How Champions Fall:
Church and Politics in the Real World Today
by Wayne Mayfield
lot of my writings prior to this article have embraced a stand of
conservatism, staunch common sense (according to some), and a definite call
to the responsibility of Christians to become a standard which should be
heralded through the ages from our starting point in the Book of Acts. While
I will not sway from this, let me make clear one pertinent warning now; if
you dislike the clarity of my prior writings, you will abhor this article
with clenched fists. Let it be known, you are forewarned.
The way of the Christian was once known as the unflinching nation free of
boundaries and resilient to human constraint in the pursuit of good for a
world incinerated with greed, hatred, and guilt. Relentless in the least,
impassioned beyond human capacity, the church set its hope beyond human
reason. This perhaps isn’t true today.
Once, I believe, this was said of a young America after the revolution,
during two world wars, and even in the war of 1812 when it seemed we had no
hope. Like the early Christians, what was good for America the free
should be for a world in chaos. Politics was always secondary to this
character of a nation in pursuit of hope to, and for, the world. I really
grew up believing this to be set in stone. We, America, the invincible and
undefeated, a once unblemished integrity in the mirror of the world, has
faltered in its ideals and embarked on the crimes of nations past who fell
when left to their own self serving understanding.
The Church and my belief in America fueled a lot of my passion to
overcome obstacles and become more like what I admired. These were the
ideal, and, with those to whom I owe so much gratitude for the life I now
have personally and socially, I truly believed nothing could sway my faith
in the Church as a beacon and in America the invincible. The dismal days at
hand have caused me to reconsider both institutions.
Over the last twenty (20) years, both these two have proven contrary to
my faith, my ingrained and soul searching beliefs that impacted me to an
abundant life. This loss is very sad to me indeed. In fact, I’m grieving
with a sorrow Jesus must have had looking into the eyes of the religious
leaders of his day, the Pharisee and the Sanhedrin.
Are you getting bothered yet? If not, you might.
We should look at the Church and my grave disappointment. Consider these
facts as we begin.
1) The very crime of the Jewish leaders in Jesus day was putting the law
of God second to the deviations of law created by dialog in what we know as
“The Oral Law.” God not only gave Moses the law and the commandments orally,
but on stone. Written. Penned by God himself. So, to change the
actual ‘written’ law, and its intent - that ‘spoken’ law issued from God’s
mouth, it had to appear as God’s law though much different in its intent and
result. Church law today has become no more than another form of the
Sanhedrin and the ‘oral law’ in Jesus day.
2) Even as the Jewish leaders of Jesus day used their law to influence
the political powers within their society, John the Baptist and Jesus
questioned the polite political correctness that did not challenge Herod but
instead used ‘oral’ law to make his sin ok in the face of what seemed
socially acceptable, and sadly the church today seems to carry this
attitude. To do so is to keep the money flowing in a false sense of
“everything is fine” in our little fiefdoms of solitude.
3) The religious leaders wore their white robes in a form of looking good
while cheating the people in the temple by selling sacrifices for great
profit. A good friend of mine and I were talking and wonder if selling CD’s
or other goodies of supposed ‘good news’ isn’t much like this. For if the
news or teaching is good, wouldn’t we give it away? Are we just another form
of money changers?
What of God’s kingdom did Jesus condone for the selling? Instead, the
first century Christians paid the price for the proliferation of the good
news. It cost their lives. They paid for the right to carry the good news,
not extort with the good news. We today seem to have all to offer and hiding
from the world we have no refined gold with which we would offer as part of
the ransom for good in the world around us.
4) When a church’s value is in the money they owe and not the monies they
sacrifice for those around them in need one would wonder if social
acceptance doesn’t far exceed social need in church importance.
5) When government is the greatest power for helping those in need one
would wonder why the church whines when socialized and liberal ideals have
greater value to the people of society than believing in a church that has
more to do for itself while not having a positive involvement in a hurting
world. We have maybe made deaf the ear of those needing to hear. I never
read Jesus condoning going to Caesar for healing, food, or helping a
neighbor in their time of crises, so why do we celebrate acceptable
pretensions that we, the church, are doing our part in the mix of humanistic
and socialistic solutions? Shameful! [*1]
6) Lastly, my dismay at the conduct of the Christian community concerning
their children is unbearable. The number of personal crimes of violence by
children increased in Church families by double in just 20 years. Our
failure to preserve the generation to come for their success and the
furtherance of truth has slowly dwindled to where it is no wonder we fear
the second coming being near. Even the Islamic radicals of extremism know
this much about the end of time. They are banking on it!
