Corrupt politicians, constant dishonesty on all sides, negativity and hatred, approval of wrong, and the removal of God from education and political affairs. These are just a hand full of valid reasons why Christians would desire no part in politics. However, considering the fact that our Lord and Savior Himself chose to stand against corrupt governments, and the fact that it would be irresponsible on our part to stand by and do nothing; I stand resolved in my belief that Christians should, and must take a stance when it comes to the political choices of our great nation.
Just as in any area of life, the means by which we as Christians should determine truth is through the word of God. So what does the bible say about the role of believers in government? To answer this we will be looking at two particular areas in biblical history.
Babylonia: Through the book of Daniel we see the story of 4 men who have been taken into a corrupt, dishonest, hateful, society where wrong is commended and God is stricken from all areas of life. Sound familiar?
In this situation, these men find themselves presented with two choices; one, revolt and resist or two, convert and confirm. Many of their fellow Israelites chose one of these two paths, either raging war on their oppressors or becoming one with their ungodly culture. However, taking heed to the instructions given to them by God before their captivity, these men chose a far different path. That of Loyalty and Subversion; by settling down in Babalon, creating lives and actually seeking to bring blessings upon their rulers. This alternative path was one of perfect balance between the two extremes offered.
By making a life for themselves in this new land and seeking to serve this new government, these men acquired the ability to have a place of influence where they could make an impact. Yet at the same time, they refused to conform in areas that clearly went against the word of God. When faced with a burning furnace or the mouths of roaring lions, these men stood for what they knew to be right.
Jesus of Nazareth: Throughout his life here on earth, Christ taught his followers the same lifestyle instructed in the book of Daniel; love your enemies and bless them. Yet at the same time, Jesus refused to stand by when wrongs were accepted. His stance against the corruption of government ultimately led to his very death on the cross. If our Savior took a stance such as this, how could we possibly stand by and say we too are not expected to stand for right.
With these two examples of biblical involvement in the actions of one’s government, we as Christians should count our lucky stars that we live in a nation where the price for standing for right is simply fewer friends and not our own death. We have a gift but more than that, we have an obligation. Just as Daniel, we are commanded to take the path of Loyalty and Subversion; to love our enemies and bless them. How can we bless this nation if we remain silent and passive? How can we stand for those being mistreated or against wrongful actions if we remain seated on the sidelines watching as others of opposite beliefs and views take the main roles in shaping our nation?
Corrupt politicians, constant dishonesty on all sides, negativity and hatred, approval of wrong, and the removal of God from education and political affairs. These are just a hand full of valid reasons why Christians must take part in politics.
A huge shout out to The Bible Project for the inspiration of today’s blog. For more helpful insight on areas of Christianity and the Bible, I would defiantly recommend viewing their videos and creative charts. https://thebibleproject.com/videos/the-way-of-the-exile/ – The way of the Exile