Is God ok with pragmatism? Is there no connection of spiritual things with political things?
Isa 30:1 "Ah, stubborn children," declares the LORD, "who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin;
Isa 30:2 who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Isa 30:3 Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
Isa 30:7 Egypt's help is worthless and empty; therefore I have called her "Rahab who sits still."
Isa 30:8 And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever.
Isa 30:9 For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD;
Isa 30:10 who say to the seers, "Do not see," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions,
Isa 30:11 leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel."
Isa 30:12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, "Because you despise this word and trust in oppression and perverseness and rely on them,
Isa 30:13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you like a breach in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse, whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant;
Pragmatic alliances IS SIN to God. It is adding sin to sin.
Pragmatism even politically is NOT of the Spirit of God.
It is not trusting in God, but in the flesh.
It is looking to the world through fleshly eyes and seeing "only" political issues (including military ones), when God says even in these things it IS SPIRITUAL and we are to look to HIM.
It is SIN to go to the world (Egypt). It is SIN to not go to God FIRST and OBEY HIS COMMANDS.
Israel gave lip service to the Word of God, but ignored it, seeking immediate solutions because the FEARED MAN RATHER THAN GOD.
Partnership with the world is SIN, for any reason, whether it is political, moral, or spiritual. 2 Cor.6 and 3 John 7 make that extremely clear.
3Jn 1:7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
2Co 6:16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
2Co 6:18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty."
The the help unbelievers have is empty and worthless and will not benefit God's people. Did you catch that?
The world's ways HAS NO GOOD IN IT. It is WORTHLESS. There's no "good" in the world and it's pragmatism and philosophies. Therefore, God curses both the MEANS AND THE END when His people go to the unbelievers for help. God does NOT say that there is "some good" "useful" for His people. HE says its absolutely WORTHLESS and will NOT benefit them. In fact, His curse is that those who think that the world can help them, is that it will be to their SHAME and HUMILIATION.
Israel did not want to hear what is RIGHT from the seers and prophets God brought to them (ie, His Word). They wanted smooth words and illusions. They did NOT want to hear of the holiness of the HOLY HOLY HOLY One of Israel. They rather hear pleasant, positive words of illusions. This is Christianity today. This is the church. This IS what even Reformers are demanding.
The Word of God and HIS INFLEXIBLE holiness and justice is considered "negative" and impracticable, and too precise. This is despising His word for the sake of more "positive" words that don't demand absolute obedience and separation from the world. God will judge them, of that have NO DOUBT.