Politics and Christianity: Can the Two Work Together?
Let me ask you your opinion on something: should Christians be involved in politics? Moreover, should Christians vote? There are all kinds of ethnic and religious groups involved in politics, but what about Christians? Well, I'm a Christian and I see nothing wrong with it. I've heard other opinions about whether Christians should be involved, often to the contrary. I have to wonder though, what would those who disagree suggest that we do?
I personally feel that we are co-workers with Christ. For example, if you need a job, you can certainly pray for a job, yes? However, you need to submit resumes and make phone calls in order to obtain a job. You need to put forth some effort on your part. You can trust that God will help guide you to find the job that's right for you, but YOU have to do something in order to get the job. Here's a little something that the Bible says about work: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…” Colossians 3:23
How about all the people that God used throughout the Bible to accomplish His work? How about David and Goliath, one of my favorite stories. What if David hadn't stepped up to defeat Goliath? In that same vein, what if conservatives had stayed home and decided NOT to help elect Ted Cruz to win the U.S. Senate nomination against David Dewhurst? I. Can't. Even.
Christians are involved and have been for a while in the pro-life movement. I would have to say that there are definitely 'politics' involved there: shaping legislation and staging protests. So, should Christians stop standing up for life? Something else that Christians generally stand for is traditional marriage: marriage between one man and one woman. Let us not forget that often times, these are convictions the people feel in their heart that they should fight for. So, should Christians then also stop standing up for traditional marriage?
I don't feel that being a co-worker with God to find a job is any different than being a co-worker with God for influencing legislation or attempting to maintain our freedoms. I can even use another example of a group headed up by a person who listened to the Lord direct his career path and how God has blessed him with many successes. Ever heard of Liberty Institute? A man by the name of Kelly Shackelford is the president and CEO of Liberty Institute. They are a Christian ministry dedicated to providing legal assistance to those being discriminated against when it comes to their first amendment rights and the ability to freely express their faith.
From their website, "In 1972, Liberty Institute began as a small advocacy organization under a different name and advanced the cause of liberty, including religious liberty. In 1997, we added our legal division, once known as Liberty Legal Institute, and Kelly Shackelford became President and CEO. In 2009, we brought our policy and legal division together under one name—Liberty Institute.What began nearly 40 years ago has grown into an influential non-profit law firm, dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America. Liberty Institute is now the largest legal organization in America dedicated solely to defending and preserving religious liberty in America, with clients, attorneys, and donors all across the nation." If you want to read more about this amazing organization, click on the link here.
To further drive home my point, I looked at the U.S. Pastors Council website where they have an outline listed for a project called, "Every Christian Votes". Here are some stats that are somewhat disturbing:
Every American Christian who is eligible to vote does so:
a) By one’s absence; Failing to vote and allowing elected officials to be chosen by those who do not share the same values,
b) Thoughtlessly; By voting out of ignorance, self-serving motivation, etc., or
c) By becoming informed; Studying candidates’ positions on key issues, praying and casting a knowledgeable vote for candidates who most closely conform to Biblical standards of character and on the vital issues of the day.
Here comes the disturbing part:
Most pastors would agree that options A and B are poor stewardship and have led to ungodly, unjust and corrupt leaders being chosen, resulting in unrighteous government.
It is still an accepted statistic that less than one out of three churchgoing citizens vote in each election, a fact of which we should be ashamed.
Now, don't get me wrong, there has to be a balance of things. We shouldn't put politics or political involvement before God and our faith. Prayerfully considered political action is certainly acceptable, because if there's ever been a time for Christian influence needed in the halls of D.C., the Texas Capitol and our local municipalities, it's definitely NOW. Don't hold back on letting your voices be heard.