Gospel Life: Politics

The Gospel invades every facet of our lives. Our work, our education, our hobbies, our worldview, and even our political views are influenced by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is much said today about the idea of separation of church and state. However, you cannot separate one’s faith from his or her political views and alliances. You cannot separate the Gospel from your life. If you are truly born-again, the Gospel will affect every area of your life. As Christians, we are not called to merely believe the Gospel, but; we are to live out the Gospel. When it comes to the Gospel and politics, there are several things that we need to understand.
God ordained institutions. As we study the Bible and stay consistent with scripture, we find that there are three basic institutions that are ordained by God through which we govern our lives. 1. Marriage or the Home. Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Marriage is a sacred relationship between one man and one woman for life. God created man and woman equal in worth but different in function and responsibility. The woman is to be the caretaker of the home while the man is to be the leader of the home. This is God’s design, and nothing can change that. The institution of the home demonstrates for us the love that Christ has for us and the relationship we have with Him. 2. The Church. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” The body of Christ referred to in 1 Corinthians 12, is what we know as the church. The church is God’s elected people for this dispensation through which God carries out His purposes in the world today. As the home demonstrates God’s love for us, the church demonstrates our purpose in this life. As Christians, our lives should revolve around our families and our involvement in the local church where God has placed us. 3. Human Government. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God.” The governments of the world are ordained by God and, therefore, we must submit to and respect those in authority over us. As Christians, we are to live and conduct our lives within the laws of the land as longs as those laws do not contradict the Word of God. In such a case, we are to live in obedience to God’s Word and respectfully accept whatever consequence that may bring. As the home demonstrates God’s love for us and the church demonstrates our purpose; human government demonstrates God’s order and justice. All three of these institutions are vitally important. We must respect all three and live within the structure that these institutions provide.
Political Views. As we look at politics in light of the Gospel, we must consider what our political views should be. You cannot separate your faith from your political views. There are several things for us to keep in mind when formulating our political views. 1. We are a part of God’s Kingdom first. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath call you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” As Christians, we are not citizens of this world. Our citizenship is in Heaven. We are a part of a Heavenly Kingdom. We are ambassadors to this world, representing the Kingdom of God. Our purpose as Ambassadors is to point people to Jesus. Therefore, we should not be known for our political views, we should be known for who we are in Christ. We are not republican or democrat. We are Christians. We are not even Americans. We are Christ followers, citizens of the Kingdom of God. First and foremost we are to represent Christ to this world. Our political views should not be reflective of a certain political party. Our political views should be reflective of the Kingdom of God. 2. As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we must have a Biblical worldview. Our opinions about things should not be formulated by society norms or what is best for the world in general. Our views on every issue facing mankind today should be seen through the lenses of scripture. Instead of asking, ‘what do you think about such and such’, we should ask, ‘what does the Bible say about that?’ 2. Our political involvement should be based upon the principles of God’s Word. As Christians, we are called to be involved. We cannot sit idly by. We must have an impact on this world. Therefore, we are to involve ourselves in human government by exercising our freedom to vote. Now, when we as Christians go to the ballot box, we cannot check our faith out at the door. We go to the ballet box as representatives of God’s Kingdom. Therefore, we must vote according to Biblical principles and not according to popularity or family ties. For example, no matter how you look at, you cannot as a Christian vote for someone who supports the murder of a baby in a mother’s womb. Doing so, would violate Biblical principles. As a Christian, you cannot vote for someone who does not hold to the God-given definition of marriage. As a Christian, you cannot vote for someone who actively opposes and hinders the work of the church. There are certain things given to us in the Bible that we cannot compromise on. When you go into that ballot box, you cannot lay your Bible at the door. You must vote according to Biblical principles. Why? Because you are a citizen of Heaven and a representative of God’s Kingdom to this world. When we vote, it’s not about who is going to make our lives better. It’s about who will be closer to upholding Biblical standards.
Our Conduct. Look at 1 Peter 2:9-15. It is the will of God that we conduct ourselves in a manner that will bring others to Christ. When it comes to the Gospel and Politics, we must understand that our conduct says a lot about who we are. Think about how our conduct should be. 1. Respect those we disagree with. Because of the fact the we are not part of an earthly kingdom; we will have major disagreements with people in the world. However, those disagreements should never take us to a place of disrespect and personal attacks. As Christians, our first and foremost desire should be to win people to Christ, not to win a political argument. I remember when President Obama was in office, there were Christians who would say all kinds of dirty and hurtful things about the President. That, my friend, was wrong and does not represent God’s Kingdom. You and I may not agree with a certain political figure, but; we must respect them. We must honor them, because they are the ones in authority. We are also to show respect toward people of different political views. To attack them personally is shameful and has no business coming from a representative of God’s Kingdom. 2. Above all, preach Jesus. How can we effectively preach the Gospel to the world when we ostracize a large segment of the population? Think about it. This goes for not just the words we say with our mouths, but also, what we post on social media. I have seen Christians who will post very negative and hurtful things about different political parties and political figures. I ask you; how does that preach Jesus? How will such behavior bring people to Christ? I have seen posts online where people call out political figures by name and post obscene pictures, making fun of them. I have seen Christians call those in a certain political party dumb and idiotic. It may be okay for us to discuss such things behind closed doors with those who agree with us, but to publicly shame a group of people because you disagree with them is not of God and it hurts the cause of Christ. For example, when you post online or say publicly that democrats are dumbocrats you have just lost any chance you had of winning a democrat to Christ. When post online or say publicly that republicans are warmongers and intolerant, you have just lost any chance you had of winning a republican to Christ. As a Christian, you are not a democrat or a republican. You are a citizen of God’s Kingdom, and it’s about time we start acting like it. The world is watching us and listening to everything we say. Are we representing the Kingdom of God well? Are we pointing people to Jesus or just pushing them away? 3. Pray for political leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayer, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Think about this. You may not like President Trump; but do you pray for him? You may not like Nancy Pelosi; but do you pray for her? You may not like your congressman; but do you pray for him or her? When you pray, how do you pray? Do you pray that God would change them to fit with your political views or do you pray for their salvation? Do you pay that God would bless them and protect them? Do you thank God for them and for the hard work they do? Do you pray that God would give them good health? Do you pray that God would bless their families? It is time we stop speaking negatively of those in authority and posting political attacks online that pushes people away. It is time that we get on our knees and ask God to forgive us of our behavior toward others. It is time that we pray for our nation’s leaders instead of tearing them down.
The Gospel changes everything. It changes our views and it changes our behavior. Are you living out the Gospel even in your political involvement?

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