|Kissing the Son in the Civil Arena|
by Reed R. Heustis, Jr.
August 15, 2008
|HEN CHRISTIAN patients seek medical attention from Christian hospitals, very few scream, "Extremists!"|
When Christian parents send their children to Christian schools, very few label them as "bigots."
When Christian citizens send their money to Christian missions to provide services for impoverished nations, very few describe them as "intolerant."
Non-Christians usually do not mind when Christians get involved. In fact, non-Christians are obvious beneficiaries when Christians establish Christian organizations.
The freedom of religion not only allows Christians to organize themselves in the fields of medicine, education and philanthropy, just to name a few aspects of life, but it also allows those of other religions to enjoy the same freedom.
However, the moment Christians organize themselves politically in the civil arena, somehow that same liberty ceases to exist.
When Christians create political organizations, such as a Christian political party like the American Heritage Party, look out, duck for cover! They will be demonized as extremists, bigots, and intolerant tyrants, just to name a few of the nicer epithets.
It does not require a post-graduate degree for people to realize that a cultural war is being waged in the American civil arena. There are two sides to this war: Christianity and Secular Humanism.
The top priority for any civil magistrate is to acknowledge the Kingship of Jesus Christ in the political arena and to serve Him. As the Psalmist wrote:
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:10-12, emphasis added)
To kiss the Son means to pay homage to the Lord Jesus Christ, who rules in all affairs of men, including civic affairs.
Not surprisingly, non-Christian civil magistrates refuse to pay homage to the Son, while Secular Humanists vociferously defend this "right" to refuse to do so.
To make matters worse, Secular Humanists take the further step of forbidding Christian civil magistrates to pay the same homage! In the minds of Secular Humanists, any civil magistrate who publicly acknowledges the Kingship of Jesus Christ necessarily mixes religion with politics, and this is somehow verboten.
Ironically though, the Secular Humanists are absolutely correct on one count. The reason why a Christian civil magistrate mixes religion with politics is precisely because it is impossible to separate religion from politics. Thus, the Secular Humanists are wrong on the other count in that mixing the two is unavoidable.
It is not a question as to whether religion should be mixed with politics, but rather which religion?
Whose God reigns?
Even the Secular Humanist civil magistrate who refuses to acknowledge King Jesus, mixes his own religion, namely Secular Humanism, with his own politics. Religion and politics are inextricably intertwined. No political position can be based upon non-religion. An atheist, much to his chagrin, is no less religious because he makes himself to be his own god. Therefore, his atheistic political position is likewise religious because it is steeped in his worship of Self.
Non-Christian civil magistrates necessarily reject God. As the apostle John wrote, "The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him." (John 5:22, emphasis added)
If a civil magistrate does not honor Christ, then he cannot possibly honor God. Do Americans really want to empower magistrates who dishonor our Lord? Have Americans forgotten that their rights to life, liberty and property come from God? If a civil magistrate does not honor God, then how can he trusted to uphold God-given rights?
In the arena of politics, Americans must choose to pay homage to Christ or to pursue the path that leads to destruction. As Matt Chancey wrote in his article, "The Message of History: Kiss the Son," on August 3, 2006, "Every nation has to make one of two choices: kiss the Son or serve the serpent. The whole of history is an account of which nations kissed the Son and which nations served the snake ˜ and what happened as a result." (emphasis added)
In America, citizens still enjoy at least some form of liberty to pursue Godliness in many aspects of life, such as medicine, education, philanthropy, business, music and the arts. When it comes to politics though, Christians are forced to check their religion at the door, and too many Christians are far too willing to oblige.
If Christians are "allowed" to have their own Christian hospitals, Christian schools, and Christian missions, then why not their own Christian civic organizations?
Why not their own Christian party that is dedicated to supporting Christian candidates?
If a Christian's political party does not explicitly acknowledge the Kingship of Jesus Christ, even in the affairs of law and politics, then that Christian should seriously ponder the reason why he remains mired in that party.
The culture war rages....
Is it not true that the time is far overdue for all citizens, including kings and rulers of the earth, presidents and legislators, city councilmen and police chiefs, and registered voters everywhere, to kiss the Son and serve the Lord?
Reed R. Heustis, Jr., Esq. is a Southern California native, and publisher of Christian Constitutionalist. A member of the State Bar of California, Reed earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California at Irvine. Reed and his family are members of a local church affiliated with the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America.
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