Should Christians be involved with Politics?

In this political season, when left battles right and vice versa, a question that is frequently asked is, “Should Christians be involved in politics?”

No

Some say Christians should stay out of politics because our calling as Christians is not to save the world but to save souls and preach the Gospel. In this passive approach, it appears no concern whatsoever should be given to the affairs of this world.  It seems it would be hard to carry this out in practical matters since the powers of darkness are always advancing and to do nothing, is to allow darkness to spread, unchallenged by the restraint of those with good morals.


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Yes

Other say Christians need to be salt and light to the world and make a positive influence wherever they can and that particularly includes politics.  With issues like abortion, free speech, funding for Planned Parenthood, gay marriage and religious liberty being challenged (e.g. religious institutions force to provide abortive birth control), there are many issues that directly affect religious beliefs, that Christians should be interested in.

On the other hand, I understand there’s a good reason many don’t want Christians involved in politics.  Christians make up a large voting block and If Christians choose not to participate, these causes are easily won by the activists who are hell-bent (pun intended) on seeing them implemented.

What the Bible Says…

Of course our belief in Christianity affects how we see the world.  It should cause us to reach out, be generous and help to those who are not able to pay us back.

Luke 14:13-14: Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

And we should work to help the poor, those in prison, etc.

Matthew 25:34-40:   34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Reading that sobering passage, it’s clear Christians should be our ‘brother’s keeper’ and helping anyone who needs help.  And it’s fair to say that should be our focus. However there are many passages in the Bible from Proverbs to The Parables that talk about being wise, being a good steward of your finances and about men (merchants, vineyard owners, kings, etc.) who are successful in business.  It also talks about how many of these men, their property and their workers are attacked by those who are jealous of their success.

Which is it?  Help your fellow-man or the so-called 1%?

We can do all of the above and support politicians and causes that promote and support Christian values (e.g. marriage, protecting the unborn, etc.).  In fact, it’s our job to do so.  If the freedom and privilege this country has given you and your faith does not compel you to some political expression (your opinion, your vote, etc), then you’ve misunderstood the value and power this great nation has placed in you and you’ve misunderstood your Christian calling to be salt and light everywhere you are.

Many of the American founding fathers were Christian and it was that faith that motivated much of what they did.  You shouldn’t check your faith ‘at the door’.  You should bring it with you wherever you go.  It should affect and influence every part of your life.  America needs Christians now more than ever, to be of courage, to lead, to vote and to influence and yes, to be involved in politics.

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Sean Holland is the founder & creator of ChristiaMANity.com – a website for Christian men who live in the real world.

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