C’mon Church, a Political Activist?

Posted on April 27, 2021


By David Ettinger

Disturbing Headline
While perusing a Christian news website, my eye fell upon the following disturbing headline:

“Church Forced to Cancel Event with Conservative Activist Charlie Kirk after Receiving Threats of Violence.”[1]

The article explained that “radical terrorist mobs threatened the church with violence in response to Kirk’s scheduled appearance.”

Yes, it is disturbing that the church’s legal rights were attacked by radical liberals, but for me, the greater offense was committed by this evangelical church in Puyallup, Washington.

Why in the world are they inviting a political activist – conservative or liberal – to speak there? While the Western Church is losing people and will be facing unprecedented challenges – including persecution – in the years to come, here in the States we keep dancing ever more cozily with politics, something the Bible does not encourage.

A Bad Marriage
I covered some of my views of the Church mingling with politics in my previous blog, “The 2020 Elections and Christian Hypocrisy,” so I don’t want to repeat myself. However, I do want to reiterate how the marriage between Christianity and politics is one destined for heartache and failure.

As we draw ever nearer to the return of Christ and the end of this age of human history, the Church needs to be training its congregants on how to live godly lives in these ever-darkening days. And the best way to do this is by teaching the basics of the Bible.

Christians need to know what God’s Word says, not what a political activist says. Yes, Christians need to recognize the rampant godless ideology inundating our culture, but we do so by reading our Bibles and understanding it – not learning how to combat it in the political arena.

Instead of bringing in a political activist to speak, how about bringing in a speaker who will clearly and concisely explain the essentials of the Gospel? Riling up the political fervor of Christians will accomplish nothing good. However, explaining the Gospel in a step-by-step manner will. Instead of Charlie Kirk, why not a Sunday School teacher who will explain:

1) We are all born sinners (Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23).

2) The consequences of being a born sinner (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27).

3) We cannot save ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

4) God paid the penalty for us (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18).

5) We must confess Christ and receive Him as Savior (John 1:12; Romans 10:9).

6) The permanence of salvation (John 5:24; John 10:28; Romans 8:39).

And how about while the speaker is explaining the core of the Gospel, he reminds the congregation of these two vital truths:

1) Jesus Christ is God (John 10:30; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).

2) Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Which Message?
THIS is what should be taught at churches, not conservative politics. How many Christians can clearly lay out the basics of the Gospel as was done above? Very few, I’m sad to say. How many Christians can tell you why the current Presidential regime is bad? Tons, I’m sad to say.

Which message will equip God’s people – that shared from a political activist, or a clear teaching of the Gospel?

And finally, which message will help lead people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Which message will let the unsaved know that they are destined for an eternity in Hell, but that by committing their lives to Christ, they can spend eternity with Him in Paradise?

There are places in this world for political activists, but church is not one of them. And there is a place to teach the basics of the Christian faith and of the Bible – that being every Christian church on Planet Earth!

[1] https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/church-forced-to-cancel-event-with-conservative-activist-charlie-kirk-after-receiving-threats-of-violence.html