Zeigler claimed there are many instances in the Bible where older men had sexual relations with young girls. He cites Mary and Joseph as one example. That the religious left has made similar analogies to advance their political agenda is no excuse. It proves my point. Religious liberals long ago stopped preaching a gospel of personal salvation in favor of a social gospel that is more social than gospel.
Conservative evangelicals are repeating this error.
This being the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, politically active Christians would do well to read deeper than the 95 Theses
In an essay for
"In Luther's view," writes Ryre, "God permits these scoundrels to rule because 'the world is too wicked, and does not deserve to have many wise and upright princes.' Anticipating (James)
That is the antithesis of the theology and political activism of many modern evangelicals, who seem to prefer access to temporal power more than faithfulness to a kingdom and King not of this world.
Ryre continues: "(Luther's) point, deeply counterintuitive to most modern sensibilities, is that government is not very important. It is necessary in a humdrum way for as long as this passing world endures, but Christians should not pay much attention to it. Their hearts should be set instead on the kingdom of Christ, where there is no law, and no coercion, and which is not passing away."
There is an unstated conceit among some evangelicals that God is only at work when a Republican is elected, even a Republican who does not share their view of Jesus, or practice what He taught. It is the ultimate compromise, which leads to the corruption and dilution of a message more powerful than what government and politics offer.
German Protestantism made its own Faustian bargain in the 1930s. Theologian
Henry VIII provides another cautionary tale when it comes to fusing faith with politics. Here's Ryre's indictment: "Henry was no Protestant, but most English Protestants were willing to swallow their principles for the sake of an alliance with him..."
Principles are still being swallowed today in exchange for a false sense of influence and power.
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says about the church at Ephesus, which had been strongly influenced by the Emperor's cult and worship of the Greek goddess Artemis: "You have left your first love," meaning Himself. (Rev 2:4)
For too many modern Protestants, politics has become a cult and their "Artemis." They are forgetting their first love, the consequences of which can be found in history, dating back to