The Party Problem

no partiesRight, Left? Wrong!

Many Americans, and Christians in particular, are faced with the unfortunate dilemma of having to deal with the established two-party political system. Even though there are several other minority parties, none but the two main parties aforementioned wield legitimate power. While an individual might agree with a certain party or candidate on one side of an issue, they might differ on another. In a culture where labels seemingly have to be put on everyone and everything, most are often pressured into identifying as either a Republican, Democrat or occasionally as an Independent.

We hear of the “Religious Right” and the “Godless Left” as if there are two warring groups fighting over the political and spiritual souls of the nation.  All of this incessant labeling leaves many Christians asking themselves, “Which party is the Christian party?” The answer is pretty clear: NONE OF THEM!

The Party of Christ

Many of us have fallen victim to the American two-party system that works to keep us enslaved to the party for the sake of the party. As Christians we are called to support Christ’s platform above all others. This country needs less battles between Democrats and Republicans, especially when hundreds of thousands on each side consider themselves to be fellow Christians. We need more Christocrats. The only way we can stem this downward spiral this country continues to head down and restore it to the status of being a “city on the hill” is by reviving the Judeo-Christian values America was founded upon.

As John Adams conferred to Rev. Zabdiel Adams in 1776:

“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand… they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. ” [1]

What religion was it that Adams and his fellow Founders advocated? Where are we to find these sources of virtue and morality? According to Adams, in Christianity and the Bible. His words are quite clear:

“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law-book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited… What a Utopia; what a Paradise would this region be!” [2]

“…the Bible contains the most profound Philosophy, the most perfect Morality, and the most refined Policy that ever was conceived upon earth. It is the most Republican Book in the World and therefore I will still revere it. ” [3]

Notes:

  1. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Frances Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1856) Vol. IX, p. 401, letter to Zabdiel Adams June 21, 1776
  2. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Frances Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1854) Vol. II, pp. 6-7, diary entry for February 22, 1756.
  3. John Adams, Old Family Letters: Copied from the Originals for Alexander Biddle. (Press of J.B. Lippincott Company 1892) pp. 126-128, letter to Benjamin Rush February 2, 1807.
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