“He who presides over a system which aims at nothing higher than formalism, is far more a servant of the devil than a minister of God.”
– C.H. Spurgeon
Can it be said that a Christian can serve the Devil? Many Christians assume that what Jesus meant to be done by persuasion and in the Spirit was actually meant to be done by force and carnal ambitions. Obviously this is a lie because violent force and carnal ambitions were not what led Jesus to exaltation but rather led to his demise, but for a moment. He was killed for His persuasion and living in the Spirit. So what can be said of today’s Christians who seek to throw off the shackles of Satan and assume control of the State?
Political ambition in the Bible is not a topic of endearment. In fact, two Apostles tried to get their mother to work a deal with Jesus so they would have power in His new Kingdom. You can read about that in Matthew 20:25-28. They thought physical power and carnal ambitions were going to get them far. They learned the hard way and paid with their lives but especially more so, with their freedoms.
I recently came across a posting from a mega church that stated a phrase in such a way that I had to think twice. Some attempt to wrap their phrases is sophisticated and highly mannered language so as to get a quick “Amen” before you have a chance to think before speaking. That may not have been their intention and I give them the benefit but they still have to answer and I made sure to show them the fallacy of their statement. It stated, “Nothing is politically right when it’s morally wrong”. The phrase sounds grammatically incorrect but I’m not going to get into that. Essentially, it means that that which is morally wrong shouldn’t be politically allowable. That sounds nice but it essentially means that morality should be legislated. There are many problems and I outlined a few.
1. Jesus never said this. Jesus knew that sins were wrong but He never demanded nor did He teach that moral laws were to political laws. For example, he believed Adultery was sinful yet He was unwilling to politically condemn the woman and instead forgave her by doing so. He implied that Nicodemus was stealing as a tax collector, which was normal back then, but He didn’t bring criminal charges. Heck, He was condemned while the people legislated morality to free a murderer, Democracy in action as the larger crowd gets what it wants, and condemn a just man.
2. Whose morality gets enforced and for how long? Christians love to make quotes about legislating morality but they open a Pandora’s Box when they forget that the same allowance is made for the larger crowd, especially in a Democracy. Laws are immutable and agreeable amongst all but when legality gets perverted by chosen one morality over the next it’s just a matter of time before the power changes hands and Christians are the ones being judged for not following the morality of the current rulers. As Christians are not in the majority, this way of thinking is dangerous, worldly, and ultimately a weapon against the Church and not a tool for the Church. An example would be how many Christians attempted to pass the Defense of Marriage Act upon all Americans but then cried out when not only it didn’t pass but homosexuals were able to sway public opinion to allow them to marry. Might makes right is not the way a Christian should live by. I would want the laws to be just across the board so that no matter who was in charge you wouldn’t have to fear unless you were the criminal.
3. Jesus didn’t teach that morality was to be forced upon the world by the State. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Christians are to be transformed by the renewal of the mind (persuasion and education) rather than being conformed to the world. The world seeks conformity and does so by force. Christians, like Jesus, are to seek change by persuasion and truth not violence.
In conclusion, a person that holds to their faith should really understand what it’s founder taught and how they lived. In this case, it’s Jesus. Many cute phrases and snappy political statements make well for powerful messages but are you forsaking your faith to find power? Or are you staying faithful while finding power in what aligns with what your faith teaches? If we stand for nothing then we will fall for anything. Never be too prideful to ignore plain and simple truths and never be too ignorant to believe anything anybody says. Always be vigilant. A Christian serves the Devil when he seeks to force his morality on others to make them act like a Christian while neglecting the true in working of actually accepting the beliefs of what makes a person a true follower of Jesus. Without a change of inward thinking the outward man is nothing more than a robot supressing himself to conform to what Christians expect of him. Force without conversion leads to Christian actions without a Believers heart. What is more damnable to the Church than actively seeking robots rather than true believers in Jesus?