Remove Pharaoh – Return to Wisdom

James-Robison2The following post was originally published over at the excellent jamesrobison.net. If you are distrurbed by Christianity – move on and do not read this. If you believe in God or not sure – please read the following article and be prepared to be enlightened. – Rourke

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Response to last week’s commentary was gratifying. Most readers seem to grasp a very important point: America’s Pharaoh is not a person or a political party – it is a power source other than God upon which people erroneously and foolishly depend, even begin to worship. It replaces God, exalting an unprincipled, unbiblical worldview. The advocates and supporters of this system consistently assault absolute principles while rejecting revealed truth. As a result, freedom is redefined as everyone doing what is right in their own eyes. When people begin to lose freedom individually, they give it up nationally. The problems we face and the resulting bondage can be changed by God’s people living as the light that cannot be hidden.

Christians must recognize, “A house divided cannot stand.” Church leadership must stop fighting over theological differences and become supernaturally united by love, concern for others and fulfilling God’s Kingdom purpose. Cease arguing about the Holy Spirit and begin living in the demonstration of His power with love, peace, and kindness. Reject the godless worldview by demonstrating the power of a biblical worldview with its magnetic attraction. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself.”

It’s obvious to everyone here and around the whole world that American leadership lacks the wisdom that comes only from Divine Providence. These are realities we face:

  • America is divided by colliding worldviews.
  • Our choice is a big God or big government.
  • We can trust other men’s promises of provision, entitlement and dependence, or return to personal responsibility, accountability, hard work and a genuine interest in the well being of our neighbor.
  • We must choose between solid biblical principles or the opinions of relativists.
  • There is an all out assault on the Christian faith, biblical absolutes and any mention of God in the public square.
  • Moral standards are being rejected. Anything goes in sexual practices. Marriage is redefined. Protection of the innocent and innocence is diminished.
  • Ever-increasing excess in government spending will deplete not only the treasury, but the ability for anyone to get ahead through honest labor and understanding the importance of risk and reward.
  • Freedom is being exchanged for dependence and a sense of entitlement, leading to national bondage.
  • The importance of limited government under God and principled people is being replaced by an excessive, ineffective, all-powerful state. National direction is being determined by special interest groups who demand so-called rights while refusing personal responsibility. As a result, opportunity, productivity, and even the promise of meaningful employment are destroyed.

Recognizing the serious problems we face, Christians must stop arguing among themselves and stand together as an unshakable, spiritually united body of true believers. We must reject the thought that evangelism is to be separated from the importance of standing against evil. As a lifelong evangelist, I understand that we win people to Christ and teach them to assume responsibility as Kingdom witnesses here and now. We weren’t saved just to escape this world and go to heaven. We were born again to have the Kingdom of heaven revealed “on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to stand against the gates of hell and its forces of destruction and deception.

Transformed people transform the culture while standing boldly against evil. Let it be said of us, we feared no man, no power, and gave no ground to the enemy. We are “soldiers of the Lord Jesus” and “more than conquerors in Christ!” Take a moment to consider the effect of the Christian witness on the culture in some of the most challenging times in human history:

Christian influence on government was primarily responsible for outlawing infanticide, child abandonment, and abortion in the Roman Empire (in AD 374); outlawing the brutal battles-to-the-death in which thousands of gladiators had died (in 404); outlawing the cruel punishment of branding the faces of criminals (in 315); instituting prison reforms such as the segregating of male and female prisoners (by 361); stopping the practice of human sacrifice among the Irish, the Prussians, and the Lithuanians; outlawing pedophilia, granting of property rights and other protections to women; banning polygamy; prohibiting the burning alive of widows in India (in 1829); outlawing the crippling practice of binding young women’s feet in China (in 1912); persuading government officials to begin compulsory education of all children in Germany (16th century) and a number of European countries.

During the history of the church, Christians have had a decisive influence in opposing and abolishing slavery in the Roman Empire, in Ireland, and in most of Europe. In England, William Wilberforce, a devout Christian, led the successful effort to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire by 1840. In the United States, Christians were the most ardent abolitionists, speaking, writing, and agitating constantly for the abolition of slavery in the United States. The American civil rights movement that resulted in the outlawing of racial segregation and discrimination was led by Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian pastor.

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There was also strong influence from Christian ideas and influential Christians in the formulation of the Magna Carta in England (1215) and of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution (1787) in the United States. These are three of the most significant documents in the history of governments on the earth, and all three show the marks of significant Christian influence in the foundational ideas of how governments should function. These foundations for British and American government did not come about as a result of the “do evangelism, not politics” view.

