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How Do Christians Approach Politics?

There is no subject in the world more prone to ignite an immediate firestorm of controversy and conflict like that of politics. And, this speaks to more than simply Republican versus Democrat. People who are otherwise normally civilized, suddenly morph into an unrecognizable banshee, foaming at the mouth because they perceive that their favorite candidate is being scrutinized unfairly. Honorable citizens who are known as typically congenial personalities will mysteriously transform into aggressive combatants over political policies being discussed at the dinner table. Everybody has viewed snippets of brawls being broadcast on national news networks because the fighters have differing standpoints on matters of government.

Followers of Christ are often uncertain about the appropriate attitude towards, and the subsequent amount of involvement in, the political process. There is an old adage which states, “religion and politics don’t mix.” But it is that true? People are certainly obligated to show civically responsible behavior. Furthermore, Christians should investigate whether that sentiment is actually applicable in regards to personal involvement with the governance of the country. It seems altogether unfeasible for believers to hold political views outside the considerations of the Christian faith. As such, the Bible provides particular insights of wisdom in regards to the believers stance in politics and government. God’s Word removes much confusion as its counsel introduces meaningful considerations for people on every side of the political conversation.

There are a number of principles Christians should remember in regards to this topic. The primary truth all believers should recall is that the will of God surpasses every facet of life, including political allegiance. God’s will requires ascendency above everything (Matthew 6:33). Furthermore, God’s will is unchallengeable, and He will ultimately bring His purpose to pass. While His plan may temporarily be stymied, due to the resistance of stubborn mankind, eventually all governments will be brought into subjection to God’s kingdom (Daniel 4:34-35). Interestingly enough, the Scripture teaches that God “sets up kings and deposes them” (Daniel 2:21), which at times may seem to be altogether confusing. Yet, “the Highest is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes” (Daniel 4:17). It is this reality that allows a person to understand that politics is simply a method God utilizes to accomplish His will. While wicked men misuse their political authority, using it for evil, God means it for good, working “all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

All Christians carry responsibility to government. Every citizen is to obey the laws of the land (Romans 13:1-2). God has established all political authority for the profit of His creation “to commend those who do right” (I Peter 2:13-15). The Bible teaches that it is the government’s obligation to rule in authority over its citizens for the good of the people. Believers have the ability to cast their votes for their respective leaders, and should choose candidates that best represent biblical principles and morals.

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