Introducing the “Voice in the Wilderness” Party Platform

I think about politics a lot, but when I think about politics, I think about what’s happening from a Christian point of view. I think about the unintended consequences. Where do things lead? Sometimes it may be a slippery slope, but I’ve seen too many things slide down the slope. It’s better to stop bad ideas before they get on the slide. I don’t believe in the separation of Church and State; at least not the version non-Christians try to push. I don’t separate the two. Jesus doesn’t wait outside the voting booth. He’s a smart guy, but c’mon, He doesn’t get it when you tell Him you need to keep politics and religion separate. Actually, I’m sure He does, but I can’t imagine it makes Him happy.

I hear the arguments: Jesus would have been a Democrat! Jesus would have been a Republican! I’ll be honest. I think it’s all speculation, and I’m going to speculate as well.

I don’t think Jesus wouldn’t have belonged to any party. I think he would have been an independent–small i intentional–in the truest sense of the word. Would He have voted? I don’t know. I think He would have. When Jesus walked the earth as a man, certain things were hidden from Him by the Father, but I think He would have known exactly what each politician would have done in office. What if He knew each would bring Israel to further sin? Would He abstain, or would He vote for a third-party? Would He vote for a third-party candidate He knew–as a matter of fact–wouldn’t win? Would He throw His vote away by voting His conscience? Would He skip the vote knowing His vote "wouldn’t count anyway" allowing the greater-of-two-evils a victory? Would He vote for the lesser-of-two-evils? Think about that for a minute. Knowing that all men fall short of the glory of God, and all candidates have some amount of evil in them, isn’t that what we’re always doing? Voting for the lesser-of-two-evils? Jesus would certainly be in the best position to know who the lesser-of-two-evils actually is.

So, I’ve written this political platform for a fictional party called the Voice in the Wilderness Party. I’m not saying I’m any John the Baptist, by any stretch. But I am, at the moment, a lone voice, yelling in the digital wilderness. If the number grows, the name will change. It won’t fit any more.

But the goal is to get down, in writing, an idea of what I think a Christian’s political platform would/should look like. It’s not done. It’s a first draft, but with elections looming, I thought that a draft is better than nothing. It’s supposed to make you think. Eventually it will contain links supporting every position I’ve staked out.

If you read it, you may get the impression that I’m anti-Democrat. Don’t be afraid to say it. I’m not. I am stubbornly, proudly, anti-Democrat. That doesn’t mean I’m Republican though. I’m also stubbornly, proudly anti-Democrat and independent. If that means I have to vote for Republicans, then so be it. I’m still waiting for a third-party candidate I actually like that has a change of winning.

In the meantime, enjoy.

The Voice in the Wilderness Party Platform

The God Caricature

Caricature is defined by Google Search as:

a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

Some of the synonyms listed are: cartoon, parody, satire, and lampoon.

The bottom line is that a caricature is an inaccurate depiction of, usually, a person. Some parts are exaggerated, which means that some parts are understated, or sometimes deemphasized or ignored. It is, in reality, a false image.

People have different views of God, and many of them are exactly that; a caricature. They exaggerate and distort His image. They create their own image of God. Sometimes it’s intentional, and sometimes not, but everyone’s caricature is a little different:

  • One person inaccurately highlights God’s justice as genocide.
  • Another person inaccurately highlights the happiness God can bring, while forgetting persecution.
  • Another person inaccurately highlights God’s love for us, while ignoring the fact that He also calls us to repentance.

There are two different caricatures of God, but they are both negative. One shows God in a negative light, using false, negative descriptions, creating a false image. One famous example comes from Richard Dawkins1:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

The other shows God in a positive light, gushing about the great attributes, but ignoring the "uncomfortable," while still leaving a false image. An example of this comes from the "care for the poor" crowd. I’ve created a meme that highlights that:

I told them, feed the poor. I also told them, "Go and make disciples of all nations." Where's the fiscally irresponsible government bureaucracy for that?
Go and make disciples of all nations.

Both are negative caricatures because they are both false. The thing about a caricature is that it’s close enough that you can you recognize who it’s supposed to be, while still remaining a false image. It’s the cliché: the most dangerous lie is the one closest to the truth.

What does your image of God look like? Is it a cartoon? A parody? A caricature? A false image is just that: false. It isn’t real. It’s man-made, and it’s no better than the images crafted by Demetrius2.

