I am writing this post to my fellow brothers and sisters, who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and whom trust in His finished work at the cross, alone, for their redemption.
A close friend of mine was recently on a Leadership Call with two Pastors, whose churches have fellowshipped together for the past five years. The two congregations have partnered together many times to share the Gospel and meet the physical needs of the less fortunate in their community.
Unfortunately, the call shifted to a discussion about politics, and the discussion became heated between the two pastors, one whom supports president Trump and the other whom supports Mr. Buydin. The argument got so heated, that the call had to be ended abruptly. My friend was not only grieved at how quickly these preachers had allowed their differing political views to escalate, but also by the fact that both preachers were aware that there were unsaved participants on the call also who heard this argument.
I see it all across the television networks and all across Social Media; Christians getting into heated arguments about how righteous their preferred party is and how wicked the other party is.
We know that God is not the author of confusion, So this means that Satan is having a field day stirring up heated arguments between Christian Republicans and Christian Democrats; And animosity between believers of different races. I am addressing professing “born again” Christians, because if the devil can keep us fighting each other, our focus won’t be on fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission to share the Gospel.
First off, Romans 13:1-7 and I timothy 2:1-2 lets us know that God ordains the government and law enforcement; And we are instructed to respect them and keep them lifted up in prayer. God permits forms of human leadership, because the sins of the ungodly would plunge the world into complete anarchy and chaos, without some form of leadership and the means to enforce laws. A true follower of Christ will abide by the laws of the land, unless we find ourselves in a situation where a law is made that is contrary to God’s Word.
Neither political party can lay claim to being more righteous than the other, because both Parties are comprised of imperfect men and women, who possess a sin nature that makes them vulnerable to pride, greed, lying, lust, etc…
We need only look at the Bible’s account of King David to see how even “a man after God’s own heart” could succumb to adultery, lying, and murder. Thank God that when confronted by the prophet Nathan, David repented to God for his sins.
If a true follower of Christ chose to run for a political office, depending on the values of the majority of voters in their area, the Christian Candidate may be able to win a local office and maintain their Christian values throughout their term, HOWEVER once you start looking at Senators, Congressmen, and President…THAT PERSON WILL HAVE TO COMPROMISE some of their beliefs in order to get elected OR to get deals done with people across the aisle to get bills passed.
• God’s Word demonstrates to us that none of us can keep God’s law, and so we are saved by faith in Christ’s finished work at the cross.
• It is mankind’s inability to keep God’s law that prevents mankind from keeping their own created laws, so often times, mankind will change their laws to suit mankind’s agenda.
All of us have our convictions, our values, our biases, things that we are willing to tolerate, things that we absolutely will not tolerate.
It is our personal values, convictions, and biases that guide our choices in which candidates we will support.
The values that are inline with God’s Word will serve us well in bringing glory to God, and being able to witness to others, HOWEVER some of our values/biases are based upon our own personal opinion or teachings from other persons; It is these values/biases that we must bring before God so He can instruct us on what needs to be let go of.
Pride is what got Satan kicked out of Heaven, and pride is one of his favorite tactics to use against people. The devil has pulled us into the snare of pride when we find ourselves consumed by wanting to win an argument or that our opinion is right. While articulating why we support given candidate, we have to be willing to admit that that candidate has some flaws.
Because politics is such a hot subject, there are many people who have chosen not to enter into any political discussion, unless they are conversing with someone whom they have a high degree of certainty that they can have a peaceful and respectful discussion with..And I believe that this is a very wise choice.
When we find ourselves conversing with people with different political beliefs and a different perspective on the social issues of the day; We want the Holy Spirit to have free reign, so that our words will be seasoned with grace, and He will let us know when it is time to end the discussion and pray..before things escalate into a heated argument and we say something that we may regret later.
Paul offers these words:
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
The guiding light of the believer consists of: God’s written Word, The Holy Spirit who dwells within us, and our longing to hear our Savior say, “well done good and faithful servant” when we meet Him face-to-face.
One day, this world will be ruled by a perfect leader, when Jesus Christ establishes His Millennial Kingdom.
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
Only Jesus Can Make Any Nation Great, because All Souls Matter to Him.
Until that day that He calls each of us to our Heavenly home, we are ambassadors of Christ. May we represent our Savior by our words, by our conduct, and by our love.
As there are probably going to be varying viewpoints on this subject, I humbly request that we be respectful of each commentor’s thoughts.