Pope Francis PoliticsThere is no perfect political party for the devout Christian, period! I was watching MSNBC this evening for a short while and a commentary on Pope Francis was in progress. While Fox News and CNN have generally highlighted the historic value of an Argentinian Cardinal becoming the head of the Catholic church, MSNBC has mostly chosen to amplify his stand on abortion (pseudo-name “Women’s Rights”) and gay marriage (pseudo-name “minority civil rights”). I find it humorous that when it is convenient, liberal media will jump on the big sotyr of the Pope. The same media will also support the banning of the Ten Commandments in the courthouses and the public square, and now somehow they feel they have a right to have influence in the Vatican or church leadership.

One of the major comments that disturbed me was that MSNBC pointed out that, then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio lost a battle in politics because the former Cardinal asked the church in Argentina to pray against gay marriage being legalized. They continued to say how irrelevant he is because religion is different now. That is the key difference… mankind always changes… God never changes. For so-called progressives the idea of standing ground and keeping to beliefs that never change is backwards and enslaving.

As Christians, may we never look to politics, political leaders or lawful societies for any confirmation of the gospel message. The gospel should stand alone as the source of truth. I think that our trying to be all things to all men has gotten so far out of hand for so many of us believers. The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 discusses this area of faith. In my years of ministry I have often been thrown this scripture passage when I confronted an issue of compromise or preached on standing ground on certain issues. There is a misinterpretation of this scripture available at every turn.

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ESV

Paul was not urging Christians to go to nightclubs and only drink one beer so they can win their non-believing friends to Christ. Paul was not saying for us to endorse or support abortion and gay marriage because that will get people to like us and think we are with the times. What Paul was saying is that in order for us to bring understanding in our gospel message we cannot elevate our humanity above anyone else, the ground is level at the cross. If I am an academic or intellectual, I am not to talk with children at a level that would bore them or make them think Christianity is out of reach.  I believe Paul’s motto for his life and ministry lies in Philippians 2:2-4.

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:2-4 ESV

We are told by atheists, agnostics and liberals to keep church and state separated when ministers and Christian leaders publicize their political opinions but the same standard does not apply the other way around it seems. The stark hypocrisy is ironic, but the Bible is clear what will be endorsed by a secular society:

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV

The gospel does not change and God does not change so as “times change” so the persecution of the saints should grow. The Bible does not tell us to “do what is necessary to avoid conflict and hide your beliefs if they disagree with society”. The Bible does tell us to “be holy as I (God) am holy” Having the media correct Christianity is irrelevant and a mute point and believers everywhere should avoid becoming desensitized by the media powers that be. The only way to do that is to be in the Word of God daily and have a powerful prayer life.