Calling Christian Patriots to Action: The God and Government Project

So, you’re getting sick of reading all the bad news about the status quo (which Reagan famously quipped is, “Latin for the mess we’re in.”) You find yourself mystified that your fellow Americans are not already out in the streets with torches and pitchforks. And, you don’t own a Harley, so you won’t be participating in the 2 Million Biker rally on Washington, D.C. in a couple days.

Maybe you live in a small town, like mine, but you don’t have a spare outhouse lying around with which to make an amusing statement. But none of this means you have to simply sit there and wait for someone else to take a public stand.

Christian patriot, you might look into the God and Government Project, described as “an outreach project of the ‘Institute on the Constitution.’”

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Headed up by Mr. John Lofton, this project is designed to spur Christians into the honorable tradition of prophetically addressing civil rulers with the truth of God’s Word. Quoting Lofton here:

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“The purpose of this Project is simple. It is to make our local/county public officials aware of the fact that civil government is from God and their first duty is to govern according to God’s Word. To make them aware of this all you have to do is go before your local or county governing body and respectfully read a prepared statement during the 2-minute public comment period.

Interestingly, for most of our early history in America this kind of thing was done routinely, ordinarily around election time. At that time, preachers were actually invited by various governing bodies to come tell them what God requires of them.

And do not worry. You do not have to write anything. I have written several statements. I will send them to you and, if you like, discuss them with you on the phone or via Skype. All you have to do is read the statements. No arguing. No explaining. Just read the statements. Then sit down.”

You may feel like John Lofton is a name you are familiar with but can’t pin down why. Well, you possibly saw him interviewed on Steven Colbert’s show on Comedy Central, or caught his stint on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” There’s a chance you’ve seen his articles in the Washington Times, or read one of the numerous conservative magazines he’s edited. It could have been his writing in the magazines published by the NRA and Gun Owners of America. Or possibly it was Human Events or National Review. He’s given speeches at Liberty University and Bob Jones University; and worked as an adviser to the presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan.

He now describes himself as a “Recovering Republican.” He is more committed to the Kingdom of Christ than the quest for power. But that commitment drives him to political involvement, not away from it.

I know, someone will point out that the Facebook page for the God and Government Project has only 204 “likes” at the moment, but note two facts: This is a new thing: It started with zero. And, two, God whittled down Gideon’s army of several thousand until there three hundred. It was only once He pared them down to a relatively tiny force that He was pleased to grant them victory. Additionally, Jesus used about a dozen to turn the world upside down.

It doesn’t require a great big commitment of time, but rather a small amount of courage.

Most local councils and commissions have a public comment period which you don’t even have to jump through any hoops to participate in. You just show up and stand up and make your statement. Why not make that statement count for something, even for something eternal? I have read the suggested two-minute statements that Lofton has ready to go, and find them all to be quite direct, clear, and respectful, while remaining faithful to the Bible’s testimony about the responsibility under God of kings and civil governors.

One of Saul Alinsky’s infamous rules for radicals is to “think globally, and act locally.” This also happens to be a fine strategy for good-guys as well. You may not be invited any time soon to give spiritual council to the US Senate, but the vast majority of you have easy access to your Mayor.

It may be that your own church has done a poor job of teaching you that a tactic like this is even allowed or desirable according to Scripture. If that is the case, let me shamelessly recommend my own short book on the matter, Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers. (In paperback and Kindle formats.)

My local City Commission meets again in a week and a half. I feel like a race-horse waiting for the gate to swing open. I hope you’ll join John Lofton and the rest of the concerned Christian patriots in the God and Government Project.

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