Pete Buttigieg, or Mayor Pete as he’s better known, has made the claim that God doesn’t belong to a political party, and I actually agree with him, but not for the reasons he posits.
“The core of faith is regard for one another and part of how God’s love is experienced, according to my faith’s tradition is in the way that we support one another and in particular support the least among us.”
“One of the things about Scripture is different people see different things in it, but at the very least, we should be able to establish that God does not have a political party1.”
The Core Message of the Gospel
The first problem is that he makes it clear that he doesn’t understand the core message of the Gospel. The core message of the Gospel is not our regard for one another. The core message of the Gospel is Jesus Christ. The word Gospel literally means Good News. In order to explain the good news, we need to start with the bad news.
The penalty for sin is death.
For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23, ESV)
The bad news is that everyone is a sinner. Everyone!
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23, ESV)
In other words, all deserve death. The Old Testament provides us with a glimpse of how ugly sin is. Have you ever contemplated the sacrificial temple where innocent sheep, goats, oxen, and pigeons were slaughtered to cover sin. During Passover the slaughter of lambs was most likely a production line where thousands were slaughtered in a single day. And still, it was not enough to satisfy our penalties.
“Within minutes, the clean and spotless courtyard around the altar was stained red with blood. Gutters flowed with red. The base of the altar seemed to bleed, even gush forth as basin after basin of blood was splashed against it in quick succession2.”
But there’s Good News! Jesus, once and for all, was slaughtered to cover all sins from the beginning to the end. He paid the price of our sins while we were still in sin. Before we even knew what He was doing, it was finished. And He did it freely. It was a gift, and all we have to do is say yes. That is the core message of the Gospel. We have been saved from death, and we didn’t, and don’t, have to do anything to earn it. We simply have to believe, and accept it.
An Incomplete Understanding of Scripture
The second problem with Mayor Pete’s understanding of Scripture is that it’s incomplete. While Jesus does advocate a message of love your neighbor—which by the way, includes your enemy—He also advocates repenting of your sin; turning away from it. Of course, in order to repent of your sin, you have to know what sin is, and actually accept the fact it’s real. The Leftist-Christian seems to think that repenting is not necessary as long as you love your neighbor, and fight hate. Although, fighting hate is not something I see anywhere in Scripture.
We are, however, called to call sin sin. Yes, we are called to make judgments:
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:11, ESV, emphasis added)
We need to take care of how we make those corrections, as we too are sinners, and will need to be corrected from time to time. But that is not what this post is about.
Secular Politics and It’s Spiritual Members
So while Mayor Pete and I may agree that God doesn’t belong to a political party, I firmly believe that Satan belongs to a political party. Satan is a Democrat. Seriously. Can you imagine the glee he must feel every time someone says that the message of the Gospel is love, instead of Jesus?
In the message of love we hear: love everyone and don’t pay any attention to their sin.
- What we don’t hear is Jesus’ command to repent from sin.
- What we don’t hear is talk of Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost (sinners).
- What we don’t hear is Jesus’ commandment to us to seek and save the lost (sinners).
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21, ESV)
But the message of love feels so much better! How can you say that it’s a message that Satan would buy into? I’m not saying he bought into it. I’m saying he probably authored it. He is after all, the Father of Lies, and what a great message! It’s so positive! Everyone can get behind a message of love! What kind of horrible person wouldn’t get behind a message of love?
The answer is no one until you realize that message of love is obscuring the real message of the Gospel: the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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Related articles across the web:
- Mathis, David. "Sent into the World: Jesus’ Mission and Ours". Desiring God. Web: 22 Dec 2011. Accessed: 29 Apr 2019.
- Samuel, Ana. "A Message to Mayor Pete from a Latina Mama: "Don't Force Your Sexual Ideology on Me and My Children"". Public Discourse. Web: 17 Apr 2019. Accessed: 28 Apr 2019.
- Segal, Marshall. "Do You Know How to Rebuke? Recipe for Speaking the Truth in Love". Desiring God. Web: 19 Jul 2017. Accessed: 28 Apr 2019.
- Shapiro, Ben. "Does God Have A Political Party?". The Daily Wire. YouTube: 24 Apr 2019. Accessed: 28 Apr 2019.
- "The Passover Lamb". Kehilat Sar Shalom. Web: 7 Apr 2016. Accessed: 28 Apr 2019.
- "What is the Gospel." All About God. Web. Accessed: 28 Apr 2019.