The Following quote is from William Hendriksen’s commentary on Matthew and seems particularly apt, not only because of the various kinds of politicking going on in American churches at election time, but also because evangelicals in particular once again seem to be turning their desire from the pursuit of the heavenly country to the old social gospel lie that we can build heaven here on earth and undo the effects of the fall without waiting for the eschaton. Once again we are turning from the spiritual to the earthly, from the proclamation of the gospel to the pursuit of trendy political and economic causes. As one evangelical put it using phraseology that would have been pleasing to the old modernists but not at all in keeping with what Peter teaches us in 2 Peter 3:10-14 about God’s final plan for the world – “What if the Church began to understand that God wants to fix this entire planet?”
Now since it is the business of the church to shine for Jesus, it should not permit itself to be thrown off its course. It is not the task of the church to specialize in and deliver all kinds of pronouncements concerning economic, social, and political problems. “The great hope for society today is in an increasing number of individual Christians. Let the Church of God concentrate on that and not waste her time and energy on matters outside her province.”275 This is not to say that an ecclesiastical pronouncement revealing the bearing of the gospel upon this or that not specifically theological problem is always to be condemned. There may be situations in which such an illuminating public testimony becomes advisable and even necessary, for the gospel must be proclaimed “in all its fullness” and not narrowly restricted to the salvation of souls. But the primary duty of the church remains the spreading forth of the message of salvation, that the lost may be found (Luke 15:4; I Cor. 9:16, 22; 10:33), those found may be strengthened in the faith (Eph. 4:15; I Thess. 3:11–13; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18), and God may be glorified (John 17:4; I Cor. 10:31). Those who, through the example, message, and prayers of believers, have been converted will show the genuine character of their faith and love by exerting their influence for good in every sphere.275 D. M. Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1959, Vol. I, p. 158. The two volumes of this excellent series should be in everyone’s library!
What if the church actually began to understand that God wants them to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” and not waste precious redemptive time with utopian political schemes or playing at being Captain Planet and the Planeteers? If the church would simply do the work she has been called to, then society might be filled with individuals who were ready to obey the command: “let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”