Common Excuses Given by Political Inactive Christians
compiled by Danny Carlton
Excuse #1
"Christians shouldn't criticise our leaders in government. We should show love by supporting them in everything they do."
Response
3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Phillip's wife.
4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
  Matthew 14:3,4

John the Baptist sacrificed his entire ministry because he criticised the moral behaviour of Herod (Ceasar's appointed leader for that part of Isreal). He was later beheaded (see verse 10). This was the man whom Jesus refered to in this way:

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist...
  Matthew 11:11a

 

Excuse #2
"Christians shouldn't call people names. Jesus never did."

Response

A quick read of Matthew, Chapter 23 provides an interesting look at Jesus' approach to those abusing the power God has entrusted to them. The Lord calls the Pharisees hypocrites, 6 times (vs. 13-15,23,25,27 and 29), blind guides, 2 times (vs. 16 and 24), fools and blind, twice (vs. 17 and 19), Blind Pharisee (v. 26), serpents and generation of vipers (v. 33), and child of hell (v. 15) each once. In verse 27 He compares them to whited sepulchres, about as offensive a remark as possible to an orthodox Jew. And that's only one chapter...

 

Excuse #3
"Christians shouldn't condemn people for doing something sinful. We alienate them and drive them further from God."

Response

This is usually in reference to any remark about sinful behavior or legislation that promotes sinful behavior. To oppose special rights for homosexuals is equal to hatred of homosexuals in this mindset. To oppose a welfare system that encourages out of wedlock births and discourages men from taking responsibility for the children they father has become equal to racism. Of course oppposing a candidate merely because he is a Christian ("All those Christians are homophobes and racists, anyway, y'know") is acceptable. Condemnation of a behavior becomes condemnation of a person only because that person would rather his behavior not be condemned. I'm sure Hitler didn't like his bad press either.

 

Excuse #4
"What's law is law and we should obey it and not become a nuisance."

Response

18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all or teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whither it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
  Acts 4:18-20


The Bible is very clear about our response to laws which command us to disobey God, OBEY GOD. Laws which do not command us to disobey God but are immoral in themselves, (i.e. Roe v. Wade, Dred Scott, Apartheid) we MUST fight to remove. As American citizens it is our duty, and as Children of God we are to do our duty.
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unenalienable Rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it..."
[emphasis mine]

 

Excuse #5
"Christians shouldn't legislate their morality on everyone else."

Response

Or as put by Lord Melbourne,
"Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade public life."

He was voicing his opposition to the abolition of the Slave Trade.

On Dec 18, 1865 Slavery was abolished in the United States.

All states have age of consent laws, but that age varies from state to state. Some homosexual groups are fighting for the repeal of all age of consent laws, which would make child molestation legal.

All laws are legislations of someone's morality whether its slavery, polygamy or simply the speed limit. The choice is not, whether to or not, but whose.

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