[I’m publishing this article on behalf of Caleb Archer, the author.]
According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, A US citizen is sexually assaulted every 109 seconds. Every 8 minutes, one of these victims is a child. Yet only 6 of every 1,000 sexual assailants will end up in prison. We should not see this as an inevitable flaw in the system, but as an atrocity that would not exist in a Biblical society.
When Christians ignore what Scripture says about crime, we impart grace to evildoers and ignore victims. We need to look no further than our pulpits to blame for this degradation of human lives. Since the church has taken its hands off the proverbial steering wheel of the political realm, society has delved into experimental chastisement at the expense of powerless prey.
Scripture does not teach a gospel that is insensitive to rape. Scripture does not prescribe prison, or even castration, for rapists. The only proper, biblical response to rape is death (Deut. 22:25-26). Our pastors must preach against both sexual immorality and against unjust societies or they are only preaching half of the Gospel.
Proverbs 31:8-9 says we are to open our mouths’ for the rights of those who are destitute. It was Christ who scolded the pharisees for giving lip service to God but ignoring justice, mercy, and faithfulness (Matt 23:23). When pastors preach a supposed gospel fit only for the spiritual realm inside the prayer closet of “christians”, the destitute are ravished, thrown in a ditch, and ignored by the very pharisees who clambered out of their closets long enough to bumble through the church doors on Sunday. But perhaps this is precisely what many pastors desire.
When the Church permits the state autocracy instead of laboring for theocracy, pastors can wipe their hands clean of blood shed by sexual assailants. Thus, pastors are able to ignore the real issues just outside the doors of the church and focus on creating a well organized, three-point sermon that they can post on their websites, thereby receiving praise. Yet those who follow the commands of God will see society in a different light. They will teach all nations “to observe all things I have commanded you” (Matt 28:20).
The government answers to God, and it will answer for disobeying His law. Kings are to serve Him with fear and rejoice with trembling (Is 9:6; Ps 2:11). God is making all enemies his footstool, executing justice and righteousness in the land, and He has been given all authority (Ps 110:1; Jer 23:5; Matt 28:18). He is far above all rule, authority, power, and dominion, and He is literally the King of every single king and Lord of every single lord (Eph 1:21; Rev 19:16).
So teach. Teach all that God commands. Teach both law and grace. We cannot claim that all Scripture is inspired and only teach half of it. Samuel Rutherford once said, “Believe God’s love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your rock is Christ, and it is not the rock that ebbs and flows but the sea.” This is why we must teach the whole council of God and look to the entirety of Scripture for answers to all things. Teach Scriptural doctrine that furthers the realm of God. You cannot serve two masters, so it must be God or the State. One leads to everlasting righteousness; the other is being subdued by the Everlasting Righteous One. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.