What are those two topics you’re not supposed to talk about? Religion and politics, right? What is your view of the church and politics? How involved should we be in government?
Here’s my opinion about church and politics: The church should never be involved in politics, but the Christian must be. Maybe you think I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth, but let me explain…
- The Church should never be involved in politics.
The mission of the church is Christ and the gospel. Its message and focus transcends any government or culture. We don’t believe that laws change a heart, only God can do that. Our hope is in Christ, not in government. Jesus never called us to be committed to an earthly kingdom, but to his heavenly kingdom. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world…” John 18:36 (NIV). The United States has never been God’s kingdom and never will be.
It seems that when the church has focused on the gospel, it has impacted culture. Whenever it sought power by political or military means, it has lost its ability to be salt and light to the world. Ironically, the church has thrived the best during times of persecution, not in times of religious freedom.
Author John Seel gave us this warning: “A politicized faith not only blurs our priorities, but weakens our loyalties. Our primary citizenship is not on earth but in heaven. …Unless we reject the false reliance on the illusion of Christian America, evangelicalism will continue to distort the gospel and thwart a genuine biblical identity.”
- The Christian should always be involved in politics.
The Bible calls every believer to respond in two ways toward its government. First, we are to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Just a reminder that Paul wrote this when Rome was in charge. Not agreeing with our government never exempts us from praying for it.
Second, we are to submit to the government. Romans 13:1 reads “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.“ To be subject to a government means to be dutiful to it. That looks different in differing forms of government.
Our particular government in America is a representative system, a democracy. So for us, as Christians, it means we need to vote. We also should encourage Christians to run for political offices. It would be completely different if we lived under a dictatorship.
This coming month we have an opportunity to pray for our country in a public forum. Franklin Graham is doing a national call to prayer at our State Capitals. These are the websites to find out more information.
June 28, 2016 at 12 noon in Salem at the Capital Building.
June 29, 2016 at 12 noon in Olympia at the Capital Building.
This is a gathering to do what Scriptures calls us to do: to pray and call out to God for His grace and forgiveness.
Pray and call out to God for His grace and forgiveness.
BEFORE YOU GO…
Someone said that America is headed in one of three directions: Revolution, Revolt or Revival. We see signs of all three. Some are rallying around the hope of a revolution, whether you follow Berne or Trump! Others are revolting, like the Bundy family in Oregon and those rioting on city streets. Thankfully, we are also seeing seeds of revival. The other day I read of hundreds of young people coming to Christ in the High Schools of West Virginia (http://tinyurl.com/j7tn5uz). Let’s be praying for revival, starting with us!
So what do you think of church, Christians and politics? I would love to hear your perspective!