Barach won. Mitt lost. Roseanne Barr didn’t win either (praise the Lord!). Oh yes, and last I checked, God is still seated on the throne. Therefore, it is a very good day!
What Does The Bible Say About Politics?
Being a conservative voter and living in the State of California, I feel like my vote for President of the United States is irrelevant. There are way too many liberals in this state (even though California’s central valley is highly conservative) for us to elect a conservative governor, or to have our Electoral College votes go toward a conservative leader. I would love to see the Electoral College get disassembled and have our nation vote in a President purely on the popular vote.
Alas, that might be an article for another time.
However, and from what I can tell, Barach Obama garnered 303 Electoral College votes while Mitt Romney captured only 206. In the popular vote, Barach received 59,633,456 of the popular votes while Mitt Romney received 57,003,614. When it comes down to it, we have a very divided country as far as politics are concerned.
So the question every Christian needs to answer for himself or herself is this:
How should I live my life when I don’t agree—morally or otherwise—with the principles, actions, decisions, or future plans of the leaders of my government?
Should Christians Be Involved In Politics?
In today’s contemporary American society, some Christians place a rather unhealthy emphasis on politics and/or social issues, both to the detriment of the gospel and to their own personal testimony. At the same time, however, there are far too many Christians who are of the mindset that Christians should have little or nothing to do with politics altogether.
Both groups, I believe, would do well to reconsider their position according to what the Scriptures teach. Indeed, God has an opinion about this very issue as well.
What does the Bible say about submission to government? Actually, it says quite a lot. Essentially, God’s desire for every Christian in America is this,
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king” (1 Peter 2:13-17; underline mine).
Here’s a bullet list of what this verse is saying to every Christian today, including us in the good ‘ole USA:
- Submit yourselves to human government
- Understand that everything is happening according to God’s will for you
- Act appropriately so the enemy (foolish men) will have nothing negative to say about Christianity
- Live your life as a free person
- Don’t use liberty as a cloak for doing evil
- Remember, you are a slave to God (bondslave)
- Honor everyone, without exception
- Love other Christians
- Fear God above all else
- Honor the king (in this case, President Barach Obama)
Besides the above passage, here is another to highlight the necessity of honoring those in charge of us as a nation.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)
Submission to civic government (and higher authority) is important to God, because there is no government in existence that is not ordained by God. Some governments prove to be both cruel and terrible, but each person in authority will give an account of their actions to their Creator come judgment day. Our responsibility is to be in submission to whichever government we find ourselves under at the moment. For American Christians, this government may change every four years or so.
Americans are governed by the Constitution of the United States and not, necessarily, by whoever sits in the oval office come Election Day. Ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Under this political system of democracy, we are granted certain rights and responsibilities.
We have the freedom of speech, the right to assemble, and the right to vote. Therefore, to insist that all Christians remove themselves from politics altogether is a gross error and, frankly, it goes against God’s revealed will to be submissive to our American government.
If there ever comes a time when you personally find yourself under the rule of a different government, then God’s desire for you is to be submissive to that authority, do what is right, silence ignorant men by nothing more than your exemplary behavior, respect everyone around you, love other believers, and honor the king.
Oh wait, we don’t have a king in this country. Well then, God’s will is for us to pray for—and honor—President Barach Obama.
Remember, your candidate may not have won the vote but your God is still sitting on the throne in Heaven’s oval office, if you will. And frankly, I’m okay with that.
A Final Word Of Encouragement
Finally, fellow Christian, take courage in the fact that this world is passing away. You are just a sojourner here for a time. We look forward to a new kingdom with a holy God who governs with righteousness…all the time!
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
QUESTION: What do you think about Christians, politics, and how the two mix together?
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