I am breaking the usual theme of my blog today basically out of disgust. Do I think politics are important? Of course I do. Am I irritated and angry over what I see happening in contemporary American and world politics? Yes, as a matter of fact I am. However, does this spill over into the discussion of my faith? Rarely. How do we as Christians bring our faith and our politics together? What kind of questions should we be asking and what kinds of statements should we be making in this arena?
The first question is, “Do I believe what the Bible says about human nature and therefore corporate human nature (i.e. politics)?”
Romans 3:10 “As it is written: “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE; 11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS; THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS AFTER GOD. 12 THEY HAVE ALL TURNED ASIDE; THEY HAVE TOGETHER BECOME UNPROFITABLE; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, NO, NOT ONE.” 13 “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN TOMB; WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY HAVE PRACTICED DECEIT”; “THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”; 14 “WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS.” 15 “THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD; 16 DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR WAYS; 17 AND THE WAY OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.” 18 “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
Is this really the case? Are men by nature children of wrath who are governed by the devil himself? (Ephesians 2:1-4) Will the government and the governed alike be transformed by whiney temper tantrums, name calling and off-color political jokes? Can we as Christians be a positive influence in our culture by being a negative power? The governments of the world are powers ordained by God for His own ends. We are not to be in constant opposition to them. As a matter of fact the Apostle Paul when writing to the Romans who lived in a far more oppressive governmental system than we do said this,
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. 8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
I know that governments are not always good and do not always have the benefit of the people in their interest. I know based on what we see above that they are run by corrupt individuals who are captives to sin and to Satan. That is the result of our sin and the sin of Adam. The question is not whether the Government is whacked! The question is whether or not you believe God is in control.
This is a classic trick of the Devil, to distract us with the good and replace the excellent with the good. Is it good to try and be a positive influence in our government? Yes, it is. Rather than complain about the Government and how much they spend on welfare to illegals why don’t you help to feed and clothe them yourself and witness to them the love of Jesus Christ that they might come to a conviction of their sin and make right what they have done wrong. Why don’t you love your neighbor and pray for your leaders and share your faith with every person that you meet and change individuals and communities by being the salt and light that you were commanded to be and let God take care of Government organizations remembering that as “His ministers for good” they will give an account to Him for the way that they governed.
The second question is, What does God tell us to do about our political situation?
1 Timothy 2:1 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,”
Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I saw a bumper sticker today that said, “God is not a Republican…. or a Democrat.” I would like to add that He is not even an American! He is God! Only God and His Kingdom are eternal. This world is temporary. We are fighting for the temporary and forgetting the eternal. We are not out to effect a regime change unless it is in an individual human heart. If we are engaging in political rhetoric and demeaning our adversaries we are putting our light under a basket and leaving the world in darkness, we have let our salt lose its savor and as God has ordained we are good for nothing except to be thrown out into the street and trampled under foot by men. It seems to me that that is where most of the church in America is today, relegated to ancient obscurity because we have focused on the temporal instead of the eternal.
Vote, run for office, campaign for good candidates with Biblical values but check the slander, backbiting and negative attitude at the door. Otherwise take me off of your email list! Focus on what you are supposed to be doing for your culture, living as a godly example and lovingly presenting the truth of the Gospel to the lost and satanically inspired world around you. Do so trusting that God is God and He is in control. Don’t you dare try to change His game plan! That my dear Christian, is called sin. It is time to repent of this and be about our Father’s business instead of trying to change the world by your own methods and putting God’s Name on it. He would really not like that!