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Harrison encourages LCMS to ‘not grow weary’ in public square

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  1. Avatar gerri says:

    I am going to quote Ray Comfort here: ” Many of us were disappointed recently because we had our hopes in a political solution to save America. But our problems are deeper than political. America needs a change of heart that only the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring about. Politics shakes the branches, but the gospel take an axe to the root of the tree”

    I have another quote that I kept: ‘How is it that Christians called to disperse the aroma of grace instead emit the noxious fumes of ungrace. In the United States the church has allowed itself to get so swept up in political issues that it plays by the rules of power, which are rules of ungrace. In no other areas is the church at greater risk of losing its calling than in the public square.”

    These two statements put into reality the state of the church today! We need to eliminate the love of power (engaging in politics ) and display the power of love!!!

  2. I have to differ with Gerri. What one person sees as the “love of power (engaging in politics)” others see as the witness Scripture requires that Christians give to what is right. The common comparison is with the German Christians in World War II, who stayed out of the politics of genocide and thus passively contributed to the murder of 12 million-or-so Christians and Jews. I love my country and am appalled and frightened by the depth to which we have sunk, not only in politics but in our national conscience and morality. I will witness to that, with the power God gives me. And I am grateful that my beloved LCMS is fearlessly witnessing to a government that is trying hard to make us violate our consciences and doctrines. Of course, we can witness with love, not with spit and vinegar, but witness we must … and sometimes emphatically. God help us all to serve in our own ways and to His glory.

    1. Avatar Peter Walsh (Conn.) says:

      Thank you Charlotte.

      Yes, Christians are not required to be politicians, but we are citizens and are called to Faithful Citizenship.

      There is some level of duty or obligation regarding civics. Here in my home state of Connecticut, over 90% of churchgoers in the conservative churches are NOT regular voters. Many have grown cynical.

      One can see that Faithful Citizenship is not a popular idea.

  3. Avatar Joshua Lake says:

    Ultimately, in matters of Life & Liberty, “we must obey God rather than men,” and must not and cannot remain silent.

    Even so, I believe Gerri and Charlotte are both correct.

    On the one hand, we must always be vigilant to stand on the Truth of God’s Word, standing firm on matters of conscience. In the Public Square this means not bending to popular opinion, nor being swayed by those who demand “Political Correctness.”

    This means affirming the the Sanctity of Life, God’s Institution of Marriage, and the Freedom of Speech and Religion.

    We cannot, and must not, go against conscience.

    On the other we must express these matters of conscience in meekness, humility, and in the Spirit of Love, using discretion in our words when confronted by these issues, publicly or privately.

    And as Jerry says, “we need to eliminate the love of power” – being that ever present danger to take authority over others, for Our Lord says to us,

    “Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

    Yes, this is most certainly True, “we need to eliminate the love of power” and, rather, as Gerry and Huey Lewis encourage us to do: always display “the Power of Love . . .”