Baptists/Politics

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Why are Baptists involved with Politics and fight in War?

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Charlie, all citizens should be involved with the political process.  We are privileged to have more input than many countries.  Believers had been involved in politics throughout the ages.  Government was ordained by God and some believers have been kings like David and Solomon.  Others like Esther had a different type of influence and hers saved the Jews from genocide and Mordecai held a high office of a pagan kingdom.  Daniel was very involved with state affairs. Paul influenced people in Caesar's house. In more modern times, it was Baptists that were very influential in securing many of the rights we enjoy when the Bill of Rights was authored.  Indeed, most of our foundational laws were taken from the Bible directly or modified a bit. Had atheists been involved with the politics of the time the country would have been a far different.

While I agree, many have gotten out of hand and have sought national salvation through the political process rather than seeking revival or at least not putting enough emphasis on revival still it is our right and duty to be involved in all forms of politics.  If Christians had been more involved from the '50s on we might not be in the condition we are now.

As to war, it is an inevitable thing.  Man has been at war in varying scales since Cain killed Abel.  David said that the Lord taught his hands to war. Indeed, one can see throughout the OT that God has been directly involved with war. Abraham, David and others fought many battles.  John the Baptist only told the soldiers to be content with their wages, not get out of the army.  While we personally turn the other cheek and seek peace in our individual lives there are times when evil men must suppressed and one must stand against that evil. Indeed, if you are a citizen of a great country like ours you need to be a part of keeping the freedom you have experienced for those who come after you.  I served in the military from Viet Nam until Desert Storm I and offered to come out of retirement when we went into Afghanistan. I never had to kill anyone, but if I had I still would have slept well at night for it was my duty to stop the enemy. I would not be guilty of murder because I was in uniform not just shooting someone with whom I had a personal vendetta.

I know my Mennonite and other pacifistic brethren feel differently and I defended their right to believe and practice that though they do not have a biblical exegetical basis for that belief. I did tell one Mennonite friend that someday he may be glad to have a brother like me around to defend him.  

I suspect that you will not agree with me on either issue.  Still, I hope I have given some clarity and maybe food for thought on the topics.  One day the Prince of Peace and King of Kings will come and both issues will be moot.  Peace unto you as you seek Him and His Word.  Shalom!  Maranatha!!!

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Dr. Ronald E. Shultz

Expertise

I am more of a polemicist than an apologist. I especially desire to answer questions concerning discipleship/holiness, "gray areas", etc. If all you wish is an argument then I am not your man. Sincere seekers only need e-mail me.

Experience

I have ministered in several states since my conversion in 1975. I participate in many forums and have written two books. I recently changed to Assembly of God, but after 40 years, I can still answer questions about Baptists and doctrinal issues that are common to many sects.

Organizations
American Association of Christian Counselors since 2009
Texas Navy Association since 2008
Texas Civil Defense since 2008-10
American Legion since 2002
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, since 1994
Life Member NCOA, 1973
Dover AFB Honor Guard, 1971-73

Publications
Poem, "Cowboy Up" published in an anthology by American Poets Society, 2004
Author, Jail House Religion, Xulon Press, 2004
Author, The Power of Holy Women, Xulon Press, 2003
Messianic Literary Corner published 45 poems, 2003+
Tract “Which Way To God” published on http://www.tracts.com/whichway.html, 1998
Several poems published on various web pages, 1997,1998,1999
Author, Metamorphosis, copyrighted, partially published collection of poetry, 1968-94
Article, “Why I Prefer Expository Preaching”, published in Canyonview Bible Seminary's Expositor, 1988

Education/Credentials
Doctor of Theology, Slidell Baptist Seminary, Slidell, LA, 2001, Summa Cum Laude
Master of Theology, Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, NC, 2000, Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Religious Education , Administration minor, Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC, 1982, Cum Laude
Evangelical Teacher Training Association, Teachers Diploma, Winston-Salem, NC, 1982
Other study: Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL - 1975-78
Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA - 1976-77
Interim Ministry For Today's Churches - 2000


Awards and Honors
Heritage Registry of Who's Who, 2006-2007
Editor's Choice Award, International Library of Poetry, 2003
America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2001-2002
Stratmore Who's Who, 2001-2002
Guest Class Speaker Texas A&M, Commerce, 1999
Gubernatorial Commendation by Texas Veterans Commission, 1999
Dallas VA Certificate of Pride in Public Service, 1999
Guest on the Kevin Bullard radio program KPBC AM 770,1997
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1996
Editor's Choice Award, National Library of Poetry, 1995
Who's Who in Poetry, 1992
United States Army Achievement Medal, 1990
Personal testimony dramatized for international radio program Unshackled, 1986
Outstanding Young Men of the South, 1981
United States Air Force Commendation Medal, 1978
Two USAF suggestion awards, 1976
NCO of the Quarter, 1975
Freedom Foundation Award, 1975

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