SHINING CITY ON A HILL is a vision of
God's will for Good, Just, and Righteous government done in Wisdom, and it is not
a Liberal or utopian ideal for government attempting to a leftist Social
Justice, but rather it is a practical, moral vision based on common sense and
“the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” of Thomas Jefferson and the
American founders and as seen in the Judeo-Christian
worldview. A SHINING CITY ON A HILL is best summed up as “One nation,
under God, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all.”
Part of the
Christian Liberalism & "Salt and Light"
It is observed correctly by some
that “so go the pulpits of America, so goes the nation.” Why is this?
America is a profoundly religious country, and the ministers of God are to speak
the truth of God to their people about how to be right with God and how to do
God’s will in all areas of life in the nation. Having said this, there are
probably no two areas in which there is more confusion than the area of
Christian Liberalism and the area of Christ’s charge to his followers to be
"salt and light."
Christian Liberalism is in fact
the Great Apostasy or Falling Away that will happen at the end of the Church
Age. In fact, Christian Liberalism
is very easy to understand. At the beginning of the 20th century,
some Christian Bible scholars called “Higher Critics” for a variety of not
very sound reasons decided that the whole Bible was mostly fake, forgery and
fable, and this is especially true of the Old and New Covenants of Scripture,
namely, the covenant made at Sinai with God by Moses and the covenant with God
made at the Cross with Christ. And this misthinking and apostasy was the birth
of Christian Liberalism or what the Liberals called a new
“Christianity” which specifically went out of its way to deny the central
fundamentals or essentials of the historical and Biblical Christian faith in
things like the Atonement, the Resurrection, the return of Christ, and so forth.
Basically the Liberals held the
entire, literal Christian Gospel is false, and they created a new Gospel and
spirituality called the Social Gospel, which is learning that becoming a
Christian is doing full-time acts of self-sacrifice love of a Good Samaritan
nature or as the Matthew 25 passages say of doing good things unto the least of
people. This Social Gospel has nothing whatsoever to do with sin and salvation
nor life after death, and further it is purely utopian personally, economically,
politically and so forth, since it is impossible for all
Christians to be in full-time self sacrificial service. Former president Jimmy
Carter is well-known for promoting this type of utopian religious and political
Liberalism, and he even identifies it with Kingdom Christianity.
Essentially, Liberals hold that
all true Christians are to spend six days a week helping hurting people for
free, and one day a week at church. The question of how one is to feed or house
one’s self or how one is to get money for doing full-time good works for free
is totally ignored. This means the Social Gospel of Liberalism is not only
openly anti-Gospel (and anti sin-and-salvation) of the Bible; it is pure
political, economic, and social utopianism. Unfortunately Liberalism and its
Social Gospel are said to have taken over most the mainline denominations where
one will never hear a sin-and-salvation message and where everyone is exhorted
endlessly to live a utopian full-time life of self-sacrificial love.
"Salt and Light"
Clearly the solution to
Liberalism and the Great Apostasy is to return the churches and pulpits of all
Christian denominations to a clear sin-and-salvation message as the literal
truth of the Word of God. But what of the charge of Christ to Christians to be
“salt and light” in the world? The Liberal simply, foolishly, and
incorrectly labels salt and light as his utopian full-time self-sacrificial
love. One can say at least the Liberal is consistent, but what is the actual
meaning of salt and light according to traditional understandings of Scripture?
Certainly Christians are to do
self-sacrificial love on appropriate occasions but salt and light more generally
have to do with truth and enlightened understanding of things. Salt and light is
often associated with “speaking the truth in love,” salt being the tactful
or appropriate truth and love being the light of understanding of the truth. The
salty truth of the Gospel is we are all sinners in need of salvation, and the
light of the Gospel is the love of God and that there is new spiritual Life to
be had in Christ.
But salt and light of God is
also the Justice and Righteousness of God as truly good and desirable in all
areas of life and society and certainly in all areas of government and
education, just as Jefferson and the American founders held. This means in the
area of Election Day sermons that it is the salt-and-light responsibility of the
man or woman of God to preach “One nation, under God, indivisible with Liberty
and Justice for all” every bit as much as it is to preach the Gospel under
Conclusion: The Two Great Commandments
Once we return our churches and
pulpits to a clear sin-and-salvation message and a clear salt-and-light message
of Justice and Righteousness of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, we
will see the American republic restored in all its fullness, and in fact pretty
easily one must assume, but almost certainly not before, and as Christ said all
the Law and the prophets hang on the Two Great Commandments of loving God with
all our hearts, minds, and souls and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
And one might add, “loving our
neighbors as ourselves” includes doing acts of self-sacrificial love for those
in true need, but this is not an absolute standard for all activity as the utopians, apostates, and Liberals hold. Indeed,
utopians, apostates, and Liberals not only have no clear sin-and-salvation
message, they are without a true salt and light with only a false light and a
new saltless, utopian “Christianity” without any true moral standards.