SDA's Engage in Civil Marches and Politics - Posted: December 11, 2014
Seventh-day Adventist Barry Black is the US Senate Chaplain. Recently, he gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The Huffington Post wrote an article on 12/11/2014 that reads as follows:
Congressional staffers walked out of their offices on Thursday and bowed their heads in prayer while protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The men and women crowded onto the steps of U.S. Capitol as they listened to the solemn words of Senate Chaplain Barry Black.
"Forgive us when we have failed to lift our voices for those who couldn't speak or breathe for themselves," Black said, alluding to the last words of Staten Island dad Eric Garner, who was killed in a police chokehold.1
Seventh-day Adventist Dr. Ben Carson is a retired Neurosurgeon and according to his autobiography, Gifted Hands page 213, held the office of Health and Temperance Director. He is now a top contender for the GOP bid according to The National Post on 12/05/2014.
Here is what the National Post says about Dr. Carson.
Since retiring from Johns Hopkins Hospital two years ago, he has been selling books and touring the country, warning moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility threaten to send America the way of the Roman Empire.2 (emphasis supplied)
Barry Black and Ben Carson are attempting to bring about moral reform through civil and political action. Did Jesus get involved in the politics of His day?
Isaiah 42:2 KJV
v.2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Desire of Ages, 509
"The government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand were crying abuses, extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty. Yet the Saviour attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments. Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart.
Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit. "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12, 13. Here is the only power that can work the uplifting of mankind. And the human agency for the accomplishment of this work is the teaching and practicing of the word of God.
Are these men more capable than Jesus? Jesus "attempted no civil reforms."
Jesus did care about the oppressed and downtrodden, but knew that the only remedy for mankind was a changed heart. A changed heart that only God can provide and not through politics and protests, but by "teaching and practicing of the word of God." This is a heart free from sin! A life delivered from sin is freedom. It is the only true moral reform that a person can experience. And it is not accomplished through political marches or politics, but by surrendering the heart to Jesus Christ.
As Christians we must follow the example of Jesus Christ and focus on giving the gospel. Let God manage these other affairs. Besides, God is much more capable of setting people free from oppression and injustice.
Here is our mission:
Luke 4:18-19 KJV
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
Moral decay and injustice will increase. Those who are involved in civil and political action are distracted by earthly cares. We need to focus on Jesus. We need to focus on receiving the Holy Spirit and attaining to the full likeness of Christ.
Racial injustice and other fast-spreading corruptions will become so bad in our country that the people of the United States will call for moral reforms or civil action leading to the National Sunday Law.
Great Controversy, 587
Yet this very class put forth the claim that the fast-spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called "Christian Sabbath," and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society. This claim is especially urged in America, where the doctrine of the true Sabbath has been most widely preached. Here the temperance work, one of the most prominent and important of moral reforms, is often combined with the Sunday movement, and the advocates of the latter represent themselves as laboring to promote the highest interest of society; and those who refuse to unite with them are denounced as the enemies of temperance and reform. But the fact that a movement to establish error is connected with a work which is in itself good, is not an argument in favor of the error. We may disguise poison by mingling it with wholesome food, but we do not change its nature. On the contrary, it is rendered more dangerous, as it is more likely to be taken unawares. It is one of Satan's devices to combine with falsehood just enough truth to give it plausibility. The leaders of the Sunday movement may advocate reforms which the people need, principles which are in harmony with the Bible, yet while there is with these a requirement which is contrary to God's law, his servants cannot unite with them. Nothing can justify them in setting aside the commandments of God for the precepts of men.
As God's last day people we cannot be involved with a worldly approach to moral reforms by marching in protests and running for political office. Seventh-day Adventists involved with such activities are unknowingly travelling down the road that leads to the mark of the beast, Sunday observance - Satan's master-counterfeit of civil and moral reforms.