Being Paulitically Correct
Seeing more and more people fall apart – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, relationally, financially, and even physically – during the current pandemic, the following slightly edited from the writings of Alan Burns (1929) provides needed perspective:
“Paul was no politician. Once, it is true, that Paul claimed his Roman citizenship, but what happened thereafter? After claiming his “rights” as a Roman citizen, Paul received Roman protection for a season, but it is also true that as a Roman citizen he was put into a Roman prison, and ultimately suffered from a stroke of a Roman sword (guillotine).
Paul had no political program. For him, the cross put an end to man in the flesh. It assessed the natural man and declared him bankrupt – morally, spiritually, politically, totally. Instead of being a citizen of ‘the world’ Paul became a corpse in the world; Paul wrote: “I am crucified with Christ.” Thus, he declares;
“But God forbid that I should glory, save [except] in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom The World Is Crucified Unto Me, And I Unto The World.” (Galatians 6:14 (KJV)
As far s the world is concerned, the church of God is a cemetery full of nothing but dead men - and men with their names on tombstones do not trust in political nominations.
The religious world prates much (babbles) and often of the glories of “democracy”; yet the believer’s hope is centered not on a man-ocracy, but a God-ocracy.
If the reader has learned the truth of Paul’s epistles, he will not claim to be a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Socialist; for God’s choice, and not his, God’s vote and not his ballot, has already made him a member of the part of “the grace of God.”
“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” (2 Timothy 4:10 (KJV) would correctly describe the modern political attitude toward Paul’s teaching.
Whitewashing the world is the occupation of most of Christendom, which should have learned by now that what the world needs is to be ‘washed white.’ The whitewash may be applied now with this brush and then with that; but the ‘church’ which thus would gloss over, patch up, and do a tinkerer’s job with the world, whose disease is in it very nature, and whose evil springs from its very character, has repudiated the worth of cross of Christ, the very hope of the Scriptures as God’s way of dealing with the world’s sin… and has become merely a political club in stead of a Paulitically sound church.”