What Easter and the Presidential Primaries Have in Common


“Trust me—I’m very interested in this election, even more about what it’s revealing about the character of our nation than who will actually reach office.” i

As Easter passed and the media chattered constantly about political primaries and presidential candidates, we at American Christian Tours could not help but sense a bit of déjà vu.

Prior to that first Easter, Jews found themselves caught in a political climate that made it completely natural to hope for a Messiah who would save them from their political troubles. Someone to rescue them from the hand of the Romans. Someone to bring them physical peace, prosperity and security.

They failed to see that their deepest need was for a Messiah who would transform their hearts, not just their outward circumstances.

As we look around at all the troubles of our nation today—immigration, national debt, terrorism, taxes, healthcare, etcetera—it is tempting even for us as born-again Christians to once again look for a circumstantial savior. A political candidate who promises America health, wealth and safety.

According to Charles Krauthammer’s recent Rapid City Journal articleii, the results of the presidential primaries are showing that “this time around, evangelicals are not looking for someone like them. They’re looking for someone who will protect them.”ii

Yes, even we as Christians (who ought to know better) are showing ourselves to be much more concerned with our nation’s economic condition than its spiritual condition. We are failing to see that what truly ails our nation at its core is not the national debt or ISIS or Obamacare or any other hot-button political issue, but rather our increasingly widespread moral and spiritual depravity.

This is not to say that we do not care about the other issues. We, as Christians, have a great responsibility to be involved in politics and to work to change the issues that trouble our nation. But let us keep sight of the fact that the troubles of our nation will never be solved until we deal with the root problem—our sinful hearts that need to be cleansed by the blood of our risen Lord Jesus Christ.

This is the connection that ACTS wants to make with your students: they have both the ability and the responsibility to change the political arena of our nation by stepping up to change the spiritual condition of our nation.

Our purpose and passion is to inspire and equip your students to bring our nation back to the Biblical principles upon which it was founded—would you allow us to partner with your school in this pursuit? Request a quote today for your Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 Education Program.

As we celebrated this Easter hopefully we rejoiced that we received the Savior we NEEDED, not the Savior we thought we wanted.

iStonestreet, J. (2016, March 2). Why We Haven’t Endorsed a Candidate. Retrieved March 11, 2016, from http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/28952
ii Krauthammer, C. (2016, March 7). KRAUTHAMMER: Evangelicals buy Trump’s tough-guy routine. Retrieved March 11, 2016, from http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/columnists/national/charles-krauthammer/krauthammer-evangelicals-buy-trump-s-tough-guy-routine/article_5341166b-d835-55f1-9065-678cff6fc1ae.html

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