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Our Role in Politics

February 20th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

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.”  1 Tim 2:1-2

I normally try to stay clear of politics and discussing political matters.  However, in watching what is happening in this campaign, I feel it is important to say a few words regarding the state of politics today.  First of all, I will say that I am a conservative so this blog post may lean toward that perspective.  The main reason is that the conservative position more closely matches my views of how life should be lived.  But this is not an entry on who I am supporting, but on how we, as Christians, should be involved in the political process.  I want to divide this into three parts.  The first being the Democrat side, the second being the Republican side, and the third should be our response.

On the Democrat side, most of what you hear can be bundled into two parts.  First, they will provide many freebies. including college education, health care and many other important services.  And second, supporting many of the causes that produce division within this country, such as racial and religious.  As for the first, there is no clear picture of how this will be paid for except by raising taxes extraordinarily high which will hurt many in the lower and middle class, and drive many companies and wealthy individuals out of the country in order to keep what they have earned.  However, one thing that I appreciate on the democrat side is that they are being civil with each other, discussing differences in their policies and avoiding for the most part personal attacks.

On the Republican side, they are looking at lowering the tax rates in order to increase economic growth in this country.  They focus on preserving our free speech rights (1st Amendment), preserving our gun rights to defend ourselves (2nd Amendment), and working to defend us from terrorists around the world.  However, one issue I have with the Republican race is that it has turned really nasty.  It seems that most if not all have begun attacking each other for their policies, but also at a personal level.  Calling each other liars, declaring others as being nasty people are just a few of the attacks I find out of line.  I have no problem with pointing out where candidates say one thing and do another.  But calling them liars is an attack on their character.  Could it be that minds have changed?  Absolutely!

Now, the above is a picture of how the world sees politics.  Promising what you cannot deliver to capture the votes of those who do not understand the impossibility of the promise.  Attacking at a personal level those who stand in the way of getting what is desired rather then civilly debating the issues.  Using the media to smear the character of the other candidates.  Is this what we are to be doing?  Are we, as Christians, to be insulting and personally attacking those in government because they do not govern as we think they should?  We need to be careful that we address the policies and programs of those in authority and not stoop to the level of the world with personal attacks.  So, how do we do this?

Paul wrote to Timothy the following, “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.”  1 Tim 2:1-2. We should be praying for those in authority over us; kings, presidents, members of congress as well as the judges in the courts.  We should pray that they rule in such a way as to bring peace and godly life to all people.  To ensure that we can live a life honoring to God with no resistance by government or any specific groups that oppose the gospel or our way of life.  And we should pray for those pursuing public office that those who are qualified and godly get the positions.  As Jesus said at the Sermon of the Mount, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Mat 5:16.  People should see us acting Christ-like and wanting to know how we stay civil, and maybe accepting Christ on account of our godly actions.  We should not act as the world does, but trust that God has everything in control and will take care of us no matter who is in office.  By retaining our Christian principles, this could be a evangelistic moment where the reality of our lives convinces others to choose Christ.

So, do I have a particular candidate in the race I support?  Yes!  Do I question the actions of some of the other candidates in their policies and their ability to stand up against the corruption rampant in Washington DC?  Absolutely!  And I will support that candidate as long as he is in the race.  However, I will support them in prayer, communicating their message to others, and if I feel led, financially, not in a negative or non-Christian way.

I want to encourage all you reading this to make this an opportunity to let your light shine in your approach to this campaign.  Support who you want, but look carefully into what they stand for and believe, looking beyond what they say.  And more importantly, let your approach be such that you have the opportunity to evangelize through the godly way you handle yourself no matter what happens and who makes it in.  This is our mission here, and our trust should always be in God, and not in our political process or leaders.

 

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