This probably won’t surprise you, but it’s nevertheless good to see it at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
We’re talking about A Political Solution Is Not the Answer to a Spiritual Problem. Don’t let the title mislead you. Hambo wants a political solution — but it must be his kind of solution. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and Hambo’s scripture references omitted:
Sometimes I fear that even many Christians think that the solution to America’s moral problems (including the legalization of gay “marriage,” abortion, and so on) is a political one — to work at mainly changing the culture through legislation and sometimes litigation. I suggest that these social problems are spiritual ones — heart issues.
After several bible quotes about going forth and preaching the gospel, Hambo says:
The point is, if you just try to change the culture in the sense of just working for political change, what will happen when the next generation comes through who may reject God even more, and then just change the laws back to what they want? Ultimately, any legal document, such as the US Constitution, is only as good as the worldview of those interpreting it. Because of man’s sinful heart, people will interpret such a document to say whatever they want it to say — which we have seen already happen in regard to abortion, the so-called “separation of church and state,” and the gay “marriage” issues.
Yes, the system we have isn’t reliable. But fear not — Hambo knows how to fix things. After some more bible quotes about being the “salt of the Earth,” he announces:
Now, I am not saying Christians should therefore not get involved politically — quite the opposite.
Note that Hambo has just contradicted the title of his essay. Let’s read on:
What I’m saying is that Christians need to understand that we need to be raising generations who are filled with as much uncontaminated salt as possible. They need to be taught what they believe and know how to defend the Christian faith. We need to raise generations of godly people committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, who will have a consistent Christian worldview, so when they get into positions of authority in the government, education, business, and so on, their Christian worldview will enable them to view the legal documents in the correct way — and then be real salt in influencing the culture.
Not very subtle, is it? Hambo wants people in positions of political power who will govern according to his view of things. He continues:
I totally agree that Christians should vote in elections. By doing so, they can help be salt and light to influence the culture for good by voting for those people who have a consistent Christian worldview. I’m adamant about the point that if we just think that all we need to do is vote for some so-called “conservatives” (whatever that word means these days) and it will change the culture, then the effort will fail! We need to be concentrating on raising up hearts and minds who will stand on God’s Word so they can be the ones to influence the culture.
What kind of platform would Hambo’s ideal politician run on? He doesn’t say, but for a clue, you can look at AIG’s Statement of Faith. All of his employees — and those who will become employes of his proposed Ark park, must agree with it. Here’s more from ol’ Hambo:
Sadly, most children from our church homes have been trained by the world, and so they have a very secular worldview. When they are in positions of authority, many are voting in a very anti-Christian way, because they’ve been trained by the world and so they think like the world. Many so-called “conservatives,” for instance, are voting for gay “marriage. We need people who have an absolute basis for their worldview — based on the absolute authority of the Word of God.
Uh huh. Moving along:
You cannot ultimately change a culture from the top down, when it has changed from the foundation up. Sadly, the secular world has understood that by capturing the hearts and minds of generations of young people, they could change the culture from the foundation up. Many Christians look at the consequences of this change and try to effect change from the top down! No. A slow but consistent change into secularism was allowed to occur foundationally, so now it will be a hard, long, slow process to reverse this massive change in the culture. And the way to do this is for Christians to be diligent in working hard to help change one heart at a time, little by little (starting in their homes and churches), and continue to be salt and light as best they can in a culture that has increasingly been overtaken by darkness.
So there you are. When all politicians are thinking the way ol’ Hambo thinks, then we’ll have the kind of government we need. And it will be wonderful!
Addendum: Hambo has advocated something similar in the past. See Ken Ham Unhinged: Creationism & Theocracy Too.
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