Why Street Preachers Need Theonomy
Street preachers are protected by the first amendment to free speech, yet they are constantly picked on by officers and are often times accused of ridiculous actions. Do street preachers see the need to be involved in politics? How far do we go until we stop preaching the gospel? Paul never quit preaching the gospel, even when the governing authorities told them to shut up about Jesus Christ. Was Paul submitting to governing authorities? Is there a contradiction in Romans 13 with Paul’s actions in Acts? Of course not, it just means most of us fail to understand the role of government. Our ignorance is corrected by recognizing the source of authority.
God’s law is the standard for all areas of life. Theonomy brings about laws that protect the preaching of the gospel, as well as laws that protect marriage and the life of unborn children. In discussion, my street preacher brothers and sisters will always speak of submitting to governing authorities and how Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics but in the next breath complain about the unlawful acts of police officers.
Street preachers need theonomy, and frankly they need to start being more consistent with their eschatology. If you think you should always at all times submit to governing authorities, then stop complaining about your free speech when officers tell you to leave. But we Christians know that isn’t the case; we believe the gospel is victorious, which leads me to our next point.
Do we street preachers really preach a gospel that is victorious? We talk all about the promises of God given to Abraham and how Jesus is the fulfillment of all of those promises, yet we intentionally neglect half of Isaiah, or we just push it to the side and interpret the promises and strictly spiritual.
Again, are we even preaching the gospel? Is the gospel just the forgiveness of sins, death, burial and resurrection of Christ? What did Jesus say?
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom…” Matthew 4:23
Most of us street preachers don’t even mention the kingdom of heaven properly, we simply talk about repentance and faith. After preaching about victory we then turn around and preach defeat on earth. The unregenerate hear this and they understand our inconsistency, yet we just shrug it off with “They cannot understand spiritual things”.
How much more powerful would our preaching be in we preached the full gospel, one that gives Christians the responsibility to be involved in government, culture and all areas of society? Fully understanding the gospel would shatter the very foundation of most street preachers.
Let me end with this; did not Peter make clear to the mockers at Pentecost that they were in the last days?
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
Our eschatology must be consistent with our actions. If the world is meant to go to hell in a hand basket then forget government and culture, but if the world is ours and we haven’t been good stewards then what does this say of our actions?