The Religious Right and Me
Something to Think About
Baptist fundamentalists are known for their Baptist distinctive called
individual soul liberty. We must be careful not to violate what we believe
when we point out error. Letís remember that famous quotation "I do not
believe a word that you are saying, but, I would die for your right to
say it." However, we must speak out when others speak for us and by so
doing they hinder the Gospel of Christ. When they misrepresent us, we must
present our position. This ought to be done in love, hoping to free the
Gospel from slander and misrepresentation. The Gospel must not be hid,
we must proclaim Christ and Him crucified. When politics or politicians
have an adverse effect on the climate for the preaching of the gospel,
we must not be silent.
We must ask ourselves; does the media have any inclination toward our mentality?
Does the media speak for us through its famous evangelical voices? Does
the media, through News Broadcasters, speak for us? Can you say that CNN,
ABC, CBS, NBC, speak from our position regarding religious issues, or regarding
our political stance? Do they speak to our harm? Consider this, does the
term The religious Right fit us? Is the term being used to make us look
good to the world? What benefit or harm does the Gospel receive from this
characterization, in light of their purpose? We have heard over and over
again that we are part of "the religious Right.". Is that our understanding?
Is that our role? Is that how we see ourselves? They insist that we are.
Is it their belief that if they say it often enough we will accept it as
truth. If we understand their intent, we wonít!
The media continually pounds away on this phrase for a reason. It was almost
impossible to watch a newscast during the primary elections and not hear
the commentator speak of the religious Right. We are far from hearing the
last of it. Be very sure that they say it with negative overtones, sometimes
loudly enunciated, often with subtle implication. Is there such a title
as the unreligious right? Maybe that term is reserved for the left. It
is not to be expected that we will soon hear the term the unreligious left.
That would cause an immediate outcry of "how dare you" "foul" "not true"
"Politically incorrect" "not fair". For sure, you will not be hearing that
Assigning names to believers is not new. It all began back in the Middle
of the first century. Acts 11:26 records that the disciples were sarcastically
called "Christians" in Antioch. They grew to like the term, and began using
it freely. Being called by various names doesnít hurt when they have at
least a measure of accuracy. If you want to call a born again Christian
by a name here are a few suggestions; "So heavenly minded; no earthly good"
"Bible believing Christian" "A believer in absolutes" "Fanatic" etc. These
terms are not all good, but they have some measure of truth. The problem
is that they donít let up; no, not on Christians; no, not on big business;
no, not on the virtues of big government; no, not on the environment. No
they donít and they wonít let up.
One can not turn on the TV without hearing their side. We hear it in almost
every TV movie, every sitcom, every newspaper. This is serious because
they are teachers of the masses. They are the influences of the world.
The frequency is overwhelming, overbearing. They speak with such intensity
and authority that after a while one can almost think that maybe they have
it right. They donít. The media is leading men down the path of everlasting
damnation. They are wizards of perversion and distortion. Some say that
the greatest accomplishment of Satan is his ability to convince men that
he does not exist.
The media wants us to believe that they are not bias. That is a monumental
As born-again Christians we believe that God exists and that He is the
center and the circumference of all things. He sustains, He upholds, He
worketh all things, He is the very center of all things. Believing in Him
therefore puts our position right in the center of His will. Not right
nor left but center.
As citizens, and thankful to God for that fact, we trust in the constitution
of the United States. We see it as being the best in the world. We understand
it represents the center, the core, of all that is America. Trusting that
the constitution is just, puts our position smack in the center. Not left,
nor right, but center. Would you consider us to be to the right or to the
left when we teach what we believe, or would we be in the center as God
is in the center, or are we as the world would say narrow-minded?
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created upright, in a state
of innocence, under the law of his Creator with the potential for greatness,
dignity, and nobility. By a deliberate transgression of Godís command Adam
fell from his sinless state. Adam was the Federal head of all mankind.
All men are related to Adam seminally. Therefore when Adam sinned all men
sinned; in consequence of which all men fell from their sinless state and
are totally depraved. All men are partakers of Adam's fallen nature, and
are sinners by nature and they demonstrate it by their conduct. All men
are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. What would
they make of this doctrine?
We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly
of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the
appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, being without
sin, and by His death made a full and vicarious propitiation sufficient
for our sins and the sins of all mankind. His sacrifice was not as a martyr,
but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the
Just dying for the unjust, Christ bearing our sins in His own body on the
tree. He is in every way qualified to be a suit-able, compassionate and
all sufficient Savior and all that the Father gives Him shall come to Him
and He will not cast them out. All true believers are washed from their
sins in His blood.
Would we be to the right or to the left when we teach what we believe,
or would we be in the center as God is in the center or maybe we are just
narrow-minded unsophisticated fools? Unlearned? We who believe the Bible
are told that we are narrow-minded. They, in contrast, must be broad-minded.
Think on that. I believe that "God so loved the world, that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life" (John 3:16) That is not the religious Right; that
is the center of Godís truth.
We must ask ourselves, what does the media want to accomplish by their
constant use of their term the religious Right.. Do they want us, who proclaim
Christ and Him crucified, to be seen as the enemy of the people? Yes. How
will that aid in the spreading of the gospel? It wonít! What are we to
do about it? Pray for them. Keep the name "Christian". Hold fast the faith.
Donít trade it in for a political name like the religious Right. Continue
to preach and teach in season and out of season the things that are central
Keith W. Rose
Rev. Keith W. Rose
RR 1 Box 5
Dixmont, ME 04932-9701