but not the world’s fight. The more time we spend fighting the world’s battles, the less time we spend working for Jesus!