Moses' second speech, Part 23a (Supplement)
Aug 17, 2012
When Paul gave counsel to those believers who were married to unbelievers, he did not advocate divorce. He counselled the believer to remain if the unbelieving spouse wished to continue the marriage (1 Cor. 7:12).
This same principle applies also on a national level. Whether we like it or not, the situation in America (and virtually every other country) is that believers are yoked together with unbelievers. What do we do in such a case? Paul's counsel to individuals is applicable to nations as well.
In other words, we are to live in peace with the unbelievers as much as possible without compromising the principles of biblical law. 1 Cor. 7:15 says "God has called us to peace." In fact, Paul tells us that the believers sanctify the unbelieving husband. Even so, the believers in the nation sanctify a secular democracy. Paul says further in 1 Cor. 7:16,
(16) For how do you know. I wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
We are called, in fact, to bear witness to the glory of God that will cause the nation to turn to Jesus Christ and thus "save" the nation.
The only difference between the individual and the national application in this case is that individuals today have more leeway in leaving, whereas on the national level, where can a believer go today to live in a truly Christian nation? We are stuck in this relationship and really have nowhere else to go. For this reason, our instruction is clear. Paul says to live in peace and let your light shine so that the unbelievers will want what you have.
This is a supplement to the twenty-third part of a series titled "Moses' Second Speech." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones