Cal Thomas: Advice for Christian Conservatives
Cal Thomas, in his column this week, offers some sound and sobering advice for Christian conservatives concerning our role in contemporary American politics and society. Taking a cue from former Senator and U.N. Ambassador John Danforth's recent New York Times op-ed column (free registration required), Thomas writes, "Christians are limited in what government can do for them and for an earthly agenda."
Thomas goes on to remind us that as Christians we would have . . . greater moral power and influence in society if we would get our own houses in order before preaching to others about their shortcomings. For example, he points out Barna studies that show Christian conservatives are divorcing at the same rate as non-believers, and that children of Christian conservatives are having just as much pre-marital sex as non-Christian children. "Isn't that the principle behind Jesus' story about noticing a speck in the other fellow's eye, while ignoring the beam in one's own eye?" Thomas notes.
Thomas sums up his advice with this:
The primary objective for the Christian should be to seek and to point others toward Jesus, not to political parties and agendas.
The social ills confronting us have not produced our collective indifference to a moral code. They reflect that indifference. Fixing social ills does not begin in the halls of Congress or Supreme Court, but in individual human hearts.
Government can't go there. God can. But if God's servants prefer government to God, or seek to attach God to political parties and earthly agendas, they are doomed to futility.
Hat tip to News! For Christians.