Christians and Politics

by shara.anderson on September 18, 2012

I don’t post on politics…except today.

The economy, Obamacare, abortion, gay marriage, border security, the Middle East;  I don’t think I could think of many more polarizing topics that are the current buzz.

Some questions about Christians and politics have been mulling around in my mind for some time.  They are honest questions that I am still struggling through.  There are a couple of questions that I do have a definite answer for in my mind though:

1)  Should Christians vote? – FOR-SURE!!

2)  Should some Christians pursue a political career? – Yes.

With that being said, I do wonder how different our world would be if Christians pursued God and their relationship with Christ as much as they did their political passions.  I’m NOT saying that those who pursue political passions aren’t pursuing their relationship with Christ, and I’m not evaluating to what degree they are doing either of those things.

I realize that Jesus lived in a different time with a completely different government structure.  It is our privilege and duty to be involved and influence the system as it was designed to be influenced by the people as a whole.

I do have a concern, though, and that is many times we are known more for our political affiliation than we are for sharing the love of Christ.  I’m not saying that we should back away from speaking truth.  Jesus IS truth and never shied away from stating it clearly because He is the reality of truth that truly sets us free. Truth is the ONLY way we are set free (John 8:32). 

I just wonder how many of us are missing our opportunity to really impact the world we live in because we are living on our own power trying to get someone elected or some law passed when we could be living in the Spirit’s power and seeing hearts changed.

In the end, have we gained much of anything if we have won someone over to our political point of view but they never come to the reality of their sin and know the love of our Savior??

I don’t think it’s wrong to speak out on political matters.  I think it’s necessary.  I just think we need to check our motives and where our own trust is placed.

The verses that have been in my mind are Psalm 146:3-6, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;  on that very day their plans come to nothing.  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the LORD, who remains faithful forever.”

Jesus didn’t do much in changing the government of His day nor did His apostles, but 2,000 years later He is still changing hearts from the inside out.

I would love to hear your thoughts!!

Blessings to our nation and our government.  May the United States and the world experience a revival in knowing Jesus Christ!

 


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