I hear a lot of talk in the Christian media regarding our first amendment rights. Granted the first amendment does give us certain rights as American citizens. For example: We have the right to exercise religious freedom; we have the right to freedom of speech; and we have the right to peaceably assemble for the redress of grievances.
Now while we do have these rights as American citizens, these rights cannot be substantiated in the bible for the New Testament believer. Because these rights are founded in the doctrines of men apart from God’s calling on the New Testament believer.
I believe the framers intent upon drafting the first amendment was the basic protection of human rights. In that, the first amendment was designed to keep state out of church, and the church out of state. Their reasoning being this: That it would thwart any attempt by man to form a theocracy, which based its judicial actions on religious law. Understanding that the worst atrocities known to man were a direct result of such systems; that these systems produce a crusade mentality which ultimately leads to wars of ideology, that in the end only seek dominion and power; power for the few at the expense of the many. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of just such a system today.
The Christian media has successfully flipped the gospel, as well as the first amendment upside down. The propaganda we are experiencing from the Christian media, which supports Zionism, dominionism, and capitalism actually undermines the core teachings of Christ. The bible is very clear concerning our responsibility towards government, as well as our responsibility towards our fellow man. Romans 13, 1 Peter 2, Matt 22 describe these responsibilities. What part don’t we understand?
The bible tells us to lead a quiet life, and to work with our hands. It tells us that we are ministers of reconciliation; it tells us to esteem others better then ourselves; it says to pray for those in leadership, that we may live in peace. Now I ask you, does this sound anything like the belief systems expressed by our so-called Christian media pundants?
Footnote: Jesus did not come to legislate morality, or to demand His rights. He came to give man eternal life; to indwell man, that he may be made one with God. Now while governmental authority is definitely a God ordained administration for the purpose of imposing judicial law, the law in and of itself will never make anything perfect; and in fact will always increase to more lawlessness.
The book of Romans is very descript concerning man apart from a relationship with the living God. No amount of legislation could change them, and no government could save them. They had exchanged the truth of God for the lie.
Subsequent reading – Our calling as New Testament believers:
2 Cor. 5:18-21