With a presidential election looming in the not too distant future, we are going to be subjected to a great deal of political rhetoric through the many media outlets. No doubt, we will also have occasion to speak with friends and neighbors about some of these current events. But just what role should the church take in politics.
I’m sure some are reading this article because the title caught their attention and they want to see what I have to say about this matter. However, before I address the relationship between the church and politics, I would like to share an observation. I wish more disciples of Christ would practice their religion like they do their politics. What do I mean?
- I wish more Christians would be as vocal about their Christianity as they are their politics.
- I wish more Christians would be as willing to promote Jesus to the lost as they are their presidential candidate to their neighbors.
- I wish more Christians would be as willing to defend the doctrine of Christ as they are the platform of their political party.
Do you not find it strange that God’s children can be moved to be so vocal and involved when it comes to politics, but so timid and uninvolved when it comes to Christianity? Brethren, our actions betray us! Passion is driven by love, and a lack of passion for the cause of Christ betrays our waning love for him.
Now to the topic at hand. Should religion and politics mix? Should the church be involved in politics? The answer to that question is a qualified “no.” If you’re strictly talking about political issues, “no.” Such issues as education reform, welfare reform, income tax, the economy, foreign policy, etc. are issues that can have differing perspectives. For the church to take a position on such issues misses the mission of the church and drives a wedge between itself and honest people who hold a differing viewpoints. Concerning such political issues, Paul sums up our responsibility in Romans 13 by saying that we should pray, pay, and obey.
However, if you’re talking about moral issues that have been politicized, “yes,” not only should the church be involved, but it must. Abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, alcohol, etc., are issues that are moral issues and the voice of the church must be heard! Friends remember, the church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). Not only does the church have the right to speak out on such moral issues, it has a God given responsibility to speak out on such issues.
If we’re talking about taxes, economy, education, and foreign policy, all I have to offer is my opinion which may very well be inferior to yours – pay no mind. However, on moral issues, God has already spoken, and we know exactly where we should stand on those issues. On political issues…vote your opinion and freely oppose those who differ with you. However, on moral issues, one dare not find himself in opposition to God.