Love, Faith, & Politics
By Pastor J.D. Link
Question: Should your faith in God, and your love for God, influence your politics? Separation of Church and State! Separation of Church and State! I can hear it already. Exactly what official document is that found in? The Constitution? The Bill of Rights? The Declaration of Independence? No. It is phrase taken from a letter! Thomas Jefferson wrote to a church in Connecticut, assuring them the government would not set up a state church (like they had just left in England). However, certain people who want Christians to keep their morality and righteousness to themselves, have tricked everyone into believing this is some sort of law. That could not be further from the truth. What you believe should absolutely effect the way you vote. In fact, The Word of God commands that it does! Faith without corresponding action is dead!
God’s Word tells us that EVERYTHING we do should be done: 1. In the Name of Jesus (Col 3:17) 2. With all of our heart, as unto Jesus (Col 3:23-24) 3. To the glory of God (1Cor 10:31, 33). Does this include politics? You tell me. I didn’t read any exceptions in these verses. Everything means everything. Remember King David, the man after God’s own heart? His faith in God effected the way he governed. King Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, & Josiah, were all righteous kings; whose love for God and faith in God effected the way they governed; and the nation was blessed when these righteous, Godly men were in power. Thank God Queen Esther let her faith effect her politics. The Jews may have been wiped out if it hadn’t. How then would have Jesus been born into this world?
Peter and John didn’t have a problem preaching the Gospel to the Sanhedrin (Jewish government). They surely mixed their faith in Jesus with politics, don’t you think (Act 4:7-21, 5:17-41)? Paul’s faith certainly effected his politics when he spoke before Governor Felix, Governor Festus, and King Agrippa (Acts 24:10-26:29). When he was asked to speak, he didn’t say, “Sorry, separation of Church and State.” He used that opportunity to effect government with the truth of the Gospel. Should we do any less? Don’t buy into the lie that your supposed to keep all that “religious stuff” inside the “four walls” of the church. First, Christianity is an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ; not just some religion. Secondly, the church is made up of God’s children – believers in Christ Jesus – and is not a building. We are the building (1Cor 6:19). So the church goes where you and I go.
Jesus said, if you love me, keep my commandments (Jn 14:15, 21, 23-24). Well, we’re commanded to do good when it is in our power to do it (Prv 3:27). Especially to our brothers and sisters (Gal 6:1-0). Our Brothers and Sisters in Communist and Islamic nations don’t get to participate in this way, because they aren’t given the choice. However, we are given the opportunity to effect our nation’s government for good – so it is our responsibility to do it. To whom much is given, much is required. We cannot win the hearts of men through politics, but we can sure make our society a much more decent place to live.
Vote God’s Word. If a candidate or party stands for what God stands against; then stand against that party or person. Be on the side of right. Be on the side of God. A real quick & easy way to find out what God stands for or against, is to read the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. If a party or person is opposed to acknowledging God (beyond lip service), praying in the Name of Jesus, using The Bible as our guide in governing, & calling Christian Holy days what they are (instead of Winter break, Holiday trees, & all the other stupidity) – then they oppose the first four commandments; and I oppose them. If a party or person wants to take any rights from parents concerning raising, teaching, or disciplining their children; or if it wants to devalue the marriage covenant by recognizing anything other than one man & one woman – then they oppose commandments 5 & 7, and so oppose God. So I oppose them. If a party or person is for murdering the innocent, including unborn babies in the safety of their mother’s womb, then they oppose the sixth commandment – so I oppose them. If a party or person is for taking your hard earned money, and giving it to a person that sits on their sofa all day expecting a hand out – they oppose commandments 8 & 10. So I oppose them. If a party or persons doesn’t mind breaking the law in order to win – then they oppose the 9th commandment. If they oppose God‘s Word, then I oppose them. I pray this has challenged you to think through some things, and then act on the truth. Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!