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The Law versus Righteousness

American Evangelical Christians embraced the Republican party over the last decade thinking that our nation can be changed through political means. I am not going to argue against Christians involvement in politics. We should be because it is a part of our stewardship responsibilities that we will be accountable to God for on the day of judgment. Rather I am addressing the subtle difference between the law and righteousness. This point is the nucleus to the issue of law and grace.

First of all, we need to remember as Christians there are two laws that we are affected by, that are not related. The first law is the law of Moses that is the covenant between God and Israel. As gentile believers in the Son of God, who is the God of Moses, Jesus Christ, we are not part of that covenant. We are in the New Covenant made to all mankind who will accept the forgiveness of sins given us through the atonement made by God when He became the second Adam. We are not under that law.

1 Tim 1:9
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (KJV)

Which brings us to the second law. This is the civil law of every nation and government. We are all under this law. In the United States the laws of the land were based upon the Mosaic law. Our laws today have gone far from that law. Christians need to remember that the Mosaic law was for an unregenerate people. It was an external means of righteousness. And it was doomed to failure, although the apostle Paul explained to the Roman Christians that the law was to show sin.

Rom 7:7
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. (KJV)

If we as a nation want laws to operate as the Mosaic law did, then the death penalty has to be the consequence for the majority of crimes. Is this why Christians joined the Republican party? Do we want a nation run like Islamic law? For that is the natural end to such a path. Those who are born again believers in Christ see evangelical activism in that light. I am not surprised by Rosie O’Donnel’s comment.

Our system of government was not based solely on the Mosaic law. It is in part, however. Why? Because our founding fathers knew that the nation would always be a mix of believers with unbelievers. But they had hope that the believers would do their job as salt and light. Our government depended upon hearts being transformed by the life of Jesus Christ. The law is to be a channel that leads people to Christ.

But Evangelicals have the mistaken understanding that they are to be obedient to the law as the means to righteousness. It is the other way around. We are to do what is right first, then we would be in obedience to the law. We can only do what is right by following the leading of righteousness that has been imparted into our heats in the person of Jesus Christ. Likewise, doing what is right is not always obedience to the laws, for the laws of a nation are not the same as the laws that God gave Israel through Moses. We are to do what is right regardless of whether the laws agree or disagree with what is right.

Our nation will not be changed through legislation. The law is the tool of Satan. Consider what the Psalmist said.

Ps 94:20
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? (KJV)

The truth is, the throne of iniquity continues to frame mischief through the law. We are not to fight the enemy on his turf. We fight on the Lord’s conquered ground, which is the blood of Jesus. If we want to see our nation changed, first we as believers have got to stop living by the law, and instead live by righteousness, which is to do that which is right.

Prov 12:5
The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. (KJV)

Second, we need to witness boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am in the house church movement who believe witnessing should be a relational organic growth. I agree with this wisdom, but I also believe that it is better share Jesus clumsily, than not to share Jesus at all. Our nation will change when we keep our focus on Christ and the Great Commission.

Original Post Comments

February 17, 2007 at 12:07 pm
Antibush
Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
Are we safer today than we were before?
We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

February 17, 2007 at 2:18 pm
Editor
Antibush,

Thank you for your comment. The problem is not Bush or even Hillary if she is elected. The problem are the international bankers who controll all nations through debt. Americans are not aware that the United States became a UN subordinate in 1944 through the Bretton Woods Agreement. At that time WWII was ending. The League of Nations was a completely toothless organization that was being dumped. The UN was in the paperwork stage and officially began running in 1945. It began anew as the United Nations because, the corporation of Washington, DC had handed over the US Treasury to the UN as their private bank account. Both the League of Nations and the United Nations are creations of the international bankers through their government puppets. Iraq was invaded, not because of weapons of mass destruction, but because Saddam Hussein had the audacity to sell his oil for Euros instead of Federal Reserve notes, which was part of the Bretton Woods Agreement. Before WWII there was no Iraq, nor Iran or any other Middle East country. All that territory was part of the Ottoman Empire which was defeated when it allied itself with Hitler. The whole purpose of WWII was to destroy that empire, carve it up, and to set Israel in the midst to be a fly in the hornet’s nest. The UN has been hostile to Israel from the get go, because they are trying to foment WWIII, which will finally usher in a true world government.

Meanwhile, we Americans are subservient to the UN, which is the front for the bankers. Every politician is chosen to further their agenda through the Hegalian dialectic, which means have two opposing factions conflict to result in a third compromise which is the intended goal. No matter who is in office, they serve the UN, not the American people, for they are corporate officers of the UN.

What is greivous about Bush, is that he is a man of external integrity. But he is either an outright liar or a very decieved fool. If his interests were to truly serve the American people, he would secure our borders instead of pushing a national ID upon us. But the ID is conducive to the North American Union that the bankers are trying to forge through the UN.

You should also be aware that all countries are subservient to the bankers through debt. Both Mexico and Canada are working towards this union and betraying their citizens as well.

The point of this blog is to remind us that what is lawful stems from what is right, not legal. We as citizens should judge the legal statutes being forced upon us and reject those statutes as unlawful, for they further the banker agenda, and not the God given rights of people.

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