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Why Politics is Necessary

Gary DeMarby Gary DeMar

America is a mess, and we can include the world as well, because Christians, who say they have undergone a redemptive change, are keeping their personal transformation under wraps. There is fear by some Christian leaders that if Christians get involved in politics, the gospel message will be diluted. There are Christians who don’t get involved in politics and have moral lapses. Jimmy Swaggart comes to mind. It doesn’t seem to register with these same critics that our non-involvement does not enhance the spread of the gospel. It is not inevitable that Christians, once successful in the political realm, will get “blinded by might.”

Christians are still sinners and there are always pitfalls and dangers in any endeavor, even those distant from so-called worldly pursuits. The church is not a haven from corruption. Have you noticed how often Paul deals with problems within the church (e.g., 1 Cor. 5:1–2; 6:1–11)? Paul knows the temptation that some have in lording “it over the faith” (2 Cor. 1:24). Corrupt leaders (1 Sam. 2:12–25) and “savage wolves” (Acts 20:29) are not exclusive to politics. The Church is no more immune to “power politics” than the State. Have you ever been in a congregational meeting to vote on what color the drapes in the library are going to be?

No one I know is claiming that government can save anyone or that politics is a substitute for the cross of Christ.1 The assumption of so many opposed to almost any kind of social activism by Christians is the belief that social activism must always be preceded by gospel proclamation. Must we wait until pro-abortionists become Christians before we can pass laws outlawing abortion? I just heard recently from one critic who said that we need to do is love people. I’m all for that. But while I’m loving my enemy, I still have my guard up. Jesus was the epitome of love. He healed people, fed thousands, and forgave sins. Still, He was crucified.

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Dr. Paul Jehle, Executive Director of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, outlines the difference between a statesman and a politician.

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Confrontational Politics Confrontational Politics
by Sen. H.L. Richardson, Retired

What's the matter with the Republicans? Gun Owners of America founder and chairman Richardson answers that question in Confrontational Politics. During 22 years of legislative experience, Sen. Richardson found that the only thing that got things done was confrontation. Democrats typically understand confrontation, like it and use it. Conversely, Conservatives do not understand confrontation, don't like it and flee from it. Many who have already read the book have reported that "Now I understand why Conservatives keep losing." Readers of Confrontational Politics will also learn about the lobbying philosophy that has earned GOA's reputation as the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.

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Another World Another World
by Phillip Stott

An action-filled novel that combines Biblical and scientific themes with heart-racing adventure.

Traveling by mag-sled, Japh overnights in a bronto-infested floating forest. A scream in the night, a sudden devastating crash of, and flight becomes the only option, beginning a stunning chain of events which will change not only his life, but the entire course of history.

Now, at every turn, evil has overtaken the earth. The consequences of unbridled deceit, immorality, murder, and mayhem leave the few decent people left in the world in a dire condition with imminent peril the only constant. As the heavens threaten and the earth trembles under tribulation, its very existence remains in question. And will humanity survive?

“May all who read this account of the first world’s terrifying ruin by flood be driven to seek refuge from the judgment that is yet to come by fire.” 
– Barry Beukema, Ontario

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