For years, I didn’t believe that elections, posters, and petitions (government, business) had any real effect. I thought they were useless and a waste of time. “Why don’t more people pray,” I asked myself. Evil people in power were going to accomplish their dirty work anyway.
Too often I see Christians using human methods rather than spiritual ones. This is especially true in the creation, pro-life, and biblical marriage movements. Too few Christians recognize their real enemy either. Behind every person is a spiritual power, God (and his angels) or Satan (and his demons). If a person is obstructing the gospel, then he or she needs Jesus. However, we must also bind Satan and identify his instruments. Yes, creation must combat evolution, life abortion, and marriage homosexuality, etc. Yet these anti-Christian ideologies are Communist goals. Planned Parenthood also feeds on and is supported by the New Age movement.
St. John the Divine is the headquarters of the Temple of Understanding, an interfaith effort to steer away people from traditional religions to a hybrid kind of spirituality based on New Age philosophies, neo-paganism and a mix of organized religions’ traditions. … “Peace” will only happen when all there will be a single world government. “Balance with nature” will only happen when the world population will drastically decrease and “harmony with the infinite” will only happen when the world will give up traditional religions to embrace neo-pagan humanism. … People embracing this New Age spirituality are more likely to accept controversial projects like Planned Parenthood and eugenics. When Nature is your religion, you see human life as a parasitic presence and [are] more likely to rationalize the death of masses of population.
The spiritual state of America shows that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities … powers … the rulers of the darkness of this age,” and “spiritual … wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).* Truly, Satan masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Therefore, we must not “war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (10:3-4).
Still, I now recognize the validity of those “useless” elections, posters, and petitions. My refusal to use and advocate any human methods was fatalistic – que sera, sera.
First, the U.S. Constitution gives its citizens the right to vote, run for office, and petition the federal government for a redress of grievances. Citizens can also contact government officials (local, state, and federal) about their opinions on issues. These legal avenues are available to us and we should use them whenever possible. Second, through posters and petitions we can change the way that individuals, governments, and businesses both think and act. We can also disturb their consciences if our efforts fail. Either way, we’ll help the next generation succeed.
However, there are caveats. First, legally insisting on our constitutional rights if and when they’re stripped from us does not mean we’ll succeed. We can’t force people to obey or do what is right. Second, the Constitution doesn’t apply to other nations. I fear that too many American Christians unconsciously think it does when they’re petitioning foreign governments for the protection or release of fellow Christians. We must respect the sovereignty of other nations in our petitions. America is not the world’s police force. Third, if we neglect prayer and rely solely on human methods, then God will let us lose. In every victory, He must have the glory.
“It takes two wings to fly.” True faith in God bears the fruit of good words and deeds. The same is true of spiritual warfare. It must have arms and legs. When Nehemiah, a cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, heard about Jerusalem’s burned-down wall and gates, the first thing he did was fast and pray (1:4). He repented of Israel’s sins and asked God for the king’s favor (1:5-11, 2:4). Then Nehemiah petitioned this king to return to Jerusalem with men and supplies (2:5-8). Finally, he led others who had returned from captivity to rebuild the wall. They set a watch day and night and armed families with weapons (4:9, 13). Those who worked on the wall had a trowel in one hand and a weapon in the other, with a sword at their side (4:17-18).
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; he turns it wherever he wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). Too few Christians believe this. Too few pray. If we want to see revival in America, we must hold divine means (prayer) in one hand and human means in the other (elections, posters, and petitions). Only then will we have real success.
* All Scripture verses are NKJV unless otherwise noted.