From the conception of the American church our most prolific political Christian scientists have sought to deify men in power; sighting the righteous acts of man, rather than the goodness of God. Now while this approach may sound noble, it is at its core dishonest and unedifying; and in the end, gives occasion to the enemies of God to blaspheme. The bible is very clear about the righteousness of man apart from the righteousness of God in Christ. When we fail to clarify this concerning leadership and men in power, we are exalting the righteousness and goodness of man. Jesus was very clear when He stated in Matthew 19:17- ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is God.’
My point is this, we live in the age of information; we have access to more information then any other time in history. We can pull up the world with the touch of a finger. We can read between the lines of history. Our youth has access to what’s been left out. We can see the motives behind past military campaigns because they are now a matter of public record. We can look into the depths of political scandal and see first hand the depravity and self-centeredness behind bad foreign policy, crimes against humanity and the like. In other words, we can see the big picture now like never before. We have the ability to see man as he is, and as he’s always been. Therefore, there is no room left for dishonesty, no margin for the proclamation of the righteousness of man; there remains only truth! Jesus said in John 14:6- ‘I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.’
There is only one hope for man, and God is the glory of man. We need to start telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. We need to stop creating historical fairy tales based on the righteousness of man; which in the end only seek to discredit us as Christians and to undermine the core teachings of the bible regarding mans need of redemption; the fact that our righteousness can only be found in God through Christ, ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’
John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:9- That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13- Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!