Christianity and politics?! Do they even belong in the same sentence?
This political season may have made a lot of Christians realize it does, and for some Christians it may have made them think it couldn’t even be possible.
A new generation of Americans will be voting this year, and this includes a new generation of Christians.
The young adult population who claim the Christian faith have a decision to make.
This decision is to engage in politics and turn off their faith, engage in politics from the perspective of their faith, or not engage in politics at all.
Pericles (495-429 BC), a Greek statesmen during Athens’ Golden Age, is quoted saying, “Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
This is the heart of the matter. If politics affects our culture, values, and lives, then it does take an interest in you. No matter how hard you may try to avoid it, politics will affect you and those you love.
This is a good time to analyze what politics really is. It is a group of people, making decisions that affect, wait for it, people.
That is a simple way to look at it, but it is true. Where people are concerned, Jesus will be found. Jesus also takes an interest in people, whether or not they take an interest in Him.
The Lord knew when he created human beings that government would be an essential part of our lives. He also knew some men and women would abuse this institution, and some men and women would take part in it in a way that glorified Him.
Approaching Politics As A Christian
When it comes to facing the political arena, Christian, are you laying God’s armor down before you enter in (Ephesians 6:10-18)? Are you walking in fully clothed in God’s armor? Or perhaps you may be pacing back and forth in front of the political arena’s threshold.
What is important as Christians is to first realize that if we choose to do anything, we are Christians not first, but always. Anything we do, we are to take on the mind of Christ and be obedient to His lead.
Colossians 3: 23 states, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” It is biblically impossible to separate yourself from the duty of acting upon anything without doing it for Christ, including your political actions.
So should a Christian engage in politics? If one lives in a society that allows its citizens to freely voice what their beliefs are, why would you not? It is a platform to spread the truth of the Gospel.
Granted, it is obvious when most Christians have been going in the political arena, it’s been completely absent of God’s armor. Perhaps it’s time to pick up our armor and go back into this arena fully dressed for battle.
Gerald Celente said, “I am a political atheist...Politics has become a religion, and I don’t bow to political gods.” My warning is that politics can become a god to many of us.
We can become so enthralled in it, even for the right reasons, only to realize we shed off pieces of our armor along the way. I encourage you to not let it consume you.
We are to be consumed by Christ and His mission only.
So stay focused, Christian. Political victories are not the goal, but attaining victories through Christ, this is the goal.
If you believe you can do that by participating in politics, then “armor up,” get off the sidelines and on the field. Your fellow brothers and sisters are waiting.