Remaining Engaged

Ramon Arias | February 20, 2017 

As a nation, America was born ideologically polarized and, like all civilizations, she has embraced moral pluralism and multiculturalism. Now she has to deal with the interpretation of what are truth, reality, humanity, and values. The other hurdle to overcome is to ascertain whose interpretation of these is accurate. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are monotheistic, which affirm that there is only one God. Atheism, Gnosticism, and Existentialism believe the opposite of Theism, Pantheism (the belief all reality is spiritual, and the rest is an illusion), and Spiritism and Polytheism (that says nature has a spirit). We must not forget to add Postmodernism, which affirms that truth is relative. So, what do we have?  We have an enormous challenge that demands a wise but firm confrontation in the world of ideas because ideas do have consequences.  

Who are we? Glad you asked. There are two groups in the nation that can help steer the country in the right direction—they are the true conservatives and Biblical Christians—and they are not necessarily one and the same even though they have many common social goals.

Historically, the biblical worldview is the only one that provides the correct perspective and answers to truth, reality, humanity, and values. Humans can muddle up the biblical interpretations but it doesn’t eliminate the sure foundation, and that is the good news since we can always go back to those tried and true principles and rebuild.

The professing Christian will do well to heed Jesus’ instruction to his disciples who thought the Kingdom of God was going to overtake the Roman Empire and the rest of the nations in an instant or through powerful manifestations, and all they had to do was to wait for Jesus to do it.  Jesus told them a parable, Luke 19:11-27, to dismiss this false perception they had about how the Kingdom of God was going to be established on earth. In the parable, Jesus told them: ‘…Engage in business until I come.’ vs. 13. (ESV) and the KJV says “Occupy till I come.”

Occupy or engage have the same meaning, and it never means to be idle. Jesus used the parable to emphasize that all of his disciples, throughout history, are expected to be profitable by culturally enriching their society that can only be accomplished by continual engagement. In other words, don’t expect God to do what He has commissioned His people to accomplish and has provided all provisions and equipped each one to carry out their tasks effectively; no one is exempt. 

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) even today, is known as an insightful Baptist preacher. He was not only against Christians avoiding cultural and social involvement but condemned their pessimistic view of the world and how it is a formula for destruction. Spurgeon believed God’s plan for the world was to have all His knowledge flowing through His people: 

David was not a believer in the theory that the world will grow worse and worse, and that the dispensations will wind up with general darkness, and idolatry. Earth's sun is to go down amid tenfold night if some of our prophetic brethren are to be believed. Not so do we expect, but we look for a day when the dwellers in all lands shall learn righteousness, shall trust in the Saviour, shall worship thee alone, 0 God, "and shall glorify thy name."  The modern notion has greatly damped the zeal of the church for missions, and the sooner it is shown to be unscriptural the better for the cause of God. It neither consorts with prophecy, honours God, nor inspires the church with ardour. Far hence be it driven.1

It is vital that we take the Bible at face value above all other books; it is the only source that reveals how to apply its revelation to all areas of life for purpose and meaning in the here and beyond.  

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:15-16 (ESV)

The future of America demands from conservatives and Christians not to surrender by inaction what they just gained in the recent elections. The task before us is monumental, but with God on our side, no one can defeat us.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)