Jun 24, 2009

Conservatism Won't Save America

Jan Markell
By Jan Markell

Can we take our government back in 2010 or 2012 and in like manner then take America back? That is what the majority of conservative talk show hosts keep proclaiming. I enjoy and learn a great deal from them but they are missing the mark. Their interpretation of "saving America" is most often turning more blue states into red states! They don't understand that changing America's political parties is not enough to turn the nasty tide. They are missing the root of the problem.

At the root of the troubling issues in America is the clash of worldviews and that goes well beyond conservatism and liberalism. I have emphasized the worldview issue on air recently, from my conversation with Dr. Ron Carlson on May 30 right through June 6 programming with Brannon Howse and Dr. David Noebel. Our nation's capitol is run by the worldview of secular humanists and that comes with a lot of baggage! Secular humanists occupy both sides of the aisle. There are also those in leadership with a biblical worldview, but we need many more because at present they are drowned out by the noise of the humanists.

A secular humanist believes he or she is a god and does not need the true God. He believes man is essentially good. That encourages the "appease disease." In other words, appease our worst enemies and treat them as our good friends, because in the end they will love us as we are all essentially good. This is why we see our leaders reaching out to the most vile and corrupt regimes (and abandoning longtime friends). The secular humanist would bitterly denounce the Bible verse that says, "The heart is deceitful and wicked above all things; who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9) And don't think that conservatives can't have a secular humanist worldview. It's an equal opportunity deceiver.

The biblical worldview says that we are a unique creation formed by a living God. But the humanist would suggest that our origin is from pond scum, apes, or monkeys. Because of this, the teaching in our public schools for decades has been that man is an accident caused by some slime billions of years ago. How tragic! The result is a seared conscience, indifference about life, and a philosophy that leans to the far left. That is why dictators can wipe out tens of millions and not bat an eyelash.

Installing more conservatives in government in 2010 or 2012 will not deal with today's rage against God, the new atheism, and the issues of a post-Christian America. Many of the commentators keep repeating that we must find a 21st century Ronald Reagan, but that will not turn this country around. Because God has been ripped from nearly every fabric of American life, even if political conservatives won every election in 2010 and 2012, without an American "heart change," our country will not recover.

It is worldview and not politics that determine everything, including our final destiny. God is looking for renewed hearts and not renewed ballot boxes.

If every state were a red state, our State Department would still never acknowledge that man is by nature sinful and needs a Savior.

Where do we begin to cause a turnaround in America? How about with our churches? A nation is only as strong as her churches are strong. Most of our churches will not preach on God's wrath and judgment. They will tell you God is all about love because that makes people come back the next week. Most of our churches - thankfully not all - are preaching a weak gospel that will never save souls! Many of our pulpits are filled with unsaved preachers who focus on a social gospel. When looking for pagans for whom to pray, don't forget some of our churches that have strayed and are no longer recognizable. They have smooth-talking preachers who tell stories and share fill-in-the-blank sermons.

Throw away the maps of the blue and red states. They are irrelevant. Listen to the talk show hosts for information and entertainment but remember that their solutions are light years away from the root of America's problems. They will tell you that their favorite potential political candidate for the presidency has the answers and America will shine as a bright light again, prosperity will return, and all will be well. As articulate, informative, and entertaining as they are, most of them haven't got a clue about what America really needs.

That is why they sound frustrated and perplexed. They do not yet understand that man's futile efforts at government won't ever properly work. They do not comprehend Isaiah 9:6-7:
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore."
Then, and only then, will government work.

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