In an article written by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas just before the 1996 elections, he states "Other than helping Bob Dole win the Republican nomination for President, religious conservatives have had virtually no impact on this campaign". What a confession!
There is a principal in the Scripture that is over-riding. It is simply that God Almighty will not share his glory with anyone or anything. The account of Gideon, (Judges 6,7 ) who started with an army of 32,000, and won the battle against the Midianites with 300, graphically illustrates that principal.
Organizations such as the Christian Coalition, although filled with people that have good motives, nevertheless, have wasted millions of dollars of God's money attempting to put in office candidates that they have been told will "fix" the country. The problem stems from two major misconceptions.
First is the blasphemous doctrine known in theological circles as "Postmillenialism". Simplified, it teaches that we are now in the millennial kingdom and it is the job of the believers to conquer the world and bring it into subjection to Jesus Christ. That will eventually mandate following a position of Civil Disobedience. Included are sincere Christians who don't really know what their "millennial" position is theologically. They see America becoming a moral cesspool, and hope beyond hope that they can, somewhere in the future, "vote in" a responsible body of men and women who will uphold their Christian values in the political marketplace. They are militant. They are confident. They believe somehow they will win, but they are dreaming. How so?
1. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, lived under a Roman despot named Nero. Not once in all his epistles did he ever mention doing anything but being in subjection to the powers that be. That meant the Roman emperor! Only in matters of Christian conscience were they to be disobeyed, and then one would forfeit his or her life. Paul's life cry was simply "Woe is me if I preach not the gospel". He was obsessed with Jesus Christ. Not one hint of political involvement is found in Paul's life with the single exception of using his personal Roman rights to save his own life when necessary.
2. The Bible gives a very simple and explicit formula for the restoration of peace and quiet.
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;" 1Timothy 2:1-3
The second problem is simply that God has, without fail, judged every nation whose people turned their collective backs on Him. There will be no revival in this country and the attending social peace while Christians continue to push their own agenda without seeking the scriptures. God has not changed His mind about wickedness. Trying to clean up politics while sweeping sin under the political carpet is like trying to clean the kitchen with a dirty rag or mop. If God's people would get rid of the sin in their lives, including their television sets, the worldly and ungodly music they listen to, seeking God with their whole heart, and praying for those in authority, then perhaps God would heal our land. If they would begin to obey the Scripture as it relates to their families, husbands loving wives, and wives being submissive to their husbands, then perhaps God would hold back some of the filth and moral wickedness plaguing our land. If Christians would clearly get hold of the burden of God for lost souls instead of lost social benefits or "civil rights", perhaps God would hearken to the prayer of a broken and repentant people and heal our families and our nation. We will not turn America back to God through the Christian Coalition, focusing on the family, keeping promises, or holding hands with the world, the Pope, and the Devil. God may have mercy on America when the real Christians in America turn back to him with all their hearts.