Politics And The Christian
Luke 20:25: And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar*s, and unto God the things which be God*s.
It is a Christian*s duty to cast an informed vote in every election. It is a Christian*s duty to be involved in politics. It is a Christian*s duty to be as deeply involved in politics as the Lord wills.
The United States was intended to be a nation with government of the people, by the people and for the people. Some people in our time seem to think it should be government of the powerful, by the powerful and for the powerful. Some people believe it should be government of non-citizens, by non-citizens and for non-citizens. We have courts making laws against the will of the majority of the people. We have legislative branches of the state and federal governments that are not held accountable to the people most of the time. The executive branches do not enforce the laws as the people wish. All three branches are now essentially out of the control of the people. We no longer have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The causes of this problem are the apathy, gullibility, laziness and short-sightedness of the people. The misinformation provided by most of the media perpetuates the ignorance of the people. America will not be destroyed by an outside power. We seem determined to destroy ourselves.
Psalms 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
As a people we concentrate on many wrong issues. We are on the wrong side of many issues. We are unaware that the only issue that makes America succeed and prosper is her relationship with the Lord. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. We can modify that verse and plainly say Cursed is the nation whose God is not the Lord. The people of Israel repeatedly gave us the example of going away from the Lord and being judged. When they sought the Lord they were blessed.
How should we decide who to vote for? A Christian should vote according to Biblical principles. Pastor Adrian Rogers on his program Love Worth Finding gave some of the principles I shall share with you.
A political leader should punish evil and commend righteousness. A political leader should be a faithful servant of God. The word minister in the following passage means servant. We should never support a leader who tolerates evil or does not recognize it. The source of knowledge about good and evil is the Bible. If a political leader thinks the Bible offends people and should therefore be excluded from the public domain he disqualifies himself. He eliminates the standard for right and wrong. He depends upon the human conscience to know right and wrong. Human consciences are undependable and can go wrong in a million different ways. The Bible corrects people who are wrong. It should be the moral compass for all of us.
Romans 13:1-4: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
A political leader should be a genuine believer in God who praises Him.
Psalms 148:11: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
A political leader should have wisdom.
Proverbs 8:12: I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
A political leader should recognize wisdom comes from God and he should ask God for it like Solomon did.
Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 15:33: The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1 Kings 3:7-12: And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
A political leader should be honest and merciful.
Proverbs 17:7: Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Proverbs 20:28: Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
A political leader should have righteous advisors.
Proverbs 25:5: Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
A political leader should be careful to believe truth.
Proverbs 29:12: If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
A political leader should be sexually pure.
Proverbs 31:3: Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
A political leader should be sober.
Proverbs 31:4: It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
A political leader should protect and defend his nation.
Luke 11:21: When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
A political leader should be personally charitable to the poor. Most political leaders in our time prefer to be charitable to the poor with someone else*s money. If it costs him little or nothing it doesn*t count for good in God*s eyes. A leader can encourage others to be charitable but if he forces them to do it their attitude will not be honored by the Lord either. I know of at least two political leaders in America who advocate tax increases and many programs to help the poor while most of their personal fortunes are invested in foreign countries where they won*t be taxed.
Proverbs 29:14: The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
A political leader who robs from the rich to give to the poor is not being personally charitable. God does not credit anyone with a good work who helps the poor by robbing someone else. God sees the robbery. That is essentially what happens with government welfare programs. God wants us to help the poor. We are not doing that if we pass that responsibility to government. The government cannot do as good a job of remembering the poor as next-door involved Christians. When a poor person is being helped directly by a real live person he will be less likely to ask for or receive more than he needs. Government programs go way beyond the basic needs that poor people have. Many government programs hand out luxuries. Passing our responsibility to the government is not remembering the poor as we should, it is forgetting the poor.
Galatians 2:10: Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
Government programs extend help to people that God Himself does not provide.
2 Thessalonians 3:10: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Government programs usually pay no attention to getting people to care for their own families, such as deadbeat fathers.
1 Timothy 5:8: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Government programs usually do not determine accurately who has genuine needs.
1 Timothy 5:3: Honour widows that are widows indeed.
The family is to take care of its own needs. Even the church is not to get involved unless the family is unable to care for its own. Government programs often permit families to abdicate their responsibility. Government is a lousy substitute for a family.
1 Timothy 5:16: If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the rights America originally wanted to bestow upon its citizens. Many political leaders today promise happiness, not just the pursuit of it. They are liars. They cannot keep that promise. They cannot deliver happiness. Only God can deliver that. A Christian should not depend on government to deliver what God promises. A person who wants from government what God promises is an idolater. He has a substitute for God. God promises to meet our need and wants to meet the needs of others through us. (Not necessarily through government) If we want a government that does what God commands us to do we are passing the buck. We are not obeying God. A Christian ought to know that he has a big God and doesn*t need a big government. An unbeliever will think that he needs a big government because he has such a small god. A Christian will have a big faith in God and a small faith in government. An unbeliever will have a big faith in government because he has a small faith in God or none at all.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
1 John 3:17: But whoso hath this world*s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
It appears to me that Biblical principles would eliminate most of those who have been the political leaders during my lifetime.
Many immigrate to our country and try to change it. They want the blessings that God has bestowed upon our great nation but they don*t want the God who bestows the blessings. What they do is like coming to a faucet for water and turning off the water. It is like trying to get milk after shooting the cow. It is like trying get fruit after chopping down the tree.
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