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Good Morning Pioneer Baptist!

What about a pastor writing about politics?

One day the Pharisees told Jesus to “get out of town” saying “….for Herod will kill thee.” It could have happened. The Herods were a family, a ruling family for generations, and this particular Herod (Herod Antipas) is the one who had John the Baptist executed, and is the same one who was involved in the trial of Jesus resulting in His crucifixion at the hands of Pilate. It was this Herod’s father (Herod the Great) from whom God told Joseph to flee “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” (Matthew 2:13). Herod the Great didn’t get Jesus, but he did slaughter a bunch of innocent babies. And when Joseph returned from Egypt, it was Herod Archelaus, another son of Herod the Great and the brother of Herod Antipas, who was ruling and was the reason Joseph went to Galilee to reside. It was the grandson of Herod the Great, Herod Agrippa I, who had James Zebedee killed. So, Yes, when the Pharisees told Jesus to get out of town because Herod (Antipas) would kill Him, it wasn’t bad advice at all, for the Herods had the power and the disposition to kill people. But Jesus told the Pharisees, “Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” (cf Luke 13:31-32)

Talk about bad manners! Politicians end up with all kinds of power, too often used in ways that are harmful or offensive (usually both) to Christians. Jesus didn’t like or approve of such politicians, and like some politicians of today, he even made up names for them, like “fox.”

Ripping a baby out of the womb in the final stages of pregnancy is reprehensible (Not to mention forcing us to finance such an atrocity through taxation). Allowing our law enforcement officers to be abused and stripped of authority is something that, especially with Christians’ guns being confiscated, is simply wrong and far from being in our best interests. Seeing civilians beaten in the streets by violent mobs, and watching public buildings and vehicles burned up and destroyed is something that Christians generally abhor. And those “fox-like politicians” who allow these things to take place on their watch are not people we enjoy serving under.

I’m pretty sure John Baptist didn’t like the Herods, Jesus labeled one of theirs as noted in this writing, and even Augustus Caesar said of Herod the Great, “It is better to be Herod’s hog than his son.” (This after Herod had executed family members, including his favorite wife and his own son.) When a pastor writes on politics, that pastor stands in a great and necessary Christian tradition on behalf of Christians everywhere. We need only look to numerous countries of the world where Christians are persecuted, even to death, to know we must speak up about political right and wrong!

It’s time to throw the foxes out of America’s henhouse!

Love and Prayers to all,

Pastor

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