We have put our position in life, and our comfort zone, above our
children’s good. Could we be guilty of ushering in the opportunity of the
end of the age by our own greed? How many unsaved, misled people will we
account for in that day? Will He say, ”Well done faithful servant,” or, when
we point to our building of many great, illustrious, beautiful churches will
He really say, “Depart.”
Just these points should make you upset; at me or yourself or maybe
compromising ministers of the word?
Humanism has plundered the world with a promissory note that could never
be cashed. Dr. James Kennedy, in one of his sermons, points us to a bloody,
gruesome, end of continual human failure. Even some humanist leaders,
sounding more like anarchist, expound suicide (or death) as a ‘higher’
answer for the satisfaction we never seem to really have from our
materialistic world; a masochistic satire to the failure of attaining
‘absolute’ that ever illusive happiness. Strangely, the church appears to be
in the throes of humanistic endeavor we call materialism with a passion.
Humanist are eager to point this out at every turn.
The church, in its present state, is easily accused of being more
materialistic and power hungry than the humanist. The church, behind the
scenes, has one common response whispered in its own ranks; the righteous
are supposed to take by force. Is that really our job? Violence is the best
supreme justification for being materialistic? Somebody missed the real
intent of this scripture, to say the least. (“When all else fails, stand...)
But, more to the point, violence or suicide, or death, seems too much a
common thread in the world today. The surrounding world appears to know no
boundaries between religions, improperly views cultures, and countries such
as America, Europe, Asia, or the Middle East are but humanistic ecstasy of
imagination - not reality. Whether on a college campus, high school, Postal
Service, the streets of our cities, or suicide bombers- despair that brings
about bloody alternatives with no decline in sight seems very disappointing
and all the while apocalyptic.
The tri-pronged humanist thrust of 1) escape the responsibility of paying
our due for sexual disregard of God’s morality about sex, 2) disrupting the
natural order of creation by reverting to deviant behaviors, and 3) creating
a form of society that functions without regard to others or their ‘true’
needs brings about some major issues (including unborn babies placed in
Politically in America, we can label this as “Planned Parenthood” for an
excuse to murder children, “Welfare” tailored to influence (by its form and
intent) family morals and acts, and “Education” to dispense acceptable
behaviors in sex, condoning children’s right to experiment alternative
lifestyles despite consequence while rewriting history about America that
makes it appear America has always been about today’s failed social
morality. That failure is repetitive history of fallen nations but should
never be about this nation so soon (200 plus years of existence).
To magnify the clutch of the church to world ideals and practices we
observe the act of the church reaching out to humanist and political courts
(much to the glee of such parties) to resolve its issues allowing these
parties to make someone else the bad guys and appear responsible for the
socialization of Christianity. Paul must have seen this coming, for he
warned to avoid this and chastened them to find somebody that was wise in
their midst, not necessarily the fastest, smartest, or most popular.
My Christianity doesn’t bash denominations, but it does call to account
how denominations have such an exception to each other they welcome humanism
in the ranks with pretension humanistic and socialized groups are the answer
for smoothing the wrinkles of our warring factions and our being oblivious
to this danger we create a self destructive church warfare seasoned with
materialism, human doctrines (not God based but feeling based) sprinkled
with human rights that will call us to grave accountability in times to
come. Feel good above doing good. What a mess!
The Christianity I fell in love with and influenced me wasn’t easily
taken by a bill of goods or promissory notes of self reasoning that would
end in social failure. The Church to which I was endeared wasn’t seeking a
political solution - only the right solutions producing results worthy of
Our Savior’s gift to us all. Love can not be sold, bargained, or bought. No
humanity can bank it, but, we humans can release it if we are truly God’s.
