Love It or Leave It: Not The Church’s Job!

Posted on July 22, 2019


By David Ettinger

The Firestorm
No doubt I’m going to be called a liberal or “snowflake” for this biblical stance, but I’m willing to risk it.

No doubt you’re familiar with President’s Trump ongoing war with what he calls “The Squad.” These are the four members of the U.S. House of Representatives considered to be part of the radical left wing of the Democratic Party.

Their far-left leanings have provoked ire in President Trump, culminating with his tweet that the four – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – should go to the nations of their descendants, fix those nations’ problems, and then return to the States and tell us how to fix our own problems. His insinuation is that if these four do not appreciate or love living here, they ought to leave.

The President’s “Love It or Leave It” message – and subsequent communications on the same theme – have stoked a firestorm of patriotism in our nation, many U.S. citizens fully agreeing with the President.

Infiltrating the Church
Sadly, this “Love It or Leave It” mentality has infiltrated the Church here in the States as evidenced by the sign of Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Virginia, which reads: “America: Love It or Leave It.”

This is both misguided and unfortunate. Though I am a political conservative and agree with many of our nation’s conservative policies, I strongly disagree with the non-Christian message of this sign. Though believers should be involved in politics to a degree, it is not our calling to be thoughtless, hostile, and spiritually blind. Such a message has no place on a church sign nor being projected from a pulpit.

The job of the Church is to preach a living Gospel to a lost and dying world.

Moment of Truth
Here’s a moment-of-truth question for believers who disagree with me. In your heart of hearts, which would you prefer: For the four “Squad” women to go far, far away and never come back, or that each one of them comes to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?

We are told to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), not to change the world’s politics. Besides, don’t you realize that the Gospel message is far more insidious to unbelievers than “Love It or Leave It?” Our message is that all people are born sinners and as such are destined for eternal damnation. However, God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to save us from our sins, and that all who accept Him as Lord and Savior will be spared Hell and spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

The insidious part (to unbelievers) is that Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven, and there is no other. We have enough on our hands trying to share this message!

More Harm Than Good
Though the Gospel message is a “hard sell,” it is also a loving one in that it offers salvation. It is difficult enough to share this message without also needlessly entering politics and sowing seeds of discord. The Gospel will spread enough discord without us flaming the fires. If we’re going to have a fighting chance, let’s not muck up the waters with “Love It or Leave It” messages in our churches.

Our foremost desire should be to see lost souls saved and leave the politics at home or the workplace, where they belong – not in the house of God!