The church's responsibility to the world is to preach the gospel! Jesus Christ is the hope for all mankind. That being said, I have always been interested in politics. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a politician. My dad (my pastor) looked at me one day and said, "You can not be a politician and a preacher". Historically, they have not mixed well. My ambitions to be a politician ended because I wanted to respond to a higher calling. My interest in the process has not waned.
As a citizen of the United States, we should take every opportunity to exercise our rights. The Apostle Paul was a Roman citizen and used that to his advantage.
24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.
27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.
28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.
29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
The Bill of Rights within the United States Constitution guarantees certain freedoms. Included in this historic document is the ability to practice a religion of your choice and the freedom of speech. As a Christian, we do not have to agree with other religions or views of individuals, but we must support their ability to practice their religion and to allow them to speak freely. If we do not, it may be our Christian beliefs and views that are not tolerated in the future. This "give and take" is what makes America great.
We should vote. We must vote. It is not my responsibly as a pastor to tell you to vote for a certain candidate. I have my own views, but we must vote in accordance to the Bible. It would be difficult to find someone that mirrors your exact views, but our vote should be cast for righteousness. We should ask ourselves these questions based on their past practices and voting record:
- Are they pro-life?
- Are they a Christian?
- Do they support gay marriage?
- Will they appoint United States Supreme Court Justices that lean away from Biblical principles?
- Do they support Israel? (Psalm 122:6)
Many people, including Christians, fail to educate themselves on the individual candidates. They either do not know them at all or they spew whatever headline they read. The uneducated are the weak link in the democracy.
We should be active within the democratic process. Our voices should be heard. We should not lash out or become violent, but we have every right to share our views via email, letters, social media or phone calls to our representatives in government remembering that we are first Christians. We do not need to agree with our political leaders, but we must respect the position. Exercise your freedoms or we will lose them.
Our greatest responsibility as Christians is to pray for our leaders. It is our prayers that will bring peace.
1 Timothy 2
2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Christians have the responsibility to preach the gospel, but we have every right to live within the words of the Constitution. We should be aware of the issues and educate ourselves on candidates so that we vote righteousness. Write a letter or send an email. Let your voice be heard, but support the right of the opposing view to be speak. Most importantly, pray for our leaders.
Have a great day! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments are welcomed.