Christianity and Politics.
Election Day is is 36 days away! It seems odd to many that a ministry such as this one that is dedicated to biblical manliness would get involved in politics. But, did you know that Christians are supposed to get involved with politics? [Especially when God’s values are at stake.] Besides, it’s the Manly thing to do.
Please understand, I am not “preaching politics.” Neither, will I be talking about politicians (much!). I do not want to talk about the past 8 years under President Obama. I want to turn the direction back to us, the voter, and especially, those who claim Christianity.
Ultimately, politics offers little change, despite the fact that just about every politician gets elected under the guise that his term in office will bring change, but genuine change comes through changed hearts, which only occurs as people respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But we still have politics. And our Bibles tell us that God has ordained the system of civil government to protect the innocent, and to maintain proper order.
As for our part, the Christian life carries a prophetic voice that calls us to shine light into dark places. And let me tell you, there are some really dark places in Washington DC right now!
Jesus’ call for His people to be salt and light to a dying world covers every aspect of life (Matthew 5:13-14,) including how we vote and how we relate to our government.
Christians are to be peaceful, law abiding citizens, (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15.)
We are to pray for and honor our government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3,)
Every one who works must faithfully pay taxes (Matthew 22:21,)
and every Christian is called to work for the highest good of all people (Proverbs 3:27; Galatians 6:10.)
This includes working to promote Godly principles in politics and government
So, How do we do this?
I am glad you asked. Starting today and leading up to election day, I will post short articles every Monday to prepare all Christians for Election Day 2016. We must understand the five characteristics of a Christian voter in order to be completely confident when we cast that vote on Tuesday November 8th, 2016.
Those characteristics are:
I. A Christian voter… Recognizes that God ordains leadership.
II. A Christian voter…Recognizes that they too must get involved.
III. A Christian voter…Recognizes that their vote means something.
IV. A Christian voter…Recognizes that true freedom comes through Christ alone, and
V. A Christian voter…Recognizes that the real goal is bringing people the freedom-giving message of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as this political season continues to heat up, and the name-calling and back-biting gets worse and worse…remember who you are and most importantly remember whose who are! You are a Son or a Daughter of God!
Earlier I said, as Christians, we carry a prophetic voice that calls us to shine light into dark places. so don’t be silent!!!
May our thoughts be God’s thoughts as we prepare to cast our VOTE.
May our words be God’s words as we speak to others about the elections.
May our actions be God’s actions as we help others to do their duty and VOTE.
For it is in our thinking, in our our speaking, and in our doing that God, who dwells in us is recognized by others.
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