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ELECTION 2012 – A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE PART 2
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
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ELECTION 2012 – A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
By Thomas Ertl – bio

Continued repost from: Chalcedon.edu

The results are clear. The left/socialists have worked tirelessly for a century and a half to shape the culture with their agenda and in the same period of time evangelical churches have done the opposite and retreated from the culture into an alien self-styled religious pietism. Evangelicals have only recently ventured into the political process. But all of the recent efforts, campaigns, fundraising, and political activism cannot overcome the dominating socialist institutions. This gives rise to the questions, what needs to be done and how can we change our failed strategy and be effective?

First, the church must enter all aspects of culture and build Christian institutions that will serve the people and give them an alternative to the worldview and practice of paganism and socialism.

The opportunities are endless. The most obvious realm which the church needs to enter and dominate is the institution of education. Is it a dream to think that one day the majority of evangelical churches and their leaders would embrace a plan to get every one of their Christian children out of these corporate/state run schools? After this is successful, is it possible to dream that evangelicals would then next set up a system of schools to educate the children of the un-churched? If Christ's church can revive in education what they have previously done in their history and start excellent schools with a curriculum of an uncompromised Christian worldview, pagan parents would not only send their children to these schools but they would pay for it.

Now, if we had thirty to fifty years to build alternative Christian educational institutions, do you think we would have a different outcome in the elections? Elections are won and lost between middle school and the first year of college. Education is only one of the multitudes of realms which churches and Christian people could enter and affect the culture for the glory of God. One thing we know for sure is the limitation of conservative political activism in a culture saturated with humanism. Culture always trumps politics. Politics by itself cannot bring about a cultural transformation because life is more than politics.

Now, does this mean churches should abandon their influence in the political sphere? No, not at all. But I would encourage a very different political strategy. A new strategy would be one which concentrates activism at the state and county levels of government. Practically, in today's world, to clean up the national government will be a difficult uphill battle. We have lost our national republic. The central banks, the financers, and the corporations have taken control of the national government and its agencies. Our elected representatives serve them and not the people.

It is not the same for the states and counties. Our system of government and its constitution are set up for state and county sovereignty. It is the county with its sheriff and well-armed populace that is the last stopgap to federal tyranny. At the state level, our U. S. Constitution promotes a clear legal foundation for state sovereignty. It is at the state and county levels that a new political strategy must be developed.

Politically, our future hope is not in the election of the American monarch we know as the president or the U. S. Senate. Our protection and future is a strategy in the states and counties. This is where influence and activism should be directed. Our legislators, county commissioners, and sheriffs are where the real authority is in American civil government.

Another important stopgap to the present and coming national tyranny is the nullification of federal law at the state level. Part of our Christian political activism should be to lay out a plan and encourage our legislators to use their constitutional authority to nullify federal law and its usurpation on the states. A state nullification strategy can be implemented especially if like- minded states work together. This would be an unstoppable political force.

Another question concerning last Tuesday evening: does anyone still think the Republican Party establishment is really a friend to the church advancing Christ's Kingdom in the world? The reality is that the Republican Party is much closer to the Democrats and socialists than it is to our Christian position.

American Christians have lost much in the last century. We cannot apply the same insane and failed political strategies of the last thirty years. Our church and political leaders must provide a dramatic aggressive change of direction. We must engage the culture and build again all of the institutions of life on the foundation of an uncompromised Christian Biblical worldview.

The issue before us is not socialism, central bankers, the corporate press, or labor unions. The issue is the church. The foundation for our future liberties rests upon it. Will the pastors and lay leaders break free from their self-styled retreatist evangelicalism and build again an army of churches to enter the culture to change it for the glory of God? Will Christian political leaders honestly face the reality of their failed strategies of power politics and embrace a different paradigm of activism at the state and local levels of civil authority?

The church has faced times like ours before and has prevailed. The victory of the church in history can be our victory in the future if we are willing to pay the price to build an army to take on and change American culture. We are in a war, a war for the culture. Will the church awaken and engage?

Thomas Ertl is a residential builder in Tallahassee, Florida, and president of the Pierre Viret Association, (USA).

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