The EFM Feature

…but I think something doesn’t add up in an e-mail I got recently, which blasted EFM for, well, being EFM. Here is the relevant snippet:

Bottom line folks – If you guys are truly evangelicals who believe in God of the Bible, then why are you partaking/supporting in this worldy, satanic teaching and dragging God thru the mud with you? The US was founded by leaders who professed strong faith/belief in God. Since we have wandered away from that position, God’s favor on the US is waning. Supporting an ungodly man for the highest office in the world only compounds the problem for mankind and defiles you.
That question was not about LDS theology but about EFMs (your) support of a man who claims to one day become a god among other things. God states there are no other gods but Him (Deuteronomy 32:39, Psalm 86:10, Isaiah 43:10, 44:6, 45:21). What will your answer be to Jesus when you face him at death and he asks you about your support of a “god-maker”? What is more important to you, working to get Mitt into office or being in a right standing before God?
Just in case you haven’t read it in a while
2 Cor 6:14-17
14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness with lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people”. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate”, says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean: and I will welcome you”.

First of all, it never ceases to amaze me that mere political disagreements cause people to question whether we here at EFM are truly evangelical Christians. This e-mailer adds another twist, insinuating that we don’t read our Bibles either. Somehow I doubt that this gentleman will believe it, but I do read mine, and it tells me that the real judgment as to whether I am what I claim to be is up to God. And thank God that that’s so!
Secondly, it strikes me as quite beyond the pale to assert that working to elect a man whose theology is not orthodox will keep us from “being in a right standing before God.” I am reminded of Paul’s rather non-minced words to the Galatians:

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Thanks be to God that my standing before him has nothing to do with my own actions–were it otherwise, I’d be in deep trouble, and the 2008 presidential campaign would be the least of the reasons. Instead, He has justified me in His sight and adopted me as His son purely due to what Jesus did for me. That’s what grace is, and nothing on this website can endanger it–even if all our e-mailer’s claims about Governor Romney are accurate, and I am not saying they are. (We at EFM disagree profoundly with Mormon doctrine, as we have said numerous times, and let’s just leave it at that.)
Now, just as I am not a theologian, I am also not a historian. But I feel compelled to note that another aspect of this e-mailer’s logic does not comport with American history. To him, we are dubious Christians because our preferred presidential candidate allegedly does not believe in the God of the Bible, in contrast, apparently, to the Founders, “who professed strong faith/belief in God.”
Simply put, if this gentleman thinks the likes of Thomas Jefferson believed in the God of the Bible, he is dreaming. Here is something Michael Novak posted just recently on The Corner:

I would happily join those who think that Tom Paine, Monroe, Jefferson, Franklin, and possibly John Adams and Madison (in descending order) were on the extreme end of the non-Christian tail. These form the secularist canon, naturally. Yet even these five believed in a God, Judge, and, if not exactly Creator, at least governing intelligence of nature and human affairs, to an extent far beyond the vast majority of philosophers and historians at American universities today.

That’s not to say the Founders were not great; they were. And I don’t think it’s even to say that they did not found a nation based on Christian principles. But they didn’t do it because they were orthodox Christians. They did it because God can work even through those who incorrectly apprehend His nature. The same type of narrative can be found in the Old Testament book of Ezra, as we have noted previously.
Our compatriot Mark DeMoss often expresses his frustration that our fellow evangelicals often look for the “most evangelical candidate,” forgetting the question of whether or not that person can govern. If I may say so, I think that’s the philosophy at work in the above e-mail. We here disagree with that philosophy. We think it is at odds with history–although we are not going to impugn the faith of those who mistakenly believe it. The God in whom we believe is all-powerful–far too powerful, I would add, for us even to be able to drag him through the mud, as our correspondent alleges. Rather, it is He who drags us–both into His presence by the work of His Son and through history by working through leaders as He sees fit, whether those leaders’ faith is orthodox or not. All we have to do is trust Him to do it.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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