What is wrong with politics?
There seem to be more and more believers who think that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics. However, many of those same believers have no issue with Christians being involved in sports, arts, or other leisure activities. Why is that? What’s so wrong with politics? Let’s face it, politics is an ugly word. Are politics really the problem though?
There are probably a myriad of reasons why some believers feel anger towards politics. Allow me to list just a few reasons why I believe Christians don’t want to be involved in politics…
- Politics are temporary.
- We are only called to share the gospel.
- Politics won’t save the world.
- Politics can’t be changed by just one person.
- Jesus wasn’t political.
What is the truth about politics?
Okay, so the first point makes some sense to me. I completely understand that politicians have turned many people away from politics. Although, when did Jesus tell us to ignore those who anger us? I suggest that it is likely that some politicians are as corrupt as they are because they haven’t made God the lord of their lives. We should pray for politicians and even share the gospel with them if we have the opportunity to do so. We should also encourage other believers to run for office and become leaders of our nation.
Marriage is temporary. Pregnancy is temporary. Water baptism is temporary. Bible studies are temporary. Church services are temporary. Few Christians would argue that those temporary things are unimportant. So, why is it that earthly politics are unimportant?
Living for God is not just about salvation. Through salvation in Jesus we have eternal life, but God calls us to more than just sharing the gospel. Sharing the gospel is the most important step of faith we take in our lives, but it is not the only step. Jesus gave us the “Great Commission”, not the “only commission”.
Politics won’t save the world. That is correct, but that is not the purpose of politics. God established politics for our good (Romans 13:4). Should government obey God? Yes! Would that please God? Yes!
Yes, you are only one person. Noah was only one person. Moses was only one person. David was only one person. Paul was only one person. I look in the mirror every day and recognize that I’m only one person. God has used one person in many instances throughout history to bring about positive change. Stop believing the lie that says you can’t have a positive impact on our nation.
Did Jesus vote? Of course not, but nobody else at that time did either. There was no such thing as a Republic 2,000 years ago. Comparing politics in Jesus’ time to politics of today is not an apples to apples comparison. Jesus didn’t become an earthly king, but he didn’t need to. He was already king. His father had a specific purpose for his life that no one else had or has. That speaks to his eventual sacrifice on the cross being his ultimate gift to us. It doesn’t mean that he didn’t care about politics.
We do know that Jesus communicated with politicians. He spoke the truth and did not hide from them. Jesus stood for righteousness. He didn’t hide from political controversy. For example, Jesus overturned the money changing tables in the temple when he witnessed his house of prayer being turned into a place of money worship… “Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:12-13
Let it shine
God called us to be the light. Our light stops shining when we ignore or don’t care about significant aspects of life. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
There is a way to be involved in politics without being of the world. Stand for righteousness as Jesus did, so that non-believers can see your light shine through the way you handle yourself in politics. Is there a way to participate in politics God’s way? Has God told you to ignore politics or has he told you to let your light shine through the way you approach politics?