|A few thoughts concerning Christians and the current political climate.|
|Written by Josh Winslett|
|Tuesday, 10 May 2016 08:00|
First, let me say that this is not a sanctimonious rant trying to sway anyone in their vote. We can certainly discuss the candidates. Even satirically at times. But I will lovingly respect your conscience as I trust you will charitably respect mine own.
With that said, even while choosing the lesser of evils, let us not pragmatically use the Bible to advance our political pragmatism.
For example, one argument that I have seen from multiple sources shows that God can, and does, use wicked rulers to his glory. This is certainly true. God often raised up pagan kings to bring him glory. He used wicked nations both for judgment and deliverance. Nevertheless, the fact that God does use wicked men does not give us the right to actively pursue wicked leaders or excuse wickedness in leadership. Let's consider: (1) God used wicked Pharaoh to bring him glory, but God condemned Israel for seeking wicked Egypt for help against their enemies instead of trusting in Jehovah God. See Romans 9:17 and Isaiah 31:1. (2) Paul plainly condemns the idea of sinning so that God would bring more glory to himself. Just because grace does reign over sin doesn't give us the right to actively pursue sin to God's glory. See Romans 5:20-21,6:1-3. (3) With both Pharaoh and King Herod we see that God can overrule wickedness and use wicked rulers to his glory. Yet not all wicked rulers are placed in power causatively by God, nor should God ever be blamed for their personal wickedness. See Jeremiah 32:31-35.
Also, Christians shouldn't engage in bad behavior, or even endorse it just because it comes from our personal political party or furthers our political cause. God praises the faithful, humble, meek, charitable, and peacemakers. God doesn't praise the proud, backbiting, and slanderous. So we should not knee-slap and celebrate actions that are contrary to Christian discipleship. Not saying that we should be politically correct or that we cannot enjoy humor, be satirical, and speak bluntly, but God holds us accountable regardless of our patriotism. Furthermore, the example given to us by John the Baptist is contrary to rejoicing in, or making excuses for the sins of successful political leaders. John openly criticized King Herod for his adultery. King Herod was a very successful political leader and greatly expanded the temple of Jerusalem. John's criticism would cost him his life. Just because a public political figure is not our pastor doesn't mean that we ignore their sins or excuse vile behavior. We must defend truth even if it is the giving of our life.
In concluding these thoughts, let us remember that "our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ..." Regardless of your voting affiliation, please do not pragmatically use the Bible to justify bad behavior. Let us never let our Americanism trump our Christianity.
Please consider reading for Bible study tonight: Proverbs 6:16-19, Galatians 5:13-26, and Matthew 5:1-16.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 08:03|