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Should We Be Political Christians?


When our Christianity wears political clothes, it usually leads people to the political headquarters, instead of the spiritual one. Jesus said, “Come unto Me,” not to Washington (Matthew 16:24-28).

When we see the world through a political mindset, we become naturally adversarial. Accordingly we debate rather than disciple,  we shout instead of soothe,  and we call people to bills rather than the Bible.

We put our trust in people rather than God when we invest all of our hope in an election. In doing so, we set ourselves up to lose faith in God because our party or candidate didn’t win.

In fact, God may have more good planned through the election of a terrible candidate than a good one. Providence doesn’t always come in the form we expect.

When we lose sight of the Gospel call, we take our eyes off of Christ and the Great Commission is forgotten (Matthew 28:18-20).  As a result, Satan has been given an inroads into our heart, and all manner of evil is possible.

As God’s people we must always be Christians immersed in righteousness. In every aspect of life, we remain transformed saints (Romans 12:1-2). When we approach politics with godliness, we never lose sight of our faith and mission (Matthew 28:18-20).

We address social ills and vote with the will of God foremost in our minds.  However, we do not turn people away from the gospel by deceiving them into thinking that accepting our political positions is a requirement for becoming a Christian.

A Christian may understand the boundaries necessary as we analyze the political landscape, but the world does not. Politics are very emotional, and even Christians can lose their perspective when they get upset.

While we may think we are still focused on God when we are being openly political, the world may be unable to distinguish between the two. Are we willing to take the chance that Christ is being obscured by our behavior? Better a soul won than an election.

All political parties have ungodly foundations. They all espouse unbiblical principles, and some are worse than others. We must pray and study our Bibles as we prepare to vote as people of God.

We must ask as we vote, “How will our vote affect the moral condition of the country and our religious freedoms?”

When politics and racial attitudes mix, things become explosive, and no one can handle it without unnatural skill and diplomacy. God’s people wade in very dangerous waters when they fail to be wise and careful as they walk there. Evangelistic opportunities can be destroyed forever.

If a salesman becomes a Christian and he obsessively tries to sell to every person he sees, it is unlikely he will ever be able to evangelize because people will never be able to trust his intentions. Likewise, when we talk more about our political party than our Savior, people are justified in being dubious of our intentions.

Denying our Savior by inadvertent means, is still a denial and Satan is glorified.


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2 thoughts on “Should We Be Political Christians?

  1. Excellent article, Richard. You have identified a problem that really hurts Christian influence today. I especially appreciated your noting the negative impact that results when political and racial prejudices merge. You note that all parties have ungodly principles associated with them. The one addition I would make would balance that true assertion with the fact that in our society each of the two major parties has policies that are based on biblical principles. In living as Christians in this society, and trying to address life from a biblical perspective, we will support some causes championed more by one party and some causes supported more strongly by the other. Your point is precisely correct: Our faith in Christ should influence our political choices rather than our political beliefs warping our Christian practice.

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