Monday, March 07 2016
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.
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:
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
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 email@example.com. Comments are welcomed.