Have you ever noticed that people seem to enjoy taking their opinions or preferences to the extremes?
You may be positively obsessed with the Oakland A’s. Meanwhile, your friend thinks they are the worst baseball team on planet earth.
Perhaps you may say that cats and dogs are equally amazing, while another may say that only dogs deserve to have the title of ‘pet.’
A less lighthearted example: One person may say that a wall is effective in keeping a country safe, while another will say you’re racist if you think that.
You get the point.
People take their opinions to the extreme!
Well, Christians do the same thing. And the debate seems to be especially heated around the Christian’s involvement with the uncomfortable ‘P’ word.
You know… politics….
Wheesh! Does that already dig up some feelings?!
Okay, I get it, but before you close the tab in disgust, let me just say, I am not going to talk about our political situation. I’m not going to be calling names. I’m not going to be making political statements. And I’m certainly not going to tell you what to think.
I’d just like to share some things I’ve been thinking about when it comes to a Christians involvement in politics. That’s it!
Are ya’ll ready?
Yes, this is the game of extremes that Christian play too!
On one side, some say that Christians should have no involvement in politics whatsoever. They argue that politics are very divisive and that it could turn people off from becoming a Christian.
The other extreme is that Christians should be extremely involved in politics. They reason that a Christian should use politics to make the world a better place and to ‘Christianize’ the world. This is often taken to the extreme where politics will become the badge they primarily display.
In my view, neither of these views accurately portray a Christian’s role in politics. Let me share…
Political Involvement Isn’t Bad
It isn’t necessarily bad to be involved with politics. Consider Proverbs 31. The husband of the virtuous woman is well known/respected in the city and ‘when he sits among the elders of the land.’ He is respected for being involved in local politics! (Perhaps another lesson… you can be respected, even if you are in politics! 😜That’s not to say it’ll be easy, though.)
In Proverbs 31, we are also commended to ‘open your mouth for the speechless.’ From my perspective, that’s a pretty political thing to do. Especially considering that Proverbs 31 was advice written to the king — King Lemuel.
Think also of the Apostle Paul — He was imprisoned for proclaiming Jesus to Supreme Ruler — a very political stance, as the emperor was considered the only and highest ruler. But that also illustrates the flip side. That while being involved in politics isn’t bad (and in some cases we are even commanded to), it is important makes sure that you keep in mind who is truly in charge. That is, of course, Jesus!
Jesus is Supreme Ruler
Jesus is King! He’s the Supreme Ruler of the universe! He is Almighty and completely in control of everything — even politics. No one can do anything to dethrone Him! (Aren’t we all thankful for that! 😄) It’s important that we keep that in mind as we are involved in politics — that He’s in charge and we’re here to serve Him!
In other words, anything we do, in politics or anything else, should be to honor Him and further His kingdom! He is the first and only badge we should proudly display!