MacArthur Calls Out the Democratic Party

John MacArthur doesn’t confuse Christianity with a political agenda. He’s a pastor, not a lobbyist. But there are times when Christian leaders rightly uncork on political leaders’ immorality in a John-the-Baptist-to-Herod-the-Tetrarch kind of way (Matthew 14:4). MacArthur recently gave a stern rebuke to the Democratic party, which he says is “making a platform out of what God hates.” He ties the party’s platform to Romans 1 sins and says it is a failure of Romans 13 responsibilities. You can read about his comments in this blog post. At the very least, take 5 minutes to give the MP3 links a listen.

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6 Responses

  1. I agree with the assessment completely, but I can’t see what good it does to “rebuke” a political party, other than provide sound bites that make it even harder for the unredeemed to understand what we Christians are really all about. What did you expect from them and their platform?

  2. I think that it is important to rebuke public sin this way. There are Christians in my church who will go to the polls in November and vote for the democrat. How can they justify voting for the party that so openly embraces immorality? They need to hear this recording.

  3. The Republican party (even though I will vote Repub this November) is *hardly* the party that is championing Christian morality.

    When we go this route, it reinforces the idea that Christian=Republican, which is A) not true and B) a turnoff to about half the people we meet who need the gospel. How is this *not* moralizing the unredeemed? We don’t expect those without the HS to behave like Christians, right? Until they have the Savior, all our “rebuking” will simply put distance between us and the people who need to understand that it is grace and not works that save us. I think it confuses them as to what we are really about.

    And furthermore, if you really are concerned about the folks in your church who will vote Democrat, I would think that a gentle and respectful discussion carried out in the context of a strong relationship will do far more good than public punditry.

    Sincere Christians might also turn and ask *you* how you could vote for a man who belongs to a religious sect that is commonly believed to be a cult and frequently abusive in its more fundamental expressions. So, your question about “How can they justify…” could as easily be turned back at you. Maybe they’ve simply identified the lesser of two evils (ie, our choices this November) differently than you or I have.

    Mind you, I’m *on your side* (so to speak) and will vote Republican. :) And I share the pain over the state of the church and our government and society. I just don’t think that these kind of public rebukes do anything other than make us conservatives feel like we’ve “done something” about it and salve our conscience a bit, meanwhile giving those who oppose us further ammunition with which to marginalize our Christianity and tune us out.

    I mean no unfriendliness. I enjoy the discussion (and greatly appreciate this blog) and wish I could hear some really solid reasons why this is a good thing. So far, though, I’ve heard none that address the concerns I have above.

  4. While the Republican Party is hardly the champion of Christianity, (I openly admit and believe this) the Republican Platform holds to biblical principles. In stark contrast, the Democratic Party has gone out of its way to publically embrace sin.

    The whole “lesser of two evils” thing is interesting…. What is better, a man who claims to be a believer (Obama) and embraces open sin (By their fruits you will know them) or, a man who admits that he believes in the false religion of Mormonism but embraces biblical principles of morality. Where is there room to interrupt? It’s a clear choice –this is not a gray issue.

    “Republican” does not = Christian but “Democrat” certainly is a lot further away…

    For the record, I do try to speak on a personal level with Christians that are struggling through these issues. However, sin should be denounced publically and MacArthur should not be put on trial by believers for calling evil “evil.”

  5. There are two viable political parties in America. One (GOP) occasionally advocates and pursues values about which Christians distinctively cares. The other (Democratic) is openly hostile to those values.

    Conciseness. I haz it.

  6. Actually, a part 2 sermon would be both difficult and courageous, calling out the Republican party, as one ties the party’s platform to Romans 2 sins.

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