You agree with your grandfathers’ findings while awaiting, with no small degree of dread, their obvious next question which is, “What happened? What caused all this? Were we invaded and occupied by some evil enemy force?” [Yes, we were!] “Or, did we elders leave things in such bad shape for you young people that this madness was inevitable?”
Suddenly, one day in 2004, as you continue to experience the prevailing discouraging psychological factors around you, both of your now deceased Christian grandfathers – and their fathers, too – magically appear before you, live and in the flesh. Yes, there’s much rejoicing, but since their return a couple of days ago and subsequent nationwide inspection tour, it has been the catastrophic cultural decay and moral chaos engulfing the nation that has truly shocked them.
Even the most Bible-resistant are well aware, deep down, that they ought to spend at least some time contemplating life’s “Big Questions.” Who am I…where did I come from…why am I here…how do I know what I know…where am I going…how do I get there…what’s my purpose? Sadly, the deeply penetrating nature of these challenges often leads to their being shunted aside because they require more soul searching than the average preoccupied American wants to spend, including even many preoccupied pastors
For decades, Christians have been reluctant to get involved in politics. These Christians either don’t vote or when they do vote they do so in terms of what government can do for them. Government is seen as their earthly savior. They are more concerned about where their next flu shot is coming from rather than the appointment of judges who with one vote can turn the Constitution on its head.
As with most theological positions, there are a variety of interpretations of this passage: (1) The salvation of every racial/ethnic Jew. This is an impossible interpretation.
God established civil government to be an avenger who brings wrath upon those who practice evil. The civil government’s power to use the sword is legitimate in certain limited cases. The Bible has mandated that the power of the sword is to keep the peace, to protect those who do what is right.