Sekai no Hikari: Light of the World

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

Politics and Christianity: Do They Go Together?

on May 23, 2013

        The other day, I was listening to someone talk about politics. Ever met one of those people who go on…and on…and on…and on about it? This was one of those people. It completely ruined my day. Now, I admit that this was partially because this guy was a major liberal who hates Christians. However, it’s also majorly annoying when conservatives get on their high horse.

         Because of this cringe-inducing interaction, I was thinking hard about politics, and what we should do as Christians. I mean, some of us are liberal, and some are conservative, right? Well, I came to a few conclusions about it, and if you disagree with me, that’s perfectly fine.

1) Actually, that’s the first one. Disagreeing about things as Christians IS OKAY. I took a theology class through church, and their most important thing they had to teach was that we do theology irenically, meaning peacefully, without anger or divisiveness. We are all going to disagree about one thing or another. We all are in the same position as human beings trying to discover the truth, and we are told to build one another up in our walk with God. Therefore, unless something is clearly a sin, one is not to force our brand of Christianity on another.

2) Argumentativeness will accomplish nothing. Don’t be the person who talks about politics all the time. There’s a reason people are supposed to avoid politics in polite conversation.

3) Our loyalties are to God first. Don’t try and change God, and don’t put your ideology before God’s. God’s priorities must be ours.

4) If politics destroys our unity as brothers and sisters in Christ, it’s not worth it. Debating is fine. In fact, it helps us think. However, if emotions run too high and people get angry, stop.

5) Don’t waste your time on party campaigning and interest groups. Remember, God is the one who chooses rulers. By all means, vote, and if God has called you to politics, go right ahead, but your volunteer time is better spent on a lasting ministry that will touch someone’s life directly.

        One last thought: It’s almost embarrassing to admit when I talk to Japanese people that Americans fight over political issues so much. Politics is keeping too many Christians from being truly effective for God. The fights, denial of our faults, hatred, and annoying Internet comments need to stop. None of that will change someone’s view. God, however, can do so. So when you go out to change the world today, don’t focus on nonessential politics. Instead, be fearless and bold in presenting the one essential: the gospel.

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