I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Christians ought to conduct themselves in relation to politics. Over my adult life I have seen a disturbing trend as the conservative right-wing has co-opted Christianity and even gone so far as to revise our history and make our founding father’s into legendary Christian men of strong faith and conviction. (Ahem…)
When I read my Bible, I find very clear instruction from Christ (in his own words and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit with the Apostles). It breaks down to three simple principles:
1. All governmental authority comes from God and is an expression of His sovereign Will. (Romans 13:1-7)
2. We should pray for our leaders. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
3. We should pay our taxes. (Matthew 17:24-27; and Matthew 22:15-22)
That’s about it. Nothing in there about voting. Not a word about legislating scripture. No command to picket, or subvert, or revolt.
I’m praying and meditating on this daily and finding myself less and less interested in what’s on MSNBC, CNN, and FoxNews.
I keep coming back to, “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36
Your thoughts & comments are welcome.