If the Christian church had adopted the “do evangelism, not politics” view throughout its history, it would never have brought about these immeasurably valuable changes among the nations of the world. But these changes did happen, because Christians realized that if they could influence laws and governments for good they would be obeying the command of their Lord, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16)1

The choice is clear: We can live in freedom under God or in bondage under any other source, which amounts to a modern-day Pharaoh. Paul told the New Testament church, “The things that happened to Israel are an example for us.”2 Surely you remember, God delivered the people from bondage in order to lead them into the land of blessing, freedom, and fruitfulness. Our God is a God who blesses those living in His shadow. Only unbelief and disobedience to His Word can hinder the blessings He freely offers through His Son. “When the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.”3

True believers understand that hearts and minds must be transformed by the power of God and witnessing the visible manifestation of His life through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to “rise and shine with the glory of the Lord upon us!” Concerned Christians must support leaders who understand the reality of spiritual warfare and the importance of a Christian worldview. This does not mean we impose our faith on others, merely that we choose representatives that reflect our values. That’s both the benefit and danger of democracy.

Sadly, I believe that inept, self-serving, corrupt leaders actually do reflect the values of many people. That’s why the church must rise up, courageously and compassionately demonstrating and defending the love of Christ. This we know for sure: Christ left us here as His witnesses on this earth for His glory and kingdom purpose. The moment Christians decide to stand together as the family of God, the forces of hell will tremble and truth will win!


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  1. This is just another power play. It is another group of people banding together with their own agenda. Our country should not be about Christianity. It should not be about anyone religion. Most religions, be they, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, or Pagan, have the same moral tenants. One should not be in a power position over another. This puts anyone that thinks that way, as far as I am concerned, on the same level as Al-Qaida!!! Everyone should believe in what we say or you will die, go to hell, whatever!!! When you talk about freedom under God, you are obviously referring to your God. What about the others in this country who have different faiths than yours. I have no problem with the concept of “God”, but my concept is probably greatly different from yours. I would not force my religion on you and certainly don’t want you to force yours on me. If you really, truly, paid attention and understood the teachings of Jesus, you would understand this. This country has no room for a religious run government, any more than it has for the current partisan politics. Both are self-serving and a breeding ground for corruption. Please let me remind you that even though there are “influences” of Christianity to our Declaration of Independence and in our Constitution, there are also components of other religions as well!!! May I remind you of our FIRST Amendment (not the second, third or twentieth): In the United States, the religious civil liberties are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Peace be with you!

  2. GOD Bless you James and all believers who agree with this message.
    As a USAF trained survival expert and someone who monitors world situations daily, I have been asked by many what the Most Important thing for survival is, a Gun or Knife, a Fire Starter or maybe Water Filter?
    My answer is always FAITH ! We must have Faith that Our LORD JESUS CHRIST will see us through the trials that we face today and yet to come. If we are strong in our Faith then we will have The LORD JESUS Peace and Provision which allows us to think clearly when everyone else around us panics.
    It is always a good idea to prepare for whatever the future holds but, we must also remember to strengthen our FAITH so that when faced with a crises of this world we have the spiritual FAITH to sustain us when all the supplies won’t. GOD BLESS and Keep you all.

  3. Patrick (Mac) McCoy the first line of your comment is what I feel is wrong with Christianity in this world and illustrates quite well my point about wanting a country that believes only as you do. “God Bless you James and ALL BELIEVERS WHO AGREE WITH THIS MESSAGE.” It is what I call pseudo-Christianity. You want to believe what you want to believe and totally ignore the real teachings of the great enlightened Jesus Christ. I am not a Christian, but I do believe in the real message that the man know to the world as Jesus Christ was living daily. It is this type of mentality and hypocrisy that made me distance myself from the label of Christian. Again, for a population of fear mongers and religious bigots such as this to try to run our country would be more of a travesty and tragedy then the governmental regimes that we have had to endure over the past many decades (not just this one!)

    Peace be with you!

    • Cindy –

      I believe you to be way off base. To compare Christianity with Al-Qaeda – seriously? I am sure you are not saying that in churches all across the country each Sunday Pastors are suggesting to go out and kill Muslims and cut their heads off? No – this is not happening.

      I would make the case that without Christianity the world would look quite different. Possibly – it would resemble the Middle East. There has to be a moral high ground, something which provides guidance beyond what a law states or a rule provides. If the United States was absent of God as Atheist wish for (not kid yourself – it is true) – ALL crime would be substantially higher in rates and over time I would submit that laws would change to allow what is now illegal to then become legal. Why? Simple – there is no moral high ground, no moral being which to suggest anything different.

