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The elephant (and donkey) in the room for Christians

When I was in the early stages of brainstorming for this blog, I spent a lot of time in prayer. I prayed that God would help me with creating the theme of the blog so I could help and encourage others. As His New Creation developed its clear focus on certain topics, one of them gave me much resistance and hesitancy to discuss.

Politics.

(cue “The Dramatic Chipmunk”)

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Please know this. It’s not out of fear that I don’t discuss politics on His New Creation. I’m a strongly-grounded, opinionated believer in a specific political ideology and party. But this is not a place for me to push the agenda of my beliefs onto my readers. You’re welcome.

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I’ve perhaps spent the most time in prayer for the blog on this subject, and I don’t believe God is calling me to go into depth on political issues in the present. However, that doesn’t mean that we won’t shed light on the topic itself. I want to discuss the significance of politics and the role it plays in our life as believers.

One of the things that makes me cringe is when I hear Christians say something along the  lines of the following:

  • “I don’t follow politics.”
  • “It’s boring.”
  • “My opinion and views won’t make a difference in the big picture.”
  • “All politics involve are arguments, lies, and tension. Why do I want to be included in that?”
  • “God’s in control of everything, so it’s not like my actions will affect anything.”

These are so far from the truth. As Christians, I believe we have a moral obligation to be involved in politics, to exercise our rights in the democratic process so that positive changes and decisions can be made to glorify God.

The reason that we need to be involved in politics is quite simple: to further God’s kingdom and works on this Earth. Think of it this way: the candidate that is selected into your local government, the Senate, Congress, the White House, or any other position under the sun, has the power and capability to make changes to the direction of our country.

We have the opportunity to vote for these people. If we elect people who are true believers in Christ, we will see a difference in their actions that will be more aligned with the words of the Bible.

No person is perfect, so no political candidate will be perfect, either. However, a person truly striving to honor God will follow as closely to the Bible as they can with their actions.

I understand that we don’t always have the luxury to choose between candidates that are Christians, or that fully represent God’s truths. But our role as Christians is to be informed citizens that can elect the candidate that is best-aligned with these beliefs.

We need to choose leaders that follow godly principles. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” 

So what does this mean for us?

  1. Be informed of candidates: Do not blindly support candidates simply because of a political party affiliation. Understand who the candidates are, what they support, and what they are against.
  2. Be informed of what the Bible says: How can we be informed about who/what to support if you don’t understand what Scripture says about these topics? “I delight to do your will, O God; your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8).”
  3. Support what the Bible says, not what we want it to say: One of the worst things we can do in any situation, especially with political issues, is twist Scripture to support our own beliefs and agendas when they do not align naturally. The Bible takes a clear stance on specific issues and topics, with verses supporting these in multiple places. This applies to moral and ethical topics more than any other political topic that may be discussed. It is our responsibility to read Scripture, understand its context, and make our political decisions based on Scripture — not the other way around.

Although God is ultimately in control of everything, He allows us to have free will and make decisions. All decisions, positive or negative, have consequences; it’s a matter of what type of decisions we make that will effect the consequences.

Not being politically involved has a consequence of having no say in who is elected into power positions, regardless of whether or not they honor God. Not only this, but it’s taking for granted the gift of freedom that God has blessed our nation with in being able to be involved.

On the other hand, taking action to stay informed, vote, or join organizations have a consequence of furthering your beliefs. Even if they do not win in an election, you are still encouraging and showing support for leaders who most-closely follow Biblical principles.

As mentioned previously, there is only so much that we are capable of doing as humans. The rest is up to God. But that doesn’t mean we can remain passive and allow Him to work out all events. We must do our part in helping our nation return to godly principles and values.

And sometimes, all it takes is a trip to the voting booth.

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