Or is your image Biblical? True? Both comfortable, and uncomfortable? Loving, but righteous? Do you conform to God, or does your god conform to you?

Do you worship God, or a parody?


  1. Dawkins, Richard (2008). The God Delusion. New York: Mariner Books. (p. 51).

  2. Acts 19:24

Stop Using Jesus To Justify Welfare

I told them, feed the poor. I also told them, "Go and make disciples of all nations." Where's the fiscally irresponsible government bureaucracy for that?
Go and make disciples of all nations.

It’s amazing how many people quote Jesus when it comes to feeding the poor. And I’m sure you’ve seen the memes making fun of Republicans, Christians, and conservatives who supposedly don’t care about the poor.

But did you know that he said other things as well?

So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Matthew 19:17-19 NKJV)

Where’s the outcry against adultery?

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, (Luke 14:12-13 NIV)

How many people do you know that throw parties and invite the homeless instead of their friends?

How about this one?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV)

Here’s my proposal:

Since so many people are more than happy to justify the use the government to do what Jesus said, i.e., feed the poor. I think it’s time to start another government program aimed at spreading the Gospel. We can shorten the saying to just “Save the Lost.” Quite honestly, there are probably more lost than there are hungry since Jesus also said, wide is the path to Hell, and narrow is the path to Heaven. And I would argue that this is true, because Jesus also said He is “the way, the truth and the life.” (emphasis mine).

Based on that, we should be able to earmark a truly massive amount of taxpayer money for this effort. We can establish a bureaucracy that is too big to be efficient, and fiscally irresponsible, just like most other government entities.

But what about Separation of Church and State, some may ask. Liberals and Democrats are already using Jesus’ commandment to further their agenda, so they don’t have a leg to stand on. They’re already pushing for more irresponsible spending in order to help the poor, in the name of Jesus, so precedent is set. We can set up more irresponsible spending to save the lost.

Um, no. When Jesus said to help the poor, He meant for YOU to help the poor. Not push your responsibility onto some nameless, faceless, government agency. He didn’t say set up a Robin Hood government to take from the rich, and give to the poor. He didn’t say redistribute wealth. And He didn’t say, demonize the rich.

He did say, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15 ESV). There is no Gospel in welfare, which means there’s no Christ in welfare, which means welfare is not a Christian program.

God’s Law Written On Man’s Heart

Biblical References To the Law Being Written on Man’s Heart

Old Testament

Jeremiah 31:33 (ESV):

33For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Deuteronomy 30:14 (ESV)

14But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

New Testament

Romans 2:12-16 (ESV)

12For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 10-15-16 (ESV)

15And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.”

James 1:21 (ESV)

21Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

The Great Commandment

Matthew 22:34-40 (ESV)

34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."

Thoughts

Jesus said the the greatest commandment in the Law is that "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Since God has told us, clearly, that He has written His Law on the hearts of men in order that we shall know and do what is right, then it is clear that loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind is right. It is also innate. God has essentially told us we are wired to believe. It is natural for man to look for God. It is natural for man to believe in God.

The Campfire Story by Rend Collective

I just discovered these guys a few days ago and I really love their music. But this particular video really stuck out to me. It’s a making of the album ‘Campfire.’ Normally I’m not interested in the “making of” stories, but something about this one said, “Watch me!”

I did. It’s not a music video, but I’ve watched it a couple of times now. It’s not just a story about the album, but it’s a story about God’s Church. You need to watch it.

Praying For A New Word

During group prayer this past weekend, it was asked that God provide a new word.

This simple request has bothered me ever since then. I understand the goal; we’re looking for a new Awakening among God’s people. I think the thought is that we need a new trigger. I think.

The fact of the matter is that I don’t believe we need a new word at all. There’s nothing wrong with the old Word; the original Word. Interestingly enough, the next morning, I read the following from Our Daily Bread about a preacher who was asked why he kept giving the same sermon. He answered:

"I know what I’m doing. When you start living out this sermon, I’ll go on to my next one."

The devotional goes on to point out how Jesus’ sermons had a recurring theme, and I thought, we’re still not getting it right! Why in the world would God do anything different when we can’t get the original sermon right? Why would he give us a new word when we’re still struggling with the old?

I think instead of praying for a new word, it would be wiser to pray for wisdom in understanding the old, and fire for living it out when we figure it out.