The stage is set. It's time for battle. But before we can charge in, we have to understand where the battle is raging and what the enemy is fighting for.
There are three specific battlefields going on simultaneously. The first one is cultural. While men like Dr Russell Moore have already claimed that Christians have lost the Culture War, we must not give up. The unbiblical Hedonism we see in American Society is rampant and completely ungodly. This war is over the minds of Americans, both Christian and secular. To win this war, we must show the world we have the answers to the problems society faces.
Because God's Word is true, the principles found in it are critical to a functional society. Whether it's sex outside of marriage, abortion, vulgar language and behavior or greed and selfishness, we must wage this war with the utmost ethics and morality. We must study our beliefs on these subjects, always having an answer for "anyone who ask you for a reason for the hope that is in you." (1 Peter 3:15)
The other weapon we have in our arsenal is the Gospel. It's actually our primary weapon. One of the chief proofs the Gospel is so effective is in the transformed life. When people come to Christ, they are sanctified by the Holy Spirit, becoming more Christ-like over the course of the rest of their life. So, logically, the more true believers we have in our society, the more righteous our country becomes.
The moral decay on our society is not simply an indictment of our country, but an indictment on the failure of the church to preach the Gospel "in season and out of season." (2 Timothy 4:2) The responsibility of the crumbling of our nation falls on the shoulders of the Church.
The second battlefield is political. Within this side of the war, we are engaged in how we govern ourselves. While other battlefields have been fought by the majority of Conservative Christians, many of the mainstream Evangelical leaders have no engaged in the political battle. Because of a lack of engagement, we've been losing this war for many years. Unfortunately, this loss here has also spilled over into other battlefields.
Here in the United States of America, we live in a self-governed society. Because of this, we have a say in the laws that are passed. This was an intentional attempt at checks and balances by our Founding Fathers. So when people like Pastor John MacArthur cite Romans 13 and demand that we submit to the authorities, they lack an understanding of our governmental structure.
Engaging in the political world is an opportunity for us to shine light into darkness and pass laws that reflect the principles of the Gospel. It also allows us to enforce actual justice, "for rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad." (Romans 13:3)
The final, yet most important, war is a theological war. To wage this war, we must, first and foremost, consistently dive into our study of Scripture and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The battles we are fighting right now are over theological principles being undermined, including the understanding of sin, the role and calling of the church and the purpose of the Gospel. We must always hold firm to Biblical Christianity, and continue to fight over definitions.
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