Yet, most church groups are more concerned with committees, revenue, and
stature (looking good) associated within the social failure while following
as believers, having forgotten about God‘s cause. [*2]
Humanism is very two faced, really. On one hand it allows crimes God does
not condone while wanting boundaries to protect them from the excess
behaviors of such crimes. For example, killing a baby in the womb is quite
acceptable but let someone accidentally kill their child and the
morality suddenly changes. Suddenly a baby is a sudden consideration in the
throes of killing and suffering.
If a mother would kill a child in the womb knowing it physically tortures
the baby, but, a car accident that harms a child suddenly becomes havoc in
the courts as a massive civil suit for the inflicted pain, one would wonder
about human rational. All of this is a warped sense of justice on the heels
of feminism, another humanist influenced movement.
Sadly, a child in the accident gets little satisfaction with a positive
result from the courts, but the parent does (whether to sooth the conscience
or to afford not shouldering the parental responsibility). Either way,
abortion or accident, it tends to favor the comfort of the parent, not the
child. Humanism never applies true equity in its application of equity and
justice answers not the call of reason without emotional breakdown.
A second case in point is the 9th Circuit Court deciding
teachers and educators are better equipped to determine our children’s
sexual orientations and morality than a parent. Yet, when that leads a child
to a pedophiles lair, self righteousness sets in. Which is it, the educators
teaching alternative lifestyles or the pedophile who was also taught such
behaviors that should be blamed? Which ever has the bigger protection of the
courts, I guess. And these are the same courts the church panders to!
The church I came to love never played situational ethics. It never
rescinded Gods position to human ethics for some kind of momentary emotional
satisfaction in the guise of the ‘affirmation’ of human dignity. Instead, my
Christianity built human dignity by a standard of adherence to what is
ultimately right despite social rebellion.
My sadness deepens every day. The church has politically found ways to
flee Gods unchangeable law within its need to ‘socially’ survive. When
church interprets God by society’s rules and standards, my sadness deepens
more greatly. My church I used to love is now about itself, not God, and
surely not about humanity and the good of humanity. My church I used to love
has become the Sanhedrin, and I feel betrayed. That which was first has
truly become last.
Steaming a little now? Maybe you are now more like one of the Sanhedrin
wanting blood instead of correction and shunning “real, gut” felt grit.
Tears for America
Before we get into the America I want to love, a few facts should be
stated. In prior articles a lot of these points are dealt with in depth.
Feel free to examine them for a more precise view at
UCMPage.org - Articles.
1) The constitution concerning the church was never meant to handcuff
the church from moral responsibility and gave the church freedom to involve
itself as a balance to our present government. The actual intent,
expressed in two thousand pieces of writings within the first seventy-five
years, including those of the founders of the constitution, leaves no doubt
that it was to handcuff the federal judiciary and congress from
importing political favor against the right to act concerning the
church in its morality and its right to act accordingly in that balance -
primarily by voice and vote of that constituency.
Yet, today, the very ones who were to be handcuffed have become jailers
of morality in an extreme war against the responsibility of the church and
free peoples to hold the society responsible for its extreme liability in
venturing away from the morality and intent of the constitution (though the
church seems to have abandoned their responsibility by creating their own
laws within their ranks that condone the politics also practiced by such a
government, judiciary, and legislature) and is, in mass, against the intent
and wishes of our founding fathers. Seems America has failed in the same way
the church has. Sad on both sides. We, of America, have lost an
equilibrium meant to keep us stable and of good cause.
2) Education was established as a right of every citizen to create a more
productive society in dialog with itself. In other words, that we have equal
tools to work with across the board, person to person. This was to remove
intellectual poverty that enslaves and sentences those not allowed education
to be imprisoned, for which the constitution could not, nor would it, find
Never, in the establishment of that educational right, though, was
education to be the tool of inequality to battle against the very moral
ideals upon which the writers of the constitution demanded of American
citizens. Nor did these founders fathom disbanding history by a standard of
irrelevance and half truths. This would make the Education System a
bludgeoning tool of propaganda based upon social whim, not social
responsibility. Sounds like what Hitler did with the educational system to
get children to hate Jews and Poles so he could kill them or anyone opposed
to his goals. Maybe a bit out of the picture the writers of our constitution
supported, this present system of Educational Propaganda.
