Christians & Politics

“Obama is driving our country straight into the hole.”

“I almost wish they (Obama & Biden) would just die. I think the country would be a lot better off.”

“I was listening to Fox News this morning before church and they were interviewing some stupid democrat who doesn’t know what’s going on…”

“I really hope [insert Republican candidate name here] gets elected. We need a good Christian as a president so they can stop the evil stuff that’s happening and so that God can continue to bless us.”

Every time I hear Christians talk like this I cringe. Something has happened in the last 20 or so years where we as Christians believe it’s our right and duty to be deeply (and physically) involved with political issues, opinions and actions. We quickly give and share our opinions about our governmental leaders. We curse them and speak negative of them thinking that because we live in a democracy, that we are allowed to speak our minds as Christians, but that’s not what the Bible says. This is what the Bible says about the issue:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)

Paul states that a Christian’s place in politics is in the place of prayer and that the end result is more peace in the believer’s life.

In America, Christians tend to forget what kingdom they are a part of and where their power lies. Thanks to years of manifest destiny teaching, many believe that the kingdom of God and America are one and the same. This is not true. In fact, many times what is good for the nation (or any nation) is in direct opposition with what the Kingdom of God needs. American Christians also tend to believe that if the right people are in charge we can have a theocracy – where laws and rules are put in place to help all people morally please God. While these are good things, God doesn’t just want people acting good. He wants them to passionately love Him and only Jesus’ rule can accomplish that.

My own opinion is that no governmental leader can regain the ground already lost – not that God can’t, but people in their own power cannot. I’ve watched candidate after candidate, moral or not, talk about the amazing changes they would make morally to our nation. Twenty years of watching politicians say great things and nothing dramatic has happened. If anything, more and more ground has been taken in the land of social moral compromise.

The problem lies in that no man or woman or group of people can help make America a theocracy, moral, or to love God. The only person able to do that is Jesus Christ and He will only do that when He returns. But instead of Christians crying out to Him for justice, change, and for Him to move on the hearts of governmental leadership, we decide to complain, whine, and backbite the people we elected to office. We, as the church, need to pray that the Holy Spirit would move and soften hearts of our governmental leaders. One encounter with Him and everything can change. For example, my friends and I pray that Jesus would meet with President Obama and his wife in such a way that he becomes the greatest pro-life advocate president in history. It can happen, if we pray!

I encourage you to also watch what you listen to. Complaining begets complaining. Refuse to listen to news networks that consistently complain about government (most 24-hour news channels). Choose to be around people who don’t bash the government but are consistently praying for them. Choose to speak life about our leaders above us, no matter how corrupt they seem. Paul’s instructions were sent to churches where the government was torturing and murdering Christians. If they can do it, so can we!

Mercy: The Beginning Of True Change

“blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.” (matthew 5:3-7)

i’m watching The Call DC 2 with my friend mark today and during the opening lou engle declared that “we don’t need change, we need mercy”. that phrase has really gripped me for a few hours now and i started pondering that statement. it was then that i realized that Jesus said in the sermon of the mount that the first requirement of a true believer is that they understand their spiritual condition without God and mercy; that they are eternally broke without God giving them mercy and that they would mourn and cry out (hunger and thirst) for righteousness because of this fact.

it has been an election year here in america and we have heard about the “need for change” more this year than in any previous election that i’m aware of. there is a massive debate between candidates on how is the better “agent of change” for america, who has the better and newer ideas to turn the nation around.

the problem lies in that we think we can save ourselves. God addressed this issue with me this past week when i was thinking that i should go to certain church members’ houses and give them a “word” of harsh warning of the times and seasons we are entering into. God asked me:

“do you really think you can do more in your flesh than you can do in the place of prayer asking Me to intervene in this situation?”

likewise, we must come to an understanding that there is only one man who can change america…and that man is Jesus Christ. no matter how good our “solution” to fix our problem may be…it will only end in our destruction, like when israel wanted to have a king instead of God. let’s pray that God hears the prayers of His holy church and breaks in to this nation.

we need mercy from the One who can truly bring change.

A Christian’s Thoughts On The Eve Of Election Day

I just finished watching the State of the Union address tonight. Tonight is the eve before election day here in Florida. I get the “privilege” (???) of seeing all the mass bickering and complaining that most of the candidates are doing right now, just hours before the polls open. It has been nice to take the night off from any other labor and just meditate on the kingdom of God. So i just wanted to share a thought or two from my meditation. I have strongly realized one thing in these last few weeks:

I am a Christian.

That doesn’t sound too revelatory, does it? But I’m realizing is what “I’m a Christian” means. It means that I say “yes” to God’s heart and His desires. Sadly I have come to the understanding that the vast majority of our candidates this yearare not Christians…

…they are deists.

Deist/Deism defined is:

The belief in the existence of God, by or through reason; the belief in a God or gods who set the universe in motion, then ceased to interact with it.

There has been great debate this election year about the role of religion in politics. The vast amount of polls show that the majority of Americans (and candidates) believe that (personal) faith should not play a deciding role in politics and should not govern the mind of an elected official.

But if you really believe in what you believe, then there is no way that is possible. The ones who are able to separate their political/economic life from their spiritual one is not true and rooted in what he/she believes. What you believe affects everything you do.

I’m finding out that we don’t believe that God is really in control and is actively moving on the earth today. We have this deist belief that it’s up to us to decide what’s right. But God is still in control of the earth and He appoints every leader and His will cannot be thwarted. God is looking for a people who will say “yes” to what He wants. I promise what is number one on His heart isnot the economy, the defense of terrorism, our health care system or global warming. His primary heart is for the nations (including ours) to say “yes” to Him and He cares about the shedding of innocent blood (by abortion & murder, whether to the unborn or to the old).

I challenge every Christian, as the voting time approaches, to vote (many people died to secure us that right) but to vote solely based on God’s heart. Who does God want in office? Who does God want us to align with? His heart should be your only concern. If anything else besides God’s heart/voice influences your vote, you are saying that God is not the all determining matter in your personal world. Don’t sell your “birthright” for a bowl of economic “soup”.

Don’t be a deist. Let’s align with God and His will. 🙂

And for all of you who thought I was judgmental or intolerant, read this.