If you had told me 5 years ago, I would be writing about political and social issues in 2020, I would’ve laughed in your face. It wasn’t an idea back then. To be honest, I wasn’t even that interested. Other interests consumed me and I had other dreams, but times have changed and after doing hours and hours of research and really trying my best to understand where I stand and what I believe, I learned the importance of speaking out, and not staying silent about things that matter. But most importantly, I’ve learned about what it looks like to be a Christian in this political culture we all seem to be living in.
Do I have all the answers? Not at all. I’m still learning. I’m still trying to figure these things out. It takes great courage to stand up for truth in a climate that caters to bias and fake news. But what I’ve learned in all of this, is that standing up for truth is important. Yes, censorship is everywhere, and being a Christian in the world today isn’t easy, but has it ever been easy? We were never promised to live an easy life. Scripture makes this apparent (John 16:33). Tribulation is going to come, but even so, it’s still incredibly important to know truth and to lean on the promises of God.
It’s true that we live in a political climate more than ever before, and sometimes it’s hard to find a balance.
Sometimes it’s easy to wonder where we as Christians fit into all of this. But it’s important to know that we do fit into it somehow, and it’s important more now that we have to be involved in the political conversation. Why is this so important? Because, now, more than ever, Christians need to be a voice. We need to stand up for truth because if we don’t, godlessness has the opportunity to take over. If we don’t, who else is going to do it? We need to be involved in the conversation because God cares about his world, his creation, and consequently how it is run. Scripture mentions economics, law, government and politics all throughout the Old and New Testament (Rom.13:1; Isa. 40:22-24; Titus 3:1-2).
While politics shouldn’t be our number one priority, they are important in today’s world, especially for the Christian. Christianity gives us a foundation of how to think Biblically about politics and social issues, such as abortion or capitalism. While some may think it doesn’t, the Christian worldview actually focuses a ton on political engagement and civil government all throughout Scripture.
· In the Old Testament, both Joseph and Daniel served in civil government, trying to influence the future and flourishing of their nation.
· In Exodus, we see Moses as a political leader as he led the Israelites out of Egypt. This provides a great example of God’s heart for good government.
· The books of 1+2 Chronicles shows us Lord’s heart for good government through Solomon and the request for wisdom to govern effectively.
· Isaiah describes the coming of the Savior and his kingdom – whose government there shall be no end.
· Obadiah affirms that justice cannot be escaped
· Galatians explains the total freedom given by Christ – that the gospel necessitates, requires, and sustains freedom
· Romans shows the value of government
· 1,2, + 3 John explain the importance and need to have good role models in leadership
· Jude attacks bad role models in leadership and explains how and when abused authority can be abdicated.
There are so many other examples throughout Scripture, but these are just a select few that give us a good idea on why it’s so important for the Christian to pay attention to the political climate in our world today. The decisions made by our government has huge implications of the people of nation, and those implications could be either good or bad. This is just one reason why it’s important, especially for Christian leaders to be involved and engaged in what is going on and to offer a biblical perspective. Whether you like it or not, politics and government have real life implications for people, and we have to pay attention to them.
We have God-given rights in America, and we have the Constitution. The Constitution alone gives the people the consent to lead the nation, not rulers or kings, but the people. This alone makes politics unavoidable for anyone who wants to help control their political future. Again, politics have real life implications for people, and it’s important that we advocate for laws and policies that help contribute to society from a biblical worldview. How can we as Christians not be involved in a political climate when politics are one of the most important things that help shape basic rights and freedoms?
The Bible is apparent when it comes to government and politics, leaving us with no excuse to avoid the topic. We simply can’t. This is even more important today than it was 4 years ago. We have to speak up, and we have to fight for good government; the government that is going to lead and help our nation flourish, not fall into tyranny. Politics affect government, shapes society, and ultimately influences the culture we live in. Because of what the Bible teaches about government and importance it has on our culture, Christians must care about politics.
How should you be involved?
STAY INFORMED: It’s important to stay informed on what’s going on in the world
RESEARCH: I cannot stress this enough. There is so much bias and fake news in the world. It is critical to do your research and understand what’s happening. Don’t just jump to conclusions and believe a headline because most of the time, the headlines are false or misleading. Do your research, it’s important.
PRAY: Pray for our nation and our leaders that God has chosen for us at this given time. Prayer is powerful, it works, and God hears them.
READ YOUR BIBLE: This is the most important thing you need to do. The Bible is the Word of God and it is the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge. Read it, know it, love it, breathe it. When you know Scripture, you will see things more through a biblical lens, which is absolutely crucial, especially in today’s politically obsessed climate.
SPEAK UP: This isn’t the time for Christians to stand back and let things go. We have to speak up and we have to fight. If you feel led to speak up about whatever issue is at hand, I ask you to do it. Don’t do it in a way that promotes arguments or fighting but do it in a way that presents facts. Speak up about the things that matter to you. You never know who might be listening to you. Speak up and fight for truth because if we don’t, tyranny could be the future of our country.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray in this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5