The overwhelming majority of issues that make headlines each day are totally absent in the Bible. This makes it is very difficult to establish clear cut and Scriptural opinions. Although difficult, it is not impossible.
Today, evidently, the third largest school district in the United States (Chicago) will suffer a teacher’s strike. This is a huge story for it impacts 400,000 students and their families. The problem is that there is absolutely nothing in the Bible to base an opinion upon as to the rightness or wrongness of this action. There were no trade unions in Bible times and education was far different than it is today.
Of course the biggest issue making news on a daily basis is the economy. Political candidates crisscross the country promising they will do this or that to produce more jobs. Again, there is absolutely nothing in the Bible about a government producing jobs. The whole concept of employment was far different then than it is now.
Even the idea of electing people to governmental positions is pretty much unknown in the Bible. I suppose the “election” of Judas’ replacement could be construed as politics, but the candidates certainly did not campaign for the position.
So, what are Christians to do when confronted with issues that are not brought up in the Bible? How are Christians supposed to formulate positions regarding very emotional and at times personal issues when there is no specific commandment regarding such situations?
First Jesus, then Paul said that all the law and commandments are wrapped up in the two great commands to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Every issue and situation that arises must be compared to these two commands in order to establish a Godly position. In other words, the issue is what is the loving thing to do and not what benefits me or makes me richer etc.
Generally speaking, everything in the political arena should repulse us as Christians. There is absolutely nothing Godly, loving or Biblically sound about politics. For the most part all the rhetoric is designed to appeal to people’s emotions in order to get elected to a position of power and influence.
For the most part I have decided ,after years of believing otherwise, to treat politics the same way I treat war, sports and news; and that is to be a “conscientious objector”. My conscience objects to anyone and anything that either violates or cannot be justified by the Word of God.
I am repulsed by the notion that a good Christian must vote, volunteer and give huge sums of money to support a candidate running for office. I am repulsed that Christians believe it is our duty to turn governments into a platform for preaching our faith.
We should pray for those in authority that they listen to God and do the right things. We should pray for those who must make decisions that directly impact millions of people. Beyond this, I see no spiritual reason to be sucked into things the world seems to think are far more important than God.
I believe that if we are given the opportunity to speak up in regards to things which are done or not done in our country, state and community by casting a vote, I believe we should and I know you do as well. However, there is a growing trend within Christianity which teaches that it is our duty to set up a physical "kingdom" here in this world.
I'm not talking about the Kingdom of God. I'm talking about people being told that our duty in this world is to set up a physical world government. This troubles me greatly because it sounds exactly like something else and that's NOT good. I fear that many will be duped into ushering in something that is definitely NOT of God but of the antichrist! That's a scary thought. We need to really seek God and pray before we leap into something. The enemy is very sly and deceitful. Thanks for the reminder.
I have been sceptical of voting in the election. Politics has always been a dirty business but seems especially so in this time. My hope is in God. Not men or government. Honestly I don't think the country can be saved unless God does decide to intervene in some fashion.
[quote]Generally speaking, everything in the political arena should repulse us as Christians. There is absolutely nothing Godly, loving or Biblically sound about politics. For the most part all the rhetoric is designed to appeal to people’s emotions in order to get elected to a position of power and influence[/quote] Have you been reading my mind again? We live in a world where money is power and truth is an optional extra.
"If my people who are called by MY name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven Forgive Their Sin and Heal Their Land" God
Supporting anyone's political aspirations should not be done just on the sticky syrupy words that come from their mouths but on the way they have walked their whole lives. Too often the first thing that gets chucked out of the mix upon election to office is God's truth. But hey, what do I know? I live in a small country with government intent on selling it's assets to other countries and making financial decisions that can only make the poor of this country even poorer.