3) Caution by the founders and first legislators to not allow society to
sway it’s path concerning the Constitution was a paramount given truth. This
also had to apply double to the Supreme Court in interpreting this actual
intent of the founders of our nation and inclusive to the states and their
autonomy. A violation of this came early in our nation concerning witches,
slavery, and rights to vote. [*3]
These issues are fundamentally about preservation of life, NOT the
preservation of lifestyle. When finally these issues came to a head,
quality of life came not because quality was the goal, but life
itself demanded to be of the foremost quality.
Abortion has turned this issue around trying to convince us our founders
were not concerned with life itself but quality as the foremost right.
Without life first there is no quality issue. On this alone abortion should
fail because it removes life first to have quality placed above the
fundamental element “life”, which is then followed by the pursuit of
happiness with its constitutional value. How can we change the constitution
to keep life from being foremost? Our courts have no problem changing the
constitution when it fits social whim! (Our forefathers are proud of us
4) When Teddy Roosevelt stormed San Juan Hill in the Spanish American
War, legislators were both livid at the audacity to step outside the
parameters of the Monroe Doctrine, but, the loss of American lives at sea
compelled them to respond despite their isolationism doctorate that was law.
In WW I and later WW II, the elite industrialist tried to incite the
American people to abandon Europe for the cost of losing viable workers and
threatening jobs, cautioning vehemently this would destroy the American
economy forever. Both times, like the Spanish American War, it took tragedy
to become responsible as a society. But, in the tragedy came the character
that made this nation desirable and set apart. For note, none of the
presidents of these events were at the time America’s hero’s as the nation
was called to respond, and even FDR, in the waning years to wars end, was
pressed to abandon Winston Churchill and ignore the Germans and Italians and
focus only on Japan. Wisely, he did not heed these wishes, for he knew
Germany would, in time, when we had weakened in war with Japan, go for the
Yet, FDR, had already grasped the inevitable and was in fact prepared for
the first stages of conflict. His military advisors, the legislature, and
public sentiment was against our being in a war on multiple fronts. Had it
not been for Pearl Harbor when the Americans were having a party in their
luxury of abstinence from conflict and ‘lack of international concern,’ we
would have given the world to Hitler and the Axis of Power.
America, in Vietnam, and now in the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict, after
suffering loss, are willing to call history a liar, tell the families of
those who died in 9/11 we aren’t willing to complete a mission to make
American families, as a whole, safe from this happening in the immediate
future. We are scoffing the suffering of those who died as being second
rate citizens with selfish abandon. The Islamic radicals have maintained
most Americans don’t have the fortitude to endure. What does this mean to me
as an American? I assume you, the 74% who are spinelessly and against
finishing our mission, will let my children be put at risk for your weakness
as Americans for Americans. The Marines maintained “no man left behind”
while our society says turn tail and wait for the next 9/11.
But, what if it is your children in 10 years and the joke is on you
for making America weak and of no account? You want us to die for you then?
I hope the radicals aren’t right that most Americans verge weakness. And you
want me to be proud of this? I’m sick from the loss of Patriotism in a once
proud land that refused defeat.
5) Media, once a distinguished group of professionals, has become a
machine geared to sow seeds that increase fear, unrest, and therefore create
a dependence and need for a barometer that has perhaps made them our power
of reason instead of the media being a report of news for the American
public to interpret for themselves. Politics depends on the media more than
it depends on its own power of reason.
Remember the whine when Reagan was elected? He manipulated the media
better than it manipulated him. The media began to seek a way to never again
be ignored as the power to recon with. For six years after Reagan left
office, the media midnight oil was inevitably spent to out maneuver the flow
of political sentiment and foment unrest to the bitter last vote, so help
them all. And, guess what, Americans seem to like not thinking for
When a people are not aware of the underlying cause of power and money,
of propaganda through media, people get addicted to Oxycotins because media
helped propagate a lie helping the educated Doctors and the people to buy
just another great lie. Now, we the people, must pay for buying the lies
media places upon us. Education systems in America, establishing itself as
our teacher of conscience, opened the door to our easily being fooled. Now
the media wants to be your conscience, and presume to be your morality. [*4]
Sadly, this is not the America I was born to believe in.
