Modern-day evangelicalsâ€™ false sense of obligation to show up at the pollsÂ every time there is an election, regardless of whether there is a righteousÂ choice or a trustworthy candidate on the ballot, not only results in the votesÂ of Christians being taken for granted, but also in the inevitableÂ compromising of the Gospel.
When it comes to politics and governance in America, compromise isÂ considered a great virtue. Politicians are praised for their bipartisanship andÂ ability to compromise their beliefs in order to cross the aisle and passÂ legislation. On the other hand, any politician who refuses to compromiseÂ his principles and renege on his promises in order to cross the aisle andÂ pass bipartisan legislation is condemned on Capitol Hill as an intolerantÂ ideologue.
When it comes to the preaching of the Gospel, however, compromise is noÂ great virtue, but a great vice. Whereas the Apostle Paul refused to give anÂ inch and compromise the Gospel for an instant (Galatians 2:5), todayâ€™sÂ evangelicals appear ever-willing to compromise the Gospel in order to go toÂ the polls and punch a ballot.
Paul understood that a compromised Gospel was ineffectual in winningÂ converts or changing the world. This explains why he commandedÂ Christians to â€œturn awayâ€ from those who have â€œa form of godliness, butÂ deny the power thereofâ€ (2 Timothy 3:5). The â€œpower thereofâ€ is obviouslyÂ the Gospel, which Paul unashamedly declares in Romans 1:16 to be â€œtheÂ power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.â€
Unlike the Apostle Paul, who stayed away from those who denied theÂ Gospelâ€” â€œthe power of godlinessâ€ and only â€œpower of salvationâ€ for bothÂ individuals and nationsâ€”todayâ€™s evangelicals compromise the Gospel inÂ order to climb in bed with politicians who deny it.