Evangelism and Government
- Joined at the hip -
“Evangelism is our sole purpose and goal.” This is often heard from pastors and laity throughout America. But how many of the same pastors and laity make any connection between evangelism and government?
Just how important is government in bringing the Gospel to others? It is monumentally important. It is the difference between living in America and living in China or Iran.
The gospel message is preached in America because we are a nation governed by Christian principles. Our Nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, declares our foundational belief that God has ordained our unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Immediately following this profession is the statement that government is instituted to protect these rights. This is what sets us apart from the governments of socialism or communism or Islam. America's government is set on Christian beliefs and Biblical principles. There is intrinsic harmony between church and state.
ATTEMPTING THE IMPOSSIBLE for America's Preborns, the Church, and Our Republic
Mindful of our nation’s confused values and erratic politics, many in Pro-Life today may deem passage of a Constitutional Life Amendment impossible.
Others may choose a stronger term and deem the mere thought of passage absurd. If no state, for example, has been able or willing to close its last abortion center and test Roe v. Wade's permanence, should Pro-Life expect two-thirds of the U.S. Congress to authorize a Constitutional Life Amendment and 38 states to ratify it?
But there is more to consider. Tozer’s challenging words (above) help to untangle what clouds our minds about the feasibility of a Life Amendment campaign. His words affirm what our spirit knows to be true, that "God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible." God has always done so, with notable success. And is it “not a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves?"
Should pastors nurture a climate of hope or a climate of despair in their congregations? If we recognize that preborn babies are precious to God, our responsibility to be "salt and light" requires us to seek to create a culture where their lives are protected. To resign ourselves to the inevitability of the slaughter of the innocent is to surrender to our enemy's stronghold.
Even in the midst of pro-abortion presidents and judges, our Constitution provides a strategy for ending the slaughter. A Constitutional Amendment for Life could be enacted without the involvement of our nation's executive or judicial branches.