Political and Cultural Polytheists
“You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me.
For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
Exodus 23:32-33 (NKJV)
Forty years ago, as a new Christian, I was taught that living in America means we Christians need to be tolerant of other views and opinions; that we should give other views as much weight as we give to our Christian views. It would be unjust, I was told, to for Christians to seek to move government and society in general toward a “Christian” culture, with “Christian” laws and institutions based on Christian principles; every viewpoint should be given EQUAL opportunity; after all, America is a pluralistic society.
This idea is grandly in error. When Jesus left earth, He was exalted to the right hand of God and crowned as King of planet earth and given all authority in heaven and on earth as the Second Adam, The God-MAN to whom dominion had been given and restored back to mankind in Jesus, that dominion Adam gave to the devil in the Garden. Just before Jesus left earth to sit at God’s right hand to exercise His “mediatorial reign”, He gave His disciples the Great Commission. In that Commission Jesus commanded His followers to turn the nations into Christian nations, “teaching them to OBEY EVERYTHING I have commanded you”.
If the teaching I received as a young Christian were true, Jesus would have said something like this in the Great Commission: “You are about to go into the all the world. As you go, I want you to realize there are different cultures and beliefs. As you go, don’t try to impose your views on them; let each idea have equal weight and equal opportunity. And lo! I am with you always, helping you to be tolerant and accepting of other ideas, compromising, even to the end of the world.” This “great commission” would promote political polytheism. The actual Great Commission insists that the nations OBEY ALL THINGS.
Are you a political polytheist? Do you believe all opinions should have equal weight in the public arena?
Are you an educational polytheist? Do you believe it is ok for your children to be discipled into viewpoints contrary to the Christian Faith such as the discipling children receive through the public education system?
Jesus said, “Teaching THEM to OBEY” is what we should be doing, not compromising with them so we can get along. The same principle is set forth in the verse quoted at the opening of this post, “You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
Surely we can respect people, no matter their views, but we are not authorized by Jesus to accept and allow to rule or go unchallenged anti-Jesus, anti-Christian, anti-Biblical ideas. We are to be always, “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV). This we are to do within ourselves (Romans 12:1, 2) and within the cultures of the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
May God give us the ability to think clearly and to live faithfully. May God deliver us from political and educational polytheism!
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