Moral decay in society is not a government issue but a spiritual problem
Good governance cannot prevent moral decay. Most European countries have decent government leaders, yet, there is moral decay everywhere. Christianity is practically dead in Europe and is dying in the west.
Apologist John MacArthur, who often criticized demonic ideologies in the government and society, goes to the heart of the issue: Moral decline. It is a spiritual problem and God’s solution is not partisan politics, but the gospel.
“Well-meaning Christians (and) evangelical activist organizations sunk millions of dollars into them in an effort to use the apparatus of politics—lobbying, legislation, demonstration, and boycott—to counteract the moral decline of American culture.
They pour their energy and other resources into efforts to drum up a “Christian” political movement that will fight back against the prevailing anti-Christian culture.
But is that a proper perspective? I believe not. America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem, not a political one, and its solution is the Gospel, not partisan politics.,” he said.
We must obey God
During the 2020 lockdown, MacArthur said that “Zoom church is not a church,” the reason he ignored the government’s mandate on closing the church. Apostle Peter said we must obey God, than men (Acts 5:29).
God’s solution is the gospel, not politics
Righteousness in government will come when Jesus returns
Live a quiet life and mind your ministry
Scripture is clear, Isaiah 9:6; Daniel 2:44; Zechariah 14:9 point to a day we will have righteousness in government. Instead, the apostles admonish the followers of Jesus to live a quiet life to avoid condemnation and win commendation.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
“… make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.”
Jesus’ disciples never entangle themselves with civilian affairs
However, the apostles never did anything like what the priests are doing. In fact, Jesus criticized religious leaders, not the Roman government. He exposed their hypocrisy.
Likewise, the Bible tells us to “expose evil,” but the kind of evil that destroys faith such as witchery, false doctrines, or corruption in the church.
There are no manuscripts that show the apostles exposing evil in the government. Unbelievers, pagans do that. The disciples of Jesus focused on the great commission and did not entangle themselves with civilian affairs. (2 Timothy 2:4)