      Few are suggesting that the freedom of religion means anything other than the freedom of ALL religions. If someone wishes to be a Muslim – so be it. If they wish to be Pagen – so be it. Nowadays it seems like activists judge are more in line with protection FROM religion than protecting our right to practice it.

      Lastly – this country should be about Christianity. Our country was founded in it have no doubt. Do your own research. Modern history – which has been changed to meet an agenda – fails to teach the truth. The United States of America was a Christian country no different than it is an English speaking country. For how long – that is the question.

      Rourke

  4. Mr. Rourke, you missed my point in the comparison to Al-Qaeda. It was meant in the sense of “my way or the highway”. That said, you should remember that Christianity does not have lily white hands in the historical timeline. Christians have been persecuted and they have persecuted. There are, and probably always will be, zealots and haters in every religion to give their religion a black mark in history.

    I am aware that histories (and bibles) have been altered through the years to fit what ever the current political agenda might be. I have taught my children to question everything and come up with there own answers. I believe little that comes from any government agency and also from any religion that believes they are the definitive one. It sounds to me as if you are implying that Christianity is the moral “high ground”. I hope you are not. To me that would take a lot of audacity to say that Christian is more moral than many of the other religions practiced in this country. Yes, it is written in history that most of our founders were Christian, but that does not make us a Christian nations and the they were quite careful in there wording to make it that way because many who came to this country were persecuted themselves. If you read in depth into some of the cast of characters, you will find that they also had many other beliefs that others would not consider Christian at all.

    I do not post on here to take away from anyone else’s religious beliefs or to inflame, but to educate. (I read your posts regularly, by the way) Like many here, when I see something that I feel threatens my way of life, than I cannot stay silent. I have yet to see where religious domination in a country creates peace, seems to me it has always done quite the opposite! I don’t believe that the US will ever become a “godless” country because a small minority would like it that way. I see no problem with public religious displays either, as long as they are not limited to one religion having the ability to do so! I don’t think any one religion has the right to define God for the rest of us either. There was a very good reason for separation of church and state!!!! Those before us knew what a church run government is like. Please do your own research as well.

    My own personal belief system is highly moral. It is: Do what you will and harm no one! Sounds pretty simplistic on the surface, but it is not. First of all, harm no one includes yourself. Then it involves thinking about every choice you make. I go out and buy ???? that I really don’t need, am I helping the economy, am I over consuming and taking away from someone in need, and I supporting a sweat shop in some foreign country were they are enslaving 6 year olds? It is a very tough path to walk. (By the way, I also do not believe in the concept of hell. So there is not something that has me doing the morally right thing out of fear. I do it because I believe it is right.) Granted, I do not ask myself that every time, I am human, but you get where I am going.

    I believe that you, the others on this blog and those like it, and myself all want the same thing in this country: safety, peace, prosperity and the freedom to live and raise our children and grandchildren as we see fit with out interference from the government or anyone else (and for me that includes another religion “setting the rules”). We, as Americans, cannot afford to keep our heads in the sand and not speak out when we feel we must. This is as important and issue for me as it is for you. I am sure you full well understand this.

    Blessings and peace to you and yours!

    • Cindy – I appreciate your comments and opinion and we can agree to disagree. You are correct – we likely want the same thing regardless of our disagreements.

      Rourke

  5. Cindy- I assume you are either a pagan or satanist. . . .that is your choice. The Jesus you claim to know about also said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. . . . No man comes to the Father except by me”. . . . sounds pretty plain to me. . . .

  6. Thank you, Mr. Rourke. Rick, I am not a satanist. I am a pagan (I am also a daughter, wife, mother grandmother, and a hardworking, full time employed, taxpaying American citizen, just in case you were wonder). I was, however, raised and lived 1/2 my life under a Christian faith and as I stated before, I still am a believer in the true teachings. My sweet mother has always admonished me to remember that the Bible has been written and alter by men, (we have already gone over the “agenda” thing) which is why, at one point in my life, a did a lot of religious reading beyond Bible. I would like to know what passage you have taken your quote from. I am always a bit leery of partial biblical quotes and admonitions which may or may not be taken out of context. You are right, I am free to choose and so are you…….and I plan to keep it that way. Last post I will ton this subject. Hope I encouraged at least one person out there stop and think about it! I am out of energy for the day. Thank you all for your feedback. Blessings and peace to all.

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