Is everybody boiling mad at me yet? Oh, I almost forgot, many of the
readers may be too much like the Sanhedrin of Jesus day - murder me if you
could - or maybe drum something up, at least to bring shame to hide yours!
The America I was born to love before champions faltered believed
that the highest cause of the American Ideal was in the morality of the
people who wove the fabric of the nation, “From the Redwood forest to the
New York Islands,” Woody Guthrie penned for song. Hard times meant
people did not turn their backs on other people. If one suffered, all
In a lecture I attended some 20 years back, the speaker said that as we
move from a largely poor, or at least bottom of the rung group abandoning
their position of being the drastic majority, and the curve swing to more
economic power per family, he felt individual prosperity would strain the
binding weave of communities and families thereby creating a very selfish,
separated, individualized society. This, the speaker felt, would fragment
the unified mindset of the American people and their commitment to being
cohesively responsible for American Morality and good. He believed we would
see more fault finding amid arrogant finger pointing, and, to his horror,
creating a less strong family value that could make marriage a tax break and
not a responsibility.
Seems to me that was quite prophetic!
Since this speaker was a historian of some minor note, at least, he cited
the fall of Rome, Greece, and even the monarchist fall throughout Europe, as
indicators of our modern world and America being perilously close to the
same end as these. When questioned how quickly this could bring a fallout,
his reply was, “in the twinkling of an eye, like the stock market collapse
of the 20’s.” Asked about the impact, he replied, “the world could literally
become a pack of dogs.” He felt that family would be one against another as
though they were of no relationship. Perhaps humanism has a glimpse of this
potentially bloody, violent, insane times suggesting, as the Greeks, in
Plato’s day, that an honorable, self served death was the greatest end for
those of material and political fame.
Reform, unfortunately in politics, happens to only bring society to
feeling secure, oblivious to any comprehension of the houses of glass
government places them in. Given time, any government, any political group,
or nation can falter in just a moment. Unfortunately, we in America rely to
much on the past victories as we build a new path of failures.
In summery, we, of the church, the supposed unquenchable fire of truth
and morality can easily shoulder the shared responsibility of these times
before America and the world. We are a part of the financial collapse with
credit issues because we would rather secure further debt than surrender to
more modest and more powerful, means. We have given the huddled masses over
to whatever may come.
America is considering this concerning terrorism. Beware, all the police
and armies at our power can not stop hell on earth to our destruction; ask
Russia when the wall fell and their power diminished greatly.
The only question remaining is this; is it too late? Do we have no more
champions to shield our nation within the church? Only history can answer
this question in the hands of God.
[*1] It is believed that the debt of churches in America
far exceeds the total cost of actual welfare monies received by those using
the services. Supposedly, 72% is in buildings and property. Seems we may
believe in the money lenders more than we believe God.
[*2] A pole by humanist groups of churches in America,
Sweden, and England revealed that most churches refused to condone or
condemn abortion, stand against homosexual activities in the church, and
most would not condemn violence in other countries while having bias
condemning it in theirs.
The evidence showed its face in Europe about the Anglican homosexual
priest issue in their highest places of accountability. In America, the
Methodist, Anglican, and Lutheran churches are in a time consuming financial
war over this issue which is standing before courts of liberal minded
equity. The end of this battle alone is a long time away in its present
[*3] Quincy Adams fought this in the judiciary on behalf
of slaves. Yet, based on that one set of judicial principle and premise, set
forth against those slaves, we came to errantly believe social acceptance
should be as important as ‘basic human rights of life over others desire for
social contentment.” Quincy felt afterwards a dark day to the future of the
Supreme Court and the future of American integrity was a dark place at best.
The first great decision to “look good is better than good itself,” had
deterred our common sense in our nations judiciary. It continues today.
[*4] I have noticed some news programs have tried to
sway from the kind of media I’m referring to here. The O’Rielly Factor, 360,
Hannity and Combs, and amazingly, Charles Gibson on ABC Evening News.
While I’m not saying the stations involved, as a whole, don’t use
sensationalism TV news, these, to me, are less than the norm as individual
news programs. Yet, they aren’t afraid to view without sway, events in a
clear, crisp, manner. These programs do not violate the intelligence of
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