I was thinking about this the other day, “What if I could magically make all Christians vehemently involved and interested in politics?” On the other hand, “What if I could magically make all Christians remain quiet and uninvolved?” Probably to your dismay, I'd choose the latter in a heartbeat.
Here’s why. First of all, we are bad Christians, so it’s not like Christians taking over politics is suddenly going to make things perfect. Secondly, I hate the thought of us being preoccupied with political issues, when lost people are regularly preoccupied with their lives without Jesus. We’d be telling them to stop abortions when what they really need is to hear about Jesus.
Secondly, the political platform is so impersonal. Rarely does it entail “iron sharpens iron” conversations but rather “piss you off, piss me off” arguments. What if instead of being intricately involved in arguing/participating in politics, Christians just integrated with the culture, got to know our neighbors, loved some strangers, sought to meet the needs of the community and prayed like crazy?
I honestly think this would be “a megaphone of a testimony” to the world.
What’s ironic is that many Christians think, “If we could just get a Christian to be the President, all will be well.” Nah, we will still be divided. We’ll still be arguing, and sinning against each other just the same.
Getting the news of Jesus out to more people? Oh. Now that can bring some unity and healing up in these nations.
I don’t think politics are inherently sinful; therefore this issue isn’t a moral one in and of itself. However, given that masturbation isn’t a sin in and of itself, but is usually paired with lust, politics also has sinful pairings. Politics mixed with Christianity almost always breeds disunity, shortage of love, and “causes” elevated above the cause of Christ (which is idolatry by the way). Ok, maybe the masturbation comparison was over the top and even a stretch. Maybe, but for some Christians, it’s clearly not a stretch.
Political candidates are endorsed during worship gatherings, which results in alienating anyone who isn’t pro that party. Democratic Christians belittle Republicans and Republican Christians don’t even think there’s such thing as a “Democratic Christian.” Democratic demon? Sure. Democratic Christian? H to the E to the L to the L, NO!
Christians even get depressed about a particular candidate being elected. Since when was President Jesus not running this universe anyway? I’ve seen Christians so fired up about fighting pro-choice, ending gay marriages, and getting damn sidewalks in their town. I don’t doubt that they see all of these as noble causes and my point isn’t to talk about whether or not that’s the case. I’m rather making the case that these “noble causes” aren’t even the real issues.
Here’s the real issue: All was lost. Jesus fixed that. People need Him so He can fix them. If the people don’t get changed by Him, nothing is going to change.
Remember I said that I don’t think Christians’ involvement in politics is a moral issue? I stand by that. I’m probably wrong when I say this, but I don’t care whether or not a Christian votes. I really don’t. I’m extremely grateful for those that fought and died for that right. They also died for my freedom in general and I’m certainly taking advantage of that every time I pray in public. Truly grateful.
So, are you offended that I don’t care whether or not Christians vote? Well, I’m offended to think that many Christians who are so convicted to vote are not equally convicted to pray. Sure, there are certainly those that pray and vote. Awesome. But I’d say “awesome” as well in reference to those that only pray.
Some additional thoughts to end on: Christians are only given two responsibilities when it comes to the government. Submit and pray for. Joseph and Daniel didn’t fight against crooked godless governments, but served their pagan leaders and God blessed them with great influence. The most bad-ass of God’s angels didn’t even oppose Satan when it came to the delicate matter of Moses’s body. But WE are supposed to talk big, loud and bold about the issues? I very well could be wrong, but I just don’t see it that way. 1 Timothy 2:2 exhorts Christians to pray “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
We are to pray and lead peaceful, quiet, godly and dignified lives. How many Christians have you met that are committed voters and argumentative, loud, hypocritical